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Planter Inspection Checklist

Mar 10, 2019

Planter Inspection Checklist

 

During the fall our CFE agronomists spent hours reviewing and placing the correct hybrid for your acre. Give that seed the best possible yield potential with proper equipment maintenance. Probably the most important piece of equipment coming out of the shed is the planter. Here is quick checklist to use to gage the status of your equipment and use this time to get prepared for the planting season.

 


General Areas to Check

  Broke Missing Needs Replacing Slightly Worn New
Safety Chains 1 2 3 4 5
Hydraulic Hoses 1 2 3 4 5
Hose Support 1 2 3 4 5
Markers – Blades/Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
Marker Cylinders 1 2 3 4 5
Lift Cylinders 1 2 3 4 5
Wheels/Bearings/Lugnuts 1 2 3 4 5
Transport Tires/Bearings/Pressure 1 2 3 4 5
Drive Wheel/Bearings/Pressure 1 2 3 4 5
Drive Chains/Bearing/Disconnect 1 2 3 4 5
Hydraulic Motor/Chains/Hoses 1 2 3 4 5
Fertilizer Openers/Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
Fertilizer Hoses 1 2 3 4 5
Fertilizer Pump/Chains/Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
Seed Transmission/Chains/Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
SMV Emblem 1 2 3 4 5
Warning Lights 1 2 3 4 5
Parallel Arm 1 2 3 4 5
Parallel Arm Bushings 1 2 3 4 5
Drive Chains/ProShaft Drive 1 2 3 4 5
Drive Chain Sprockets 1 2 3 4 5
Marker Cylinders 1 2 3 4 5
Drive Chain Idlers 1 2 3 4 5
Closing Wheel Brkt/Bushings 1 2 3 4 5
Closing Wheel Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
Gauge Wheel Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
Gauge Wheel Clearance 1 2 3 4 5
Gauge Wheel Arm 1 2 3 4 5
Disc Opener Diameter 1 2 3 4 5
Disc Opener Setting 1 2 3 4 5
Seed Tube Wear 1 2 3 4 5
Seed Tube Protector Wear 1 2 3 4 5
Row Cleaner Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
Row Cleaner Teeth Wear 1 2 3 4 5
No-Till Blade Wear 1 2 3 4 5
No-Till Blade Bearings 1 2 3 4 5
No-Till Blade Depth Correct No Yes      
 

Keetons/Seed Tubes

  1. Keetons – wear part; expect to replace every year
    • Bottom of firmer needs to be flat
    • Tension set between 12-20 oz.
  2. WaveVision/Bullseye Seed Tubes
    • Wear at bottom of tube
    • Eliminate any build up inside tube
    • Clean sensors

Meters

  1. eSets or Finger Meters
    • Replace brushes annually
    • Check for wear on skip stop pad, brush, backing plate, and belt
    • Inspect springs and fingers for damage or wear
    • Run all meters behind tractor tires for performance issues
    • Measure wear on singulators, fragment extractor, short/long brushes, and vac seals
  2. vSet Meters
    • Visual inspection of disks, singulator, knock-out wheel, and vac seals

Implement Control System

  1. AirForce
    • Check belt idler and tension
    • Replace air filter annually
  2. RowFlow
    • Run Health Checks
    • Look for pinched or damaged harnesses
    • Verify all tie straps are still in place
  3. CleanSweep
    • Visual inspection of rubber bellows/boots
    • Pressurize cylinder lines and listen for leaks
    • Visual inspection on disk for build-up and wear

SRM Control System

  1. SRM System
    • Check all harnessing for pinched or exposed wires
  2. Deltaforce
    • Run Health Check
    • Visual inspection for external leaks
  3. SpeedTubes
    • Run Health Check
    • Wear on idler assembly, drive pulley assembly, feeder wheels, wheel comb, belt, and rumble strip

Options/Attachments to Maximize Yields

  1. 20/20 Seed Sense Monitor – Complete Performance Monitoring
  2. Meter Performance – Vset – Ability to plant wide variety of Seed Sizes
  3. Vset Select – Ability to match hybrid to soil zone potential 
  4. Seed Management – Keeton Firmer – Insure seed placement to seed trench
  5. Wave Vision – Remove dust issues with sensors 
  6. Down Pressure – Air Force – Automatic control of down pressure (Planter wide)
  7. Variable Rate – Row Flow – hyd motor and swath control (Sections) 
  8. vDrive – Electric meter control w/swath control (row by row) 
  9. vDrive Insecticide – Precise insecticide control & VRT control 
  10. Residue management – Clean Sweep – Ultimate control of row cleaners (cab control)
  11. Fast Planter Performance – Speed Tube – Max control of seed placement 
  12. Nitrogen Control – HD vApply …. Accurate rate control
 
Contact our Innovate Team to make sure you have a great start to this planting season. 




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