Planters and Drills

Planters and Drills
Seed Flow Monitor Manual
4 to 16 Row Seed Flow Monitor
Planters and Drills
Contact Information
202 South Main Street, Princeton Kansas 66078
1-800 SENSOR-1 that’s 1-800-736-7671
Telephone (785) 937-4466 Fax (785) 937-4386
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Seed Flow Monitor: Congratulations on your purchase of a
It was designed to take the guesswork out of your planting operation. Anytime a row
(runner) is plugged, or for any reason seeds are not going to the ground, the monitor
will sound an alarm and will indicate by means of numbered row lamps which planter
row unit has stopped. A
monitor is designed to monitor 1 through 16 rows and
give a visual and audio alarm when any seed sensor is not planting properly. The
monitor system consists of a console for 4, 6, 8, 12, 13, and 16 rows, which is
mounted on the tractor hood, fender, or within the cab. The Photoelectric seed sensors
are mounted in each planter tube in the planter or drill harness, which connects the
individual seed sensors to the console. The tractor battery (12 volts DC) powers the
monitor. The console receives information from each of the sensors and translates
this information for the operator, to let him know whether or not all rows are planting
properly. Each time a seed sensor detects a seed; the row indicator lights on the
console corresponding to that row will flash. A steady flow of seeds results in a
steady flashing of row indicator lights. The rate of seed flow is proportional to the
rate of flashing. If a planting unit is planting at a slower rate than the others are, it will
be indicated by a slower rate of flashing on the row indicator light. If one of the
sensors detects a seed flow stoppage, the console alarm will sound to alert the
operator, and a row indicator light or display corresponding to the row containing the
fault will stop flashing. The seed sensor is a photoelectric device, which is installed in
each planter or drill runner normally at the lower end of the seed delivery tube. These
sensors are located at the point to quickly detect seed flow stoppage to the ground.
The planter harness is installed on the planter or drill and connects the seed sensors to
the console.
Row Indicator Lights Mode 1&2: The light indicator switch has several
functions. In Mode 1 the light will flash each time a seed is dropped. When an
alarm condition occurs, when a row fails, if there are no seeds going down the
tube or seed blockage, the indicator will stop flashing and the alarm will sound. In
Mode 2 the lights will be off when the rows are planting in a normal condition.
The indicator lights will come on and stay on if there is an alarm condition. If all
rows are not planting, an alarm will sound for a few seconds and the light
indicator will remain on until normal planting occurs. If one or more rows are not
planting, the alarm will sound until the problem is fixed. The operator can cancel
a failed row by pushing the MODE switch up; this will cancel any row that is not
can program 2 to 12 second delays on seed drops to
accommodate different seeds. Do not use setup mode if you are not planting. The
indicator lights can be changed into Mode 1 or Mode 2 while planting. Setup
Mode Light Dimming and Set Seed Dropping Rate: The setup Mode switch
has three functions. All these functions will take place when the SET-UP switch
is pushed. The first usage is if the operator wants to dim the indicator lights, the
second is to cancel a failed row, and the third is when pressed the monitor will tell
the operator if a row(s) drops below 50% of the setup value. Only use setup when
you are planting. Installation Console: The Console should be mounted within
easy view and access of the operator without obstructing his/her normal vision.
The console can be mounted on the hood, fender (tractors without a Cab), or
within the cab on the cab frame member. Where the console can be easily viewed
and operated. The console can be mounted two ways. The first is to use two bolts
to secure the mounting bracket. The second is to use a single bolt to secure the
mounting bracket, which allows the console to swivel. NOTE: Do Not Leave
monitor exposed to harsh weather conditions for long periods of time. Extreme
moisture may damage the unit.
Photoelectric Seed Sensors: The photoelectric seed sensors are mounted in each
planter shank near the bottom of the seed delivery tubes. As seeds flow through
the sensor, they break the light path between the light source and the photo
detector. This location enables the sensors to quickly detect plug-ups or absence
of seed flow from the hopper. Since planter or drill shanks differ with different
planter or drill models, sensors are designed for specific planter models and are
not interchangeable between planters. The photoelectric sensors will detect corn,
soybean, cotton, beets, sorghum, peanuts and most other seeds normally planted.
