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Planter maintenance series
Part 1: Daily planter maintenance
Daily maintenance on Case IH planters is limited to a few simple lubrication and component checks—but performing them can make all the difference when it comes to the efficiency of your machine. Follow these steps to ensure regular, optimal performance:
- Identify grease points by reviewing the lubrication section of your planter operator’s manual.
- Units equipped with a PTO fan drive have a separate planter-mounted oil reservoir. Confirm that the oil is at the proper level; check the oil cooler for debris that could impair airflow; and verify fan operation to assure proper system cooling.
- Numerous planter drive chains should be lubricated using Case IH chain lubricant.
- Check all air intake screens on vacuum or bulk-hopper fan inlets.
- Lubricate all frame pivots.
- Lubricate drive couplers and driveshaft grease fittings according to operator’s manual specifications.
From time to time, your Advanced Seed Meter and Early Riser row unit may also need some “as required” maintenance. Basically, this means that units can be operated without need for specific maintenance checks as long as meter function is up to standard and seed placement and seed furrow opener performance is satisfactory. The key to defining “as required” maintenance is quite simply inspect behind the planter. The outcome of these inspections will determine if adjustment is necessary on meters or row units.
- At least once a day, stop and open the seed trench behind the planter on varying rows to perform a full planter inspection; this is especially important when starting each season or when making planter changes or adjustments.
- Look for seed-trench opening disks and firming-point depth. Check seed depth from the press wheel impression to the seed. Do not measure from the gauge wheel impressions, or the surface of the soil between the row unit and gauge wheel tracks.
- Check seed spacing and placement to confirm seed-meter accuracy and setting.
- Confirm covering disk action and seed trench closure.
- Verify press wheel function.
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