Farm Mechanics

Requirements for Farm Mechanics merit badge from ? to January 1, 1998.

  1. List 10 common tools found in a well-equipped farm shop and explain how to safely use each one.
  2. Explain how power is produced or transferred in a:
    1. Diesel engine
    2. Hydraulic system
    3. Transmission or any other power system.
  3. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Put a new handle in any tool found on the farm.
    2. Build a tool rack with storage for nails, bolts, nuts, and washers.
    3. List safety features that should be found in a farm shop.
  4. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Adjust farm equipment or machinery.
    2. Pick a piece of farm machinery or equipment. Check all nuts, bolts, and screws. Tighten any that are loose. Replace those that are missing, worn, or damaged. List things you did.
    3. Repair broken or worn farm machinery or equipment.
  5. Do ONE of the following:
    1. Do the following on an engine-powered machine: grease, change oil and oil filter, clean air cleaner, flush cooling system, clean radiator fins, replace diesel fuel filters.
    2. With any farm machine, do a daily service check for field use. (Do things needed for best field performance.)
    3. Prepare any farm machine for winter.
  6. Visit an implement dealer. Interview the dealer technician or service manager for hints on good preventive maintenance. Ask why it is important. What are the costs? What happens that causes wear or damage? Report what you discovered.

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