High maintenance equipment
What do you consider your highest maintenance equipment, and does it affect how you farm?
I think the combine takes more of my time and money than anything else. But, there's not too much I can do about it at my age and the amount of money I'm willing to spend on anything else.
A grain vac is a wonderful machine in my mind, although I know many farmers hate them. But, they are much better than a scoop shovel. The vac and the hoses wear out quickly.
From the 60's through the 90's, we farmed with an FMC Sidewinder, which is a giant rototiller we run about 2" deep. Max speed is about 3.5 mph or the machine gets on top of the gorund and walks insted of tills. They are a maintenance hog, as well. All the knives maintain plus a high torque drive line.
Re: High maintenance equipment
Combine by a significant margin. Read that sugar beet lifting equipment is high maintenance. Probably this category would include potato (potatoe?) lifting and rock picking implements.