As planting season approaches, our focus shifts not just to the fields but also to the machinery that will make it all happen. Today, we took a closer look at our trusty Western Star Truck, specifically around the hoist area. While it might seem like a simple inspection, it’s these small checks that ensure our hauling process, especially when laden with essential seeds and fertilizers, goes off without a hitch.

Hoist Inspection:

Our inspection started with a glance at the hoist, a component that plays a pivotal role during planting time. What immediately caught our attention was the telltale sign of a leak. The outer surface of the hoist was damp, indicating an issue that needed addressing. Taking a closer look inside the hoist well, we found more evidence of wear and tear. Dust and grime clung to the interior, a clear indicator that the top stage was experiencing excessive wear. This wear not only causes external leaks but also disrupts the smooth operation of the hoist, leading to chattering as it moves up and down.

Seal Condition and Repairs:

Assessing the condition of the seals, we realized they were far from optimal. While resealing the hoist stages might be a solution, a definitive decision could only be made after removing the hoist from the truck. Examining the stages closely, especially the wear at the seal points, would determine the viability of resealing or the need for a replacement. It’s an intricate process that ensures the hoist operates seamlessly, crucial when transporting heavy loads during planting season.

Beyond the Surface:

During our inspection, we didn’t just stop at oil leaks. A keen eye revealed a cracked resting plate that supported the hoist on both sides. This unexpected find emphasized the importance of looking beyond the obvious issues. In the world of machinery, one problem can often lead to another, making thorough inspections vital.

Diverter Valve Service:

Moving on, we examined the diverter valve, a component that enables oil transfer between the front hoist and the trailer’s hoist. A visible leak indicated that it needed attention. Fortunately, this was a relatively simple fix involving the replacement of a few o-rings. Addressing this issue promptly would prevent potential oil wastage and ensure the smooth functioning of the hydraulic system.


In conclusion, our Western Star Truck, while reliable, needed a bit of attention before the planting season kicked in. Addressing the hoist issues, the cracked resting plate, and the diverter valve promptly ensures that when the time comes, our truck will be ready to bear the load efficiently and effortlessly. As farmers, these preemptive checks are our way of guaranteeing a seamless planting experience, allowing us to focus on what truly matters: nurturing our crops and ensuring a fruitful harvest come autumn. With these inspections, we’re not just maintaining a truck; we’re upholding a promise of productivity and efficiency on our farm.