Don’t wait for next month, paid members get full access to articles along with many other great premium features. Depending on the location across the country, first-cut silage is well under way and thanks to the recent dry spell of weather, a lot of silage has been gathered. With a mixed weather forecast for the days ahead, it is an ideal time for contractors to check their loaders, helping avoid downtime when the weather picks up. The first thing Martin highlighted was that contractors need to check when the machine was serviced last. Typically, these loading shovels have a basic service interval of 500 hours. The last thing any contractor wants is for something such as a fuel filter to give hassle when the pressure is on. Many of the newer loading shovels come with reversible fans which help to keep dust and debris out of the machine’s radiator and engine. It is important that the reversible fan is checked to see if it is functional. Depending on the machine, the reversible fan can either be switched on from inside the cab or it may be set through an ECU, where it can be set to run one direction for a set period and another direction for another set period. The cab filters sh...