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  25 Tips To Get Drills,   Planters In Tip-Top Working Order Contents Some Planter Pointers ....................................................................................................................................2Offseason Is For Updates ...............................................................................................................................5Advice From Planter Pros Worth Heeding .................................................................................................6Maintenance And Repair ..............................................................................................................................7Last-Minute Adjustments ..............................................................................................................................7Recommended echnology And Attachments ...........................................................................................8 By Martha Mintz  www.no-tillfarmer.com  25 Tips To Get Drills, Planters In Tip-Top Working Order   Page 2 25 Tips To Get Drills, Planters In Tip-Top Working Order No-tillers, equipment experts share their annual drill and planter maintenance checklists that are must-dos for successful stands.  here may be nothing worse or no-tillers than heading to the fields in the spring and being sidelined by a maintenance issue with their planter — especially i the window o opportunity to plant is tight and the breakdown could have been avoided.Proper maintenance and checkups during the offseason can help ensure planting season gets started without a hitch. o help with this task, No-ill Farmer asked no-tillers to share advice on how they keep their planters and drills in good working order. No-tillers rom all over the world responded.Te ollowing tips help define how these no-tillers evaluate wear points, tweak various row unit settings and determine i new parts will pay off with less downtime come planting. Some Planter Pointers 1 Check disc openers or correct sharpness and blade diameter. — Blake Vince, Merlin, Ontario, no-tiller  2 Evaluate the depth-gauge arm and wheel. Te wheel should not rub against the disc. I it does, adjust with shim washers or threaded bushings. Replace the arm i excessive wear is noted. — Jim Hershey, Elizabethtown, Pa., no-tiller and custom planter  3 Keep good opener blades and bearings on the planter. — Grant Corley, Westphalia, Kan. 4 Make sure bolts are tight on parallel arms. Replace bushings and bolts i there is any wear. — Hershey  5 Replace chains any time they’re stiff or worn in any appreciable amount. Stiff chains jerk the planting unit and cause uneven seed drop. — Corle y  6 Remove meter covers every year and examine them. — Hershey   www.no-tillfarmer.com  25 Tips To Get Drills, Planters In Tip-Top Working Order   Page 3 7 Have meters tested every 1 or 2 years or every 300 to 400 acres. — Hershey  8 . “I routinely have my finger meters calibrated on a MeterMax test stand. — Vince 9 No-tillers with belts and brushes in their meters should change them every 3 years. — Hershey  10 Get out the manual and use it. “Te owner’s manual specifically shows you a picture o how to do most procedures, such as leveling or adjusting disc opener contact. I amiliarize mysel with the manual requently.” — Ordway Boriack, College Station, Texas 11 Assess seed firmers. I needed, adjust the tension bolt. — Hershey  12 Replace worn seed firmers. A well-rounded bottom will not do a good job firming the seed. — Hershey  13 Be sure that all closing wheels are perectly aligned behind the double-disc opener so that they close evenly on either side o the trench.Spiked closing wheels should be 2¼ to 2½ inches apart at the bottom. Planters set up with one spiked closing wheel and one regular closing wheel should be 1 7/8 inches apart. — Hershey  14 Check the presswheels in the back to make sure they’re the same distance rom each side o the trench.We allow about 2½ inches between the rubber closing wheel and the Dawn Curvetine. Change the wheels accordingly with spacers i needed. — Boriack  15 We replace our disc openers every other year on our 1770 planter. At times, it looks like we’re wasting time, money and energy because they’re not worn or completely worn out.However, we’ve seen the difference in time savings and in stands due to the sharp blades with new bearings.  www.no-tillfarmer.com  25 Tips To Get Drills, Planters In Tip-Top Working Order   Page 4 Planting gets done in a timely ashion and we’re not spending a bunch o time stopping to fix equipment. —Kurt Kocher, Glasco, Kan. 16 Measure the diameter o double-disc openers. Tey should be no less than 14½ inches in diameter; otherwise, they get replaced. — Boriack  17 Flush out liquid pumps and hoses with a non-abrasive fluid to clean out old ertilizer. Also make sure all hoses are pliable and replace any that have dried out. — Hershey  18 Check the double-disc opener blade contact in the ront. Add or remove shims as needed. — Boriack  19 Chains should be snug and rust-ree. Make sure there are no rusty chains and replace i needed.Lubricating at the beginning and end o each season will make or longer chain lie. — Hershey  20 Look at the drive chains to see i they’re worn or stiff.I they’re stiff, just replace them because they aren’t worth the hassle o reeing them up. — Boriack  21 Check all chain idlers and bushings and replace i worn. — Hershey  22 Make sure scrapers are rubbing against the double-disc openers — but not too much; otherwise, wearing will occur on scrapers and openers. ake a small fish scale and pull against the scraper to measure pressure. I usually like to have about 8 to 10 pounds o pressure on them. — Boriack  23 est disc openers by olding a piece o paper in hal and sliding it between the discs rom the top. Fold another piece o paper in hal and slide it up rom the bottom. Tere should be a space o about 2½ to 3 inches where the papers do not touch. I this isn’t the case, disc openers are probably worn and could make a “W” instead o a clean “V” trench, causing uneven depth o seed placement.
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