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9 Steps to Preparing Your Spreader for the Season

The start of the season is just around the corner and your spreader should be in peak condition and ready to go. If it's not, here are 9 simple steps to get you started. 

Michael Connell

2 min read | It’s time to dust off your spreader and get it ready for the upcoming season. By properly servicing your spreader, you will create reliable and safe working conditions for yourself, as well as lengthening the life of the machine. It’s important to remember that these maintenance tasks aren’t reserved solely for the beginning of the season; you should be carrying these out before any prolonged storage period and also when the machine has been used extensively during the season.

By following these nine general maintenance guidelines, your spreader will work like…well, like a well-oiled machine. As always, when performing maintenance of any kind it is important to remember to take care that nobody is in the danger zone!

  1. Clear the hopper of fertilizer residue, if there is any.
  2. Jet-cleaning the machine thoroughly. Allow time for the machine to dry thoroughly.  
  3. Grease the machine with rust preventive around the sliding area of the feed ring mechanism.
  4. Grease the machine lube points as directed in the manual.
  5. Check the condition of the spinner discs and spoons for any wear.
  6. Damaged or worn spinner discs and/or spoons may affect the spreading pattern. Replace these as needed if you note any wear.
  7. When you are fitting spoons, tighten the bolts with a maximum torque of 11 ft-lb.
  8. Check the oil level of the gear box frequently. Refer to your manual for proper levels.
  9. Ensure the PTO shaft telescopes smoothly. A damaged PTO shaft may cause excessive wear and tear to the machine and tractor.

Completing these simple maintenance jobs will allow you and your spreader to be ready for the upcoming season. For more information, see the Lely Spreader Owner's Manual or brochure.

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