Preventing Callouts with Juno Charger Maintenance
Many Juno callouts are caused by simple and preventable issues around the charger. By ensuring that these weekly farmer maintenance items are done, you can avoid headaches and expensive callouts by making a habit of keeping the Juno charger area clean.
1) Check the alignments of the charger prongs to the Juno
Do the charger prongs line up correctly with the Juno charger strips? When the Juno parks on the charger, are the prongs on the front 1/3 of the charger strips? Especially on the Juno 100, the charger prongs can become misaligned or bent.
If alignment isn't good, or the Juno is driving too far forward when it parks at the charger, unplug your charger and bend the prongs to adjust them. Don't forget to plug the charger back in when you are finished!
2) Sand off build-up on the charger prongs and strips
Carbon builds up on both the charger prongs and the Juno charger strips over time. This reduces the charging ability of the Juno over time. Take a moment to knock off any feed, dirt and carbon build-up on both the charger prongs and the Juno charging strips. This will help the machines park accurately and extend the life of your battery.
The fastest way to do this task is with a cordless grinder and a flapper disk. If you invest in having the right tools, you can be sure the job will get done regularly.
3) Clean up feed from the charger area
The Juno is designed to push feed, but sometimes it pushes feed right into the charger area. When this builds up between the Juno and the charger wall, the feed can push your machine away from the charger until it misses. In barns where the Juno drives into a blind corner, sometimes so much feed ends up in front of the Juno that it can't drive far enough forward to hit the charger.
Prevent this build-up of feed by not overfeeding near the charger, and when or if build-up does happen, fork it out so it doesn't cause problems.
4) Check under the Juno's parking position for 'speed bumps'
A common issue is the build-up of hardened feed dust directly under the Juno where it parks in the charger. The feed dust compacts and builds up into little speed bumps. Eventually, they are large enough for the Juno to roll off them after it finishes parking, causing it to drift away from the charger. If you notice your Juno is sitting crooked in the charger, this could be the cause.
This is much less likely to happen if you are doing #3 above, but if you find these small bumps on the floor right where the Juno parks, simply scrape them off with a prybar.
If you have any other questions about your Juno, don't hesitate to call our team at 1-866-601-5532! Press '2' to get a technician from the feeding department and they will be more than happy to talk about your Juno maintenance