Wresting state tournaments are done and the kids are now competing for state basketball titles, but where has the winter gone? Weeks from now the tractors will return to the fields and planting for 2017 will begin! Fortunately, you put the planter away well, but you seem to remember there were a few components that need replacement before starting to plant.
To assist in identifying what planter components may need to be adjusted or replaced, and be prepared for a great spring, review the simple list below. To download the complete Kinze Planter Checklist to print and mark up while you inspect the planter, click here.
1. Thoroughly inspect for loose hardware. Pay particular attention to:
- Parallel arm bolts
- Transport and field wheel bolts
- Center post bearing casting bolts (on pivot fold planters)
- Hitch bolts
2. Ensure safety devices are properly working:
- Safety chain is properly installed
- Safety lights work when connected to tractor
- SMV sign is attached — clean and visible
3. Check over row units and attachments:
- Disc opener blade measurements (replace if diameter is 14 1/2" or less)
- No-till coulter adjustments and diameter (replace if diameter is 14 1/2" or less)
- Closing wheel bearings alignment and condition
- Check gauge wheel adjustment and wear
4. Check driveline bearings and chains; replace as necessary:
- Chains are lubricated and turn freely
- Bearing hangers turn smoothly and are not rough
7. Make sure hitch height is adjusted correctly to keep the planter tongue level.
8. Check over the fertilizer system:
- Make sure fertilizer pumps are completely cleaned out from their last use
- Flush system with fresh water to make sure there are no leaks or delivery issues
9. Visit Kinze.com for the latest software releases to ensure all monitors and controllers are operating with the latest versions of software.
Many Kinze dealers host a yearly Kinze Planter Clinic; contact your local dealer to find out when the next one will be held. Clinics are a great opportunity to ask your dealer questions and make sure your planter is ready for spring.