Wednesday, January 21, 2015
We have had the corn planter in the shop this week. This machine is a Case-IH model 1250, 24-row no till planter. It was purchased in the summer of 2011, and has planted the corn crops for 2012, 2013, and 2014. Check the posts for August 17 and 18, 2011 for the arrival of this machine to the farm. After these 3 years, the openers were showing some wear… not bad, but ready for this repair. Instead of trading off the planter for a new one, we decided to re-build the row opener units. It’s a cost-saving method. This shop work will get 1-2 more years of service out of this machine.
The opener blades are the soil-engaging parts on each row. They open the seed trench into which is placed the precious seed. They are circular disks, 14 inches in diameter, mounted at about a 7º angle to each other. One blade runs just ahead of the other, making for the narrowest of slots in the soil. When these blades wear down to 13.5″ in diameter, (and these were) they are due for replacement.
To complete this task, the row ‘cleaners’ were removed, then the depth-gauging wheels, and finally the opener disks. New opener disk blades were installed, then the gauge wheels reassembled, and then the row cleaners.
To get a feel for what John and Brandon have accomplished, here are some pictures.
It took John and Brandon a couple days to get this task accomplished. It’s done now and ready for spring planting. It’s great to have a warm place to work on these types of winter projects. They did this repair work while also taking time to deliver loads of corn to GPC to fill January sales contracts.
Thanks to John for the pictures. I must admit, I was not present when this work was taking place… the new shoulder won’t let me pull on wrenches just yet.
It’s another sunny and relatively warm January day in southwest Indiana!