Premier Trencher Attachment Preventative Maintenance03/16/2016 Spring weather is here for some lucky individuals in this country and for the rest of us it will be here really soon. Knowing that the pace of business will be picking up, now is a great time to go over your Premier trencher attachment to make sure that everything is in good order before you go out and start trenching. Here are a few of the key items for you to check out before digging: 1) Inspect the teeth on the chain. Look for worn out, broken, lose or even missing teeth. Having good teeth can make an enormous difference in how productive the trencher attachment will perform. 2) Check out the nose wheel bearing and the nylon dust guards that surround the bearing. This bearing spends its life down in the dirt all the time so it's always a good idea to keep an eye on it. 3) Check for proper chain tension. Having the chain too loose can cause it to roll off the nose while having it too tight can put additional wear on the bearings. A good rule of thumb is to have about 1" to 1-1/2" of slack in the middle of the chain while holding up off the ground and the boom horizontal. 4) Check and inspect the gear lube in the planetary. Top off as needed or replace if it's been 500 hours or has a milky look to it. 5) Inspect your hydraulic hoses to make sure they are not damaged, always remember to NEVER put you hand over a leak. Taking the time to check these few items can make a big difference in your production and the life span of your Premier trencher attachment. Here is a link to the trencher manuals section of our web site. If you have any questions on maintaining your Premier trencher attachment or need help finding parts, feel free to contact us at any time.