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About Hot Rod Farmer

Ray is a farmer in New Jersey, USA. He wants to use his knowledge and love of machinery to help farmers prosper. He says; I want your yield bump and business savvy reinvested to bring more value to the next harvest season and not consumed by avoidable equipment failures. For this reason, I have created the Farm Machinery Digest website and Idle Chatter podcast. It is a means for me to transfer knowledge to you about all aspects of the equipment that is employed in modern-production agriculture.

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Are you the greatest stumbling block to your farm’s success?

Do you want to feed your ego or your chequebook? You may be suffering from “not invented here” syndrome. Ray…

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Diesel nozzles: Maintaining mechanical injectors

For more than fifty years most if not all engines that power farm equipment have been of the compression ignition…

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Ray’s annual check-up: How to determine engine health

The modern farm has a myriad of equipment that employs internal combustion engines of many types. Gasoline, diesel and natural…

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Farm shop forensics: How to uncover machinery failures

As a farmer, you need to find why a mechanical device failed of wore out prematurely. US farmer, Ray Bohacz,…

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Best under pressure: Simple steps to maintain hydraulic systems

In the last 100 years there have been mechanical advancements that have completely changed agriculture in America. The tractor, combine,…

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Machinery: Sudden death syndrome is not only for soybeans

Did you know that batteries in equipment can suffer from SDS? If not, you are not alone. Ray Bohacz explains…

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Give it a lashing! Understanding valve lash

Here I help you understand the need to maintain valve lash on all farm engines. The steps required, and the…

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Ray’s Farming Toolbox Test 7

Test your knowledge every month with Ray’s Toolbox Tests. Simply answer the questions, hit the Submit button, and find out…

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Leak-proofing engine sheet metal – tips from Ray

In the vernacular of engines the timing cover, oil pan and valve covers are identified as sheet metal. In agriculture…

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Ray’s Farming Toolbox Test #6

Test your knowledge every month with Ray’s Toolbox Tests. Simply answer the questions, hit the Submit button, and find out…

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Curing small engine starting woes with Ray

The small gasoline engine is employed for a myriad of tasks on the farm. For the most part they are…

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Ray’s Farming Toolbox Test #5

Test your knowledge every month with Ray’s Toolbox Tests. Simply answer the questions, hit the submit button, and find out…

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3 simple steps to decrease equipment failure

Do not let your profits fly out the farm shop door! It is not what you make… it is what…

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Ray’s Farming Toolbox Test #4

Test your knowledge every month with Ray’s Toolbox Tests. Simply answer the questions, hit the Submit button, and find out…

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Slow cooked: Reducing the impact of heat soak.

Everything on a farm works hard and an engine is no exception. Regardless of whether it is gas or diesel,…

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Ray’s Farming Toolbox Test #3

Test your knowledge every month with Ray’s Toolbox Tests. Simply answer the questions, hit the Submit button, and find out…