Calling All Models!

Official Rules for Fastline Antique Calendar Contest:

Fastline wants to highlight the workmanship and craftsmanship of your restored Antique Tractor for Fastline’s 2018 calendar.

No purchase or entry fee necessary.

All tractors must be made before 1991 in order to be eligible

All Pictures must be entered by 11:59 pm EST Jan 31, 2017. All photos will need to be entered via Facebook. Please include year, make, model and information about the restoration including owner/restorer names.

All photos must be original and taken by you

Set digital device on highest setting and send original file (do not resize or modify the image). Landscape version and nice background preferred (no animals or people in photos). Sorry, we can only accept digital photos for this contest.

Fastline Media Group reserves the right to use submitted photos for any purpose and submitted photos become the property of Fastline Media Group

Fastline Media Group will choose the top photos to be displayed via Social Media and at National Farm Machinery Show in Feb 2017 for voting by the public

Fastline Media Group will make the final decision for which photos appear in the Calendar.

Fastline Media Group reserves the right to cancel/suspend the contest at any time

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Steps to Take to Prepare Your Sprayer for Storage for the winter

 

Winter is coming! Harvest is winding down and the winter months are right around the corner with that said comes preparing your sprayer for next spring.  Big Ag has your steps to take to get your sprayer ready for protecting it from the effects of snow, rain, sun and wind.

Clean Your Sprayer

Make sure you clean and rinse the outside of the sprayer to prevent cross-contamination problems.  Make sure there is no leftover mixture in the tank.  Clean the whole system which includes the tanks, hoses, filters, and nozzles.  Leaving chemical residue in nozzles could lead to changes in their flow rates, as well as in their spray patterns.  This could result in uneven application of chemicals.

Winterize

It’s important to flush the system with clean water. Also drain the tank and open all valves.  Use compressed air to blow out any leftover liquid from solution lines.  Removing any remaining moisture from the sprayer parts will help with preventing freezing from happening.  Circulate antifreeze (preferably recreational vehicle antifreeze) through the entire wet system to keep it from freezing in the winter.

Storage

Make sure to store the sprayer in a dry building.  Cover any openings to the sprayer to keep insects and dirt from getting in.  Find another way for cover if storing in a building isn’t possible.  If you’re storing a trailer-type sprayer, put blocks under the frame or axle and reduce tire pressure during storage.

One Final Check

If there are any scratches on the sprayer repair them with paint to prevent corrosion.  Also check tanks and hoses to make sure there are no cracks and repair or replace the ones that do.

Start your search for your next sprayer or sprayer parts at Fastline.com

 

 

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5 Things to Consider with Managing Machinery and Equipment

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When running a farm operation, machinery and equipment are vital to get tasks done.  Those tasks could be anything from producing crops to raising animals.  Having proper machinery and equipment management can improve the performance of your operation and increase income.   Efficient machinery management means having the right size and type of equipment ready to do the job at the right time for the least cost.  Here are some things to consider before making machinery and equipment management decisions.

   1. Machinery Cost

You need to be aware of the costs of owning and operating a particular piece of equipment in order to make the best machinery management decisions. Before purchasing equipment, determine whether the farming operation can support the purchase with cash or borrowed funds.  If so, you should seek the most satisfactory financing arrangement.

    2. Ownership Costs

Ownership costs for machinery and equipment include depreciation, interest on investment, taxes, insurance, and housing. Ownership costs are referred to as “fixed” costs because they occur whether or not an asset is used.

     3. Custom Hire

Custom hiring can be a good choice when you need high cost or specialized equipment for a short period. Many field tasks can be completed by using customer operators or having neighbors complete the tasks and paying them to do so.  This can reduce your initial capital investment, reduce the amount of equipment storage needed, and can save you on income taxes as custom hire is a direct expense and deductible.  Custom hiring can also be attractive if hiring is scarce.

     4. Capacity

It’s important to match current and future needs with the size of the piece of equipment you plan to purchase according to your crops being produced. If you’re just starting your operation a large tractor might not be needed right off the bat.  You may only need one small tractor and attachments to go with it.

     5. Financing

Many tractor and equipment businesses have a financing department within their company. They also offer financing packages to attract customers to purchase their brand of tractor or equipment.  They may offer attractive interest rates but you will still need to make the payments so be sure they fit your business and financial plan.  Be sure to compare the options they have versus your bank or credit union.

 

Begin your journey to purchasing that new or used piece of equipment for your operation at Fastline.com