Winter Storage of GPS and Guidance Products

Melissa SandfortAg Leader, Insights Weekly

Insights WeeklyDecember is here and for most of the country that means that seasons are changing and the time for field work to wind down and machinery to be stored in the shed for winter has come. If you are in a part of the world where it feels like summer is never-ending, GPS storage may be the last thing on your mind. So for those of you who actually get to experience seasonal changes there is a proper way to store GPS equipment during the winter.

It is true GPS equipment especially receivers are designed to be weather resistant. However, if your equipment will be stored for an extended period of time it is recommended that you remove the hardware and take it to a more protected environment.

When the receivers and other equipment are removed it is also advised to dock the cabling so it is not exposed to the elements. In the case of the Ag Leader ParaDyme roof module use the provided dummy connectors on the roof rail. If you have one of the other Ag Leader receivers, it is best to remove the cable from the roof and store it in the cab. This will help prevent water and dust from entering the cable ends possibly damaging or allowing corrosion to take effect. Removing the cable can sometimes be difficult. If this is the case, wrapping the end in electrical tape will also do the trick.

Ag Leader also recommends removing displays and the combine grain flow sensor from the combine in the fall. This helps preserve the integrity of displays as well as prevents rodents from snacking on the potting material in the flow sensor.

If you have any questions about this or any other subject please do not hesitate to call Ag Leader’s tech support line at 515-232-5363.

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