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New Year: Time For Shop Cleanup

How about starting spring cleaning — in the initial stages of the new year? It’s a great way to get a jump on New Year’s resolutions and get your shop in tip-top shape. Here’s your guide to doing that.

Step 1: Declutter
It’s the first — and hardest — step to cleaning. Old farmers hang on to extra supplies because you never know. But ridding yourself of the old and replacing it with the new is often the best play.

Pro tip: If it’s been around unused for years, you don’t need it.

Step 2: Wipe it down
Exhaust fumes grime up walls. A little elbow grease goes a long way toward giving your shop a clean transformation to its former glory. Degreaser and quality paper towels work best.

Step 3: Put things up
A clean slate means little if you can’t get things up out of the way. Hang large items with brackets, to keep them away, yet within reach. Cabinets and shelves are great for smaller items and install easily.

Step 4: Service your equipment
Spring will be busy! You won’t spend much time inspecting tanks, fittings, and pumps during the growing season. As the weather cools, take inventory of your agricultural and livestock staples.

  • 1. Clean horizontal tanks: Use a spray tank cleaner for an easy cleanup. Watch for algae, sediment, or microbial growths inside. Especially for white and translucent tanks, direct sunlight can exacerbate contamination.
  • 2. Check tank fittings: Faulty tank fittings can cause liquid loss. Cracks on threaded fittings can suggest the tank’s integrity is questionable. Sound tank fittings reduce stress and help to avoid leaks.
  • 3. Drain nurse wagon: Empty tanks and nurse trailers. This helps to prevent breaks in freezing conditions. Check for cracks or cuts, and apply thread sealant to pipe threads. Flush the system with water, wash the trailer, and cover the engine or store it indoors.
  • 4. Transfer pumps: Drain your pumps for winter to prevent freezing. If you’re unable to, remove motors and store them in a climate-controlled environment. Shut off water supply lines and add fuel stabilizers if you are running a gasoline engine.

Check tractors, trailers, and other equipment. Ensure motors are running.

Step 5: Inspect your tools
Is the set complete? Some pieces are tough to keep track of. Are you using rusted-out tools? Either way, shop Agri Supply to replace and upgrade your hand tools. They come with a lifetime warranty.

Step 6: Get new supplies for the new year
Stock your shop with everything you need next year. Shop hand cleaners and wipes, towels and rags, and more. Get ready now so you can walk into a fresh shop in the spring.

It’s a change of pace to close up shop for the winter. Enjoy well-deserved time off — after you prep for spring. Shop Agri Supply for everything you need to start the season the best you can!

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