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Research Reveals Top 5 Causes of Tractor Breakdowns

A new report from Machine Guard identifies the top 5 causes of breakdowns, and ways to keep farming machinery in prime condition.

Machine Guard, a leading agricultural and construction machinery extended warranty product from EPG Global, has analysed its extensive claims data of over 19,000 tractor repairs for the five years from 2016-2020 to compile the top 5 causes of breakdowns :

  1. Electrics
  2. Engine
  3. External Hydraulics
  4. Transmission
  5. Operator Environment

Holly Shepherd, Machine Guard Managing Director, commented: “Modern tractors are complex pieces of kit, and sophistication can lead to electrical failures which are number one on our breakdown list. The costs for repairing modern engines can escalate rapidly and it makes financial sense to look after the heart of your tractor which is the second most likely failure we see. Third on our list are the external hydraulics. A slow or sluggish hydraulics system is both frustrating and a sign that more serious problems may be around the corner.”

As well as compiling the top 5, Machine Guard has produced a report with tips and recommendations to keep tractors in prime condition. The full copy of the report is available at www.machine-guard.com.

Commenting on the tips and recommendations, Holly Shepherd said: “Electrical components should not be considered in isolation, it’s important to look at the vehicle as a whole. For example, failing to replace oil and filters can have a knock-on effect to other systems of the vehicle. Increasing engine performance beyond its designed specification could damage key components of the machine. If you need more performance or power, then invest in a specification that meets your demands.

“However careful you are, breakdowns can still happen – which is why our specialist warranty cover is a wise investment to get you back up and running quickly and protect your bottom line. We can help with all of your machinery warranty needs so please get in touch on support@machine-guard.com or call us on +44 (0)333 247 0205.”


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