Standard Harness: has a molded junction that secures at the center of the planter
tool bar with a single cable extending to the planter or drill hitch. The individual
row leads fan out from the molded junction with row 1 located on the left side of
the planter. Planter or Drill Operation: Turn console on by pushing the On/Off
switch. All row indicator lights are turned on, the alarm sounds momentarily and
then the console enters the operate mode. Begin planting and observe the row
indicator lights. If in Mode 1 all indicator lights should be flashing at
approximately the same rate. If one of the row lights is flashing at a slower rate
than the others, the planter row units should be checked for proper seed
population. Row Failure: The monitor continuously checks for seed flow while
planting, as indicated by the flashing row indicator lights on the console. If any
planter unit sensor is not detecting seeds, the alarm will sound continuously and
the row indicator light corresponding to the planter row unit will stop flashing,
when this happens, stop planting and check to see what is wrong with the planter
unit. If you cannot solve the problem and you don’t have a spare sensor, turn the
monitor off and on and then push the setup switch while planting and the failed
row will not trigger an alarm. The corresponding row light will stay off until you
reset the monitor.
Battery leads for the Console: The
planter and drill monitor operates on
12 volts DC only. The console battery lead has two wires; a black and red wire
each terminated in a ring terminal. The red wire must always be connected to the
positive battery terminal and the black wire should always be connected to the
negative battery terminal. Note: The red lead must be connected to the positive
battery terminal regardless of whether the batteries use a positive ground (positive
battery terminal connected to tractor chassis). If two 12 volts batteries are
connected in series always make power connection on batteries, which are
grounded to the tractor chassis. If two 6 volts batteries are connected in series,
make sure power battery terminals are not connected to each other.
Signal Cable: The signal cable from the console is terminated in a 37-pin
connector. Route this cable to the rear of the tractor near the hitch. NOTE:
Follow the side of the tractor opposite the alternator and spark plug. Secure the
cable with tie wraps in a location where it will not be pinched, cut, stepped on, or
damaged in any way. Make certain that the planter can be unhitched from the
tractor without removing any tie wraps. Harness For The Planter Or Drill: The
planter or drill harness installation is not difficult, but you must use care to locate
the harness where it will not be pinched, cut, or damaged by moving parts during
normal operation or transport of your planter or drill. The standard harness is
available in 2-32 row planters or drills, and can be used on
, Case IH, or
Dickey John monitors. If you have a John Deere harness, pin location must be
made on the monitor or harness to operate correctly.
has power (red wire)
on pin 24 and ground (black wire) on pin 26 locations. All Row Failure:
When you lift your planter at the end of the row and seed flow stops in all planter
units, the alarm will sound and all row indicator lights will stop flashing and
remain on. After approximately 2 to 4 seconds the alarm will stop sounding.
Troubleshooting: The general procedure to use if a problem occurs is to isolate
the cause to a sensor, sensor lead, planter harness, console cable, or the console,
in that order.
Make necessary repairs after the problem has been isolated.
Sensors: Check for excessive dirt inside the sensor. Check for cut or damaged
wires. Connect sensor to the planter harness in a row that is operating properly.
If it then operates correctly, the sensor is good. In some cases, static electricity
may cause dust and seed treatment to accumulate on the sensing elements in the
sensor. Enough may accumulate to cause the sensor to malfunction, which can
cause the monitor to indicate a failure condition. Low humidity and dry soil
conditions tend to cause this condition. When this occurs, clean the inside of the
sensors by using a dry bottlebrush.
If for any reason a sensor becomes
inoperative and a replacement sensor is not immediately available, use setup
option to cancel out that row. Setup is only used while planting. Restart the
monitor while planting and then push the setup switch up for 1 to 2 seconds. This
will keep the alarm from sounding for this row only. Replace the defective seed
sensor as soon as possible. If the monitor is turned off for any reason setup must
be reset to cancel any non-working rows. After the sensