reduce farm costs with minimum downtime 

As the country now emerges from the pandemic, the agriculture industry and others are facing even more challenges as input costs have risen over the past 12 months. For the Agriculture industry, higher prices for fuel, fertilizer, parts, feed, building materials and labour due to labour shortages to name just a few are already impacting spring activities and are forecasted to bring down farm incomes in 2022.

Whilst the impacts of these costs are out of the control of the farmer, some measures can be taken to reduce the impact of these rising costs

Modern farm machinery fleets are a major component of any farm’s running costs and are vital for farming activities. This machinery can be exposed to some of the most extreme conditions, most demanding usage, and harshest ground conditions. Therefore, it is vital that the care and maintenance of this equipment is a high priority for any farm to ensure the reliability and efficiency of the machinery so that it performs to its full potential and avoids unnecessary downtime, and by taking a few steps you can reduce the running costs, maintenance cost and fuel usage of your machinery fleet.

Ensuring efficiency & reduced downtime of your machinery

One of the simplest ways to contribute to optimal machinery performance is to introduce a daily preventative maintenance check into your daily activities. This daily check is as simple as:

  • Cleaning the machinery
  • Visually inspecting all major components and joints to look for any abnormalities such as wear on moving parts outside of normal wear & tear
  • Tire pressure, is it correct for the planned activity & ground type
  • Fluids & Greases, ensure there are no leaks, and all are at the right levels.

These simple checks can help ensure the longevity and performance of your machinery.

However, to make a substantial impact on the maintenance and fuel usage of the equipment, most manufacturers recommend that you use high quality genuine or approved parts in your machinery. Lubricants and fluids are some of the most vital parts of any engine or machinery.

Like genuine parts, high quality approved lubricants or lubricants meeting the machinery requirements are designed and manufactured to perform to the machinery manufacturers’ approval performances. Approved products are rigorously tested to ensure they exceed these performance levels. These lubricants are formulated to ensure they help the machinery perform to its full potential. Whereas cheaper, lesser-quality lubricants do not go through these rigorous tests and are usually blended to the minimum requirements, using the least amount of additives to meet the lower end of the tolerance levels to cut costs, thus not being as reliable to ensure your machine is performing at its potential.

Higher quality lubricants designed to exceed the machinery performance levels can be more expensive upfront but thanks to the numerous benefits over the cheaper options including:

  • Machine Longevity to ensure your machine components last longer, reducing breakdowns and extending the life of the machine
  • Longer Drain Intervals, synthetic lubricants have a longer lifespan which depending on the machine and usage allows for the drain intervals to be extended, reducing the amount of oil and the labour required for oil changes.
  • Machinery Performance, high-quality lubricants prevent the formation of deposits in the engine allowing it to run more efficiently, thus increasing reliability, boosting its performance, and enhancing productivity.
  • Fuel Economy, lowering the lubricants viscosity and enhanced lubricity at lower temperatures allows for lower overall friction and easier start-up, delivering less resistance and reducing the fuel usage of the engine.

These higher-quality lubricants can significantly lower your overall costs and save you money in the long term. These products cut your maintenance costs through reduced oil usage, lower maintenance labour hours, fewer parts replacement, less waste oil disposal and minimizing costs of lost production due to machinery downtime.

Total Energies fuel economy lubricants for agriculture

Total Energies are among the very few oil companies that can offer a dedicated range of lubricants for use in agriculture machinery that not only improves the performance of equipment but also reduces the environmental impact and running cost of the machine by reducing the fuel usage whilst achieving optimum performance levels of the engine. The main savings can be made using the fuel economy engine oils but to maximise savings, it is advised to use fuel economy transmission/backend oil in conjunction.

Totals’ top-quality lubricants can help save up to 6% on your fuel usage, that’s a saving of over €50.00 a day for a contractor.* Total Energies says that this can save 600L of fuel and 1.6 tons of CO2 per machine per annum. You can use Finol’s easy to use Fuel Economy Calculator to calculate your potential savings today by visiting; www.finol.ie/fuel-economy-calculator

Finol Oils: Distributor of high-quality approved agriculture lubricants

Finol Oils have been distributing high quality approved internationally branded lubricants for over 40 years. The experience gained by us over this time in the technical aspects of lubricants and the knowledge we have gained from our international partners such as Total Energies & Petro Canada means we can offer you impeccable service in helping you choose the right lubricant for your farm machinery and ensuring you can start to benefit from these great cost savings discussed. Finol offers the full range of Total Energies’ Agriculture Lubricants, Petro Canada Lubricants & also our own Finol AgriworX range filled with high-quality products supplied by our international branded partners.

To find out more about the full range of dedicated agriculture lubricants, contact our technical team directly at: 01 4555484; or click here


(*based on usage of 900 Litres of fuel a day by a contractor making baled silage according to FCI and fuel costs @ €0.95 per litre)

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