Top Three Planting Glitches Thus Far
Apr 13, 2016
It's odd, but mechanical maladies seem to appear in multiples. If we see one type of problem, we'll usually see at least two or three other machines with identical if not similar problems. In case you run into similar problems…
-there's been an outbreak of electrical connectors that aren't fully seated/completely latched. The symptoms are no power to the planter, or low power, or intermittent power. Some of the new electrical connectors between tractor and planter are REALLY sealed against moisture and dust, and that can make them a challenge to fully seat and latch. Be sure you hear and feel a distinct click on any push-together connectors. On the circular connectors you first push together then turn a circular collar to latch them, don't push the connectors together until you're sure the pins are correctly aligned. The connector should "want" to start to go together. Then, when you twist the collar, be sure you twist it until you feel it "click" into it's final spot.
-remember, if you have a vacuum planter, that many of the hydraulic motors that power the vacuum fans need to be connected to the tractor so you push the lever/paddle FORWARD to make the fan run. So the "pressure" hose from the planter for that hydraulic motor needs to go in the "return" hydraulic coupler on the tractor. Unless the owner's manual for your brand of planter specifically says to do it differently.
-No matter how well prepared you are, and no matter how confident you are that you've got your planter in tip-top condition…if your planter has individual seed boxes on each row, never, never, NEVER fill those boxes over half full when you first go to the field. The farming gods sit in their heaven and laugh at such naive confidence. The more seed you put in seed boxes on the first day in the field, the better the chance that you'll have to lift every one of those boxes off the planter to adjust or make repairs. Guaranteed.