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What to Do Before Jacking Up a Farm Tractor?
1. Ensure That The Spare Fits The Tractor Perfectly
Get a spare tire that will fit the tractor and one that is in good condition. This is important particularly if you have rented out the vehicle or if you are not the owner of the tractor. Sometimes, the tire can be smaller than the other tires.
2. Take Out The Tractor’s Spare Tire
The spare tire should always be removed before the vehicle is jacked up. This is because removing the spare tire while the vehicle has been jacked up could cause the tractor to move off the jack thus causing accidents. Of course, you should use the right farm jack for lifting your vehicle.
3. Prepare Your Farm Tractor
First, chock the tire that is in the opposite direction of the flat tire and set up the emergency brake. This process prevents the tractor from rolling over as you lift it on the jack.
You can use two large rocks to chock the tire in the opposite direction. Secondly, ask for assistance from roadside assistance services rather than changing the tire by yourself.
4. Loosen All The Lug Nuts
You cannot safely loosen the flat tire’s lug nuts if the tractor is in the air. It is easier to rotate lug nuts when there is some resistance. Also, loosening the nuts after jacking up the vehicle will only cause the tire to spin.
After you have taken all the necessary precautions, here is what you need to do when you want to jack up your tractor.
7 Steps to Jack up a Farm Tractor
Step 1: Inspect the ground where the tractor will be parked. Ensure the surface is leveled, stable and hard enough.
You can use a metal plate under the jack or jack stand to even out the load on uneven surfaces.
Step 2: If you are on a busy road, you should place early warning signboards/signs a few meters behind the car to indicate your vehicle is under repair, and then engage the tractor’s parking brake.
Step 3: Locate the jack points; they are normally located in front of the rear wheels and a few inches behind the front wheels.
There are some jacking points placed under the rear and front bumpers. Nevertheless, when in doubt, you should always consult the manufacturer’s manual.
Step 4: Chock the wheels that are on the opposite side so that they can remain on the ground.
Step 5: Grab the best farm jack or the hydraulic bottle jack and place it under jack point.
You can then start lifting the tractor. To safely use the jack, place the handle in the appropriate position then pump it repeatedly to raise the farm tractor off the ground. Raise the vehicle to a moderate height if you do not want to use jack stands.
Step 6: If you want to do some maintenance or repairs under the vehicle, make sure that you insert the jack stands under the lifting points of the tractor.
Step 7: Bring the vehicle down after you are through with the maintenance or changing of the flat tire.
You should use the handle to lower the pressure and release the valve if you are either using a hydraulic jack or a floor jack before setting off. And then remove all the wheel chocks.
Jacking up a farm tractor is not a difficult skill. All the same, you should be careful when doing so to avoid fatal accidents or loss of life.
Other losses that you can experience from mishandling the farm tractor include loss due to reduced productivity, medical bills, insurance costs, and property damage.
To reduce accidents while jacking Up;
1. Be Mentally and Physically Fit
Any person operating a tractor should be mentally and physically fit. Otherwise, certain factors like depression, poor judgment, insufficient knowledge, fatigue or intoxication can cause a fatal accident.
2. Adequate Knowledge
Make sure that you have adequate knowledge that is required in the process. You can get the information from the manufacturer’s manual or conduct an online search of the guidelines.
3. Familiarize Yourself With The Operator’s Manual
Whenever you are changing a flat tire or repairing your tractor, first go through the operator’s manual.
The manual will indicate the process of all the repairs, and how you can deal with extreme cases. Learn all the safety procedures that you must adhere to for you to avoid accidents.
4. Conduct A Safety Check Whenever You Want To Use The Farm Tractor
Check if there are any obstacles near or under the tractor. Check if you have a flat tire or if the rear wheels are working appropriately. Lastly, check if there are any loose objects on the tractor.
Other safety tips that you should consider when jacking up your tractor include the following;
a. Use high lift jack stands whenever you are working underneath the tractor. More importantly, you should never go underneath the vehicle when a jack only holds it.
b. Use the jack and jack stands on a leveled ground.
c. Block the wheels before jacking up the tractor.
d. Use a jack to lift the tractor off the ground and not to hold it in its place.
e. Make sure that the parking brake of the track is engaged before jacking up the vehicle.
f. Gently shake the tractor after jacking it to ensure that it is secure before you can go under it.
g. Shut down the engine and the hydraulic pump while fixing a flat tire.
The tips mentioned above should help you when you want to quickly change your flat tire or carry out simple repairs on your vehicle. Always keep in mind the three basic rules for jacking up a vehicle.
Did you know how to lower a high lift jack?
The three rules are; chock the wheels that are on the opposite axle of the tractor, use a jack that can support the weight of the load and only work on a vehicle that has been appropriately jacked.