How to maximize the power and performance of your farm’s tractors and save fuel.

Make maintenance a priority. Diligent maintenance can boost performance and fuel efficiency.

Clean dust and debris from radiator screens. Over time, dust can reduce the airflow needed to cool the radiator,

resulting in excessive heat that can damage the engine and decrease performance. Replace dirty air and fuel filters regularly.

 Studies have shown that replacing  filters can result in an immediate 3.5 percent increase in engine power output.

Limit idle time. Limit unnecessary idling to save fuel. Three to five minutes of idling time may be sufficient to properly circulate cooling oil.

Gear up and throttle down (GUTD). GUTD is a fuel-saving practice that’s used when the load pulled requires less than 70 percent of the tractor’s power.

Farmers can save fuel by shifting to a higher gear and slowing the engine speed (rpm) to maintain the desired speed.

Check tire pressure often. Inflation pressure, tire sizes, load ratings and the number of tires all play a role in tractor performance.

Calculator and adjust ballasting. According to, “Tractor ballasting influences the efficiency and energy use of tractor operation.

Ballasting determines the amount of slip in any given field condition, affecting fuel consumption, field operation time and tire wear.”

Service fuel injectors. Dirty fuel injectors can cause inefficient combustion and loss of powery.

Use quality products. Quality oils, lubricants and fuel can help increase performance and fuel efficiency, while extending engine life.

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