Hustler Combi RX – winter maintenance tips

Published 15th March 2023

Scott from Hustler HQ Customer Care walks through a few Combi RX maintenance tips to help your machine stay in top shape during the winter.


Hey there, I’m Scott from the customer care team at Hustler HQ.

Today we’re with the RX wagon. Being this time of the season we’re ripping into winter silage. And yeah, we’ll just run through a few quick maintenance tips. So basically what you’re checking for on the on the wagons – three key things, greasing, making sure you got lube in the gearbox, and chain tensions.

Those are the three key key points. We’ll start at the front of the wagon. So you’ve got a couple of grease points, your tower drawbar grease point, you got your jackstand.

Those the two main grease points up front and under your front hood, there’s not too much to check over here. Probably just check for mass nesting rats, whatever might chew through your cables or wiring. This is basically the heart of the wagon.

All your hydraulics get diverted in this area. Nothing really to look for inside there. If you’ve got a Feedlink system, just check your double A battery in the Feedlink unit on top. Make sure you fit a 3.6 volt battery. No 1.5s or 1.6s. 3.6 is the one. That’s what the system runs on.

So yeah, pretty much up front that’s all you have to check. Let’s move around to the elevator. So on the elevator you got your your bearings, your your greasing points, you’ll see most of them are marked with little stickers. If the wagons older they might have rubbed off, but you got a bearing here a bearing on the inside. Grease nipples. Same for the top, one on either side. There’s a grease nipple hidden on the inside, just in front of the elevator.

Inside there. What’s quite nice with the with the RX is we have an external grease block, which gets to all the hard to reach places. There is a bearing on the inside of the gearbox. And all the axle bits get greased straight from there. I’d say I’d recommend greasing once weekly at least in-season, and give it a good grease up before you park it up at the end of each season. A few other key points to check on the elevators themselves. You have a quite a cool concertina flap system on the side here. There’s a small linkage system here. There’s one – two bolts up there. Just run a spanner (wrench) over there. Make sure that’s tight. That’s quite key.

You have your gearbox on the side here. You can check your oil levels. There’s some some – Well, there’s a window on the side here, and that bang on top there. When checking the level make sure elevator is tilted down. The hydraulic motor needs to be sitting vertical to check your level. That’s what you want: 2.9 litres in the gearbox. SAE 90 oil. Next up, chain tensioners. On your elevator you tend to your chains on the adjusters on the side of it. One on each side. Just a 24mm spanner (wrench) What you – So you loosen the lock nut, adjust the tension to your need. The way you check your tension, on the chain – if you follow the chain to the bottom point there. You want no more than five mils – five mils clearance there. And you know then you pretty much have a solid tension for your elevator.

We’ll probably run around to the cross floor tension. So basically for your crossfloor, you’ve got your two bearings on either side, you’ll have your greasing points on the bearings once again, on either side – your grease points. You want to crack loose all four bolts on the – on the shaft or on the shaft bearings, and your tensioners sit underneath there. Same thing 24 mil. And as you’re adjusting, make sure you have no less than five mils gap over there. Just – you can see the sort of lowest point there, but this is quite a quite an important part of your maintenance. The changes do stretch especially after sort of the first – first couple of weeks. You want to be checking that. The last thing you want is chains jumping off sprockets, and it just can cause a major mess.

So make sure your chains are tensioned. That’s key. We’ll move on to the – to the axles greasing in all the hard to get places is done by the grease block on the other side. But on the hubs, you’ll have a grease nipple on each of your hubs. Grease those – you want to do it yeah at least once a week. Not too many pumps of grease, four or five pumps of grease will keep it going. At the back of the wagon, you have your pusher door. Not much goes wrong with these. We’ve actually had no issues whatsoever with these at this stage which is awesome.

One thing as you can see there’s there’s normally a big white cover over here. That’s been removed, but there are these nylon – nylon bushes. They – we haven’t had to replace those. If you’re going to have to replace them, you’ll see the door will get quite a bit of movement. That’s really something your dealer should be doing anyway. So ring your dealer if you – if you have issues there. Thanks for tuning in guys. If you’d like these maintenance videos let us know, and we’ll make a few more. Once again I’m Scott, customer care team. Cheers, boys.