The Dangers of Farming
Farmers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. With nearly 170,000 farmers being fatally injured every year, often due to equipment malfunction, agricultural maintenance is an important focus for all involved in the industry. It’s also a big source of stress and expense amongst farmers. Many within this industry, however, are unaware of how easily these worries can be alleviated through the right information and products such as lubricants.
The Challenges of Agricultural Maintenance
Various challenges exist within the agricultural industry that negatively affects farmers. These very frequently arise from negligence in maintenance. They include:
- Unexpected downtimes extending the time taken for a full harvest (which is a 2-3 month process by default).
- Costly repairs due to overlooking proper equipment care.
- Mechanical hazards, such as crushing and entanglements, due to improper maintenance of mechanical equipment. For example, engines can build up deposits of dust, especially through peak harvest seasons, which can cause engine breakdowns.
- Thermal hazards, such as overheating and burning, due to improper maintenance of equipment with hot surfaces and liquids.
- Electrical hazards, such as electrocution, due to improper maintenance of electrical equipment.
- Chemical and biological hazards due to improper maintenance of equipment containing chemical or biological agents, such as sewage infrastructures and slurry tanks.
- Fires and explosions due to improper maintenance of fuel tanks and silos.
Don’t Underestimate Lubricants!
Research shows that many farmers underestimate the technologies available to them, designed to make their lives easier. For example, 47% of farmers do not believe that lubrication extends equipment lifespan and 54% do not believe that lubricants can help reduce unexpected downtimes. However, despite the underestimation, 77% still believe that they are not carrying out lubricants training as often as they should.
This lack of perspective and education on the benefits of lubricants is costing farmers thousands in maintenance costs.
Benefits Provided by Lubricants
Low-grade or a lack of, lubricants leads to rapid degradation of equipment components. Quality lubricants, conversely, can improve the lives of farmers in various ways, as described in this section.
Optimising lubrication can improve component performance by reducing friction and potential for unplanned behaviour, thereby making the component more reliable. Wear and corrosion are kept to a minimum as the lubricant removes unwanted gases and acids. Quality lubricants also include anti-oxidants, which lengthen component lifespan. This leads to fewer unexpected downtimes, allowing farmers to harvest their crops as planned and meet quotas on time. Unplanned downtimes are also costly, as they can lead to crops not being harvested and sold on time. This cost can be eliminated with quality lubricants.
Lower maintenance costs
By improving the reliability and lifespan of farming equipment, the required frequency of maintenance and oil changes are massively reduced. As components start to function exactly as they are designed to, facilitated by quality lubricants, they start to break down less. This spares the farmers from spending money or time on dealing with maintenance issues as frequently.
As maintenance procedures and downtime planning are simplified through quality lubricants, farmers are given extra time and peace of mind. These, in turn, give farmers the capability for greater output rates and further planning procedures, ultimately improving productivity.
Lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
As costs are saved throughout many areas of the business through the use of quality lubricants, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is reduced. This lower TCO will be accounted for by the reduced spending on industrial equipment (including acquisition and operation costs) and costs of lost production during equipment downtime. This makes up for much more than the cost of the lubricants and helps to obtain the best possible value from the equipment.
Farming equipment is less likely to malfunction and emit excess CO2 as their proper performance is ensured through quality lubricants. This minimises the environmental footprint of equipment; thereby improving the sustainability of the farm.
KAJO Lubricants for Agricultural Maintenance
KAJO is a trusted lubricants brand that specialises in biodegradable lubricants. They are certified with the European Union Ecolabel and the Blue Angel environmental label. They are the perfect solutions for sustainably improving your equipment reliability and durability. Below we explore a range of their products ideal for optimising agricultural maintenance.
|Kajo Bio 2050||Contains antioxidants which prolong tractor life||Lubrication of engines, sliding tracks and chain locking devices|
|Kajo Bio Temperature Flow Grease G||Excellent resistance to water – provides corrosion resistance||Lubrication of wheel flanges|
|Kajo Bio Longlife LZR 2||Great for sensitive environments||Lubrication of interlocking machines|
|Kajo Bio Grease SK1||High adhesiveness||Lubrication of wheel flanges|
|Kajo Bio Roller Grease GE 2||Low wear and protection against corrosion||Lubrication of bearings|
|Kajo Bio Grease 00||Excellent resistance to water – provides corrosion resistance||Multipurpose lubrication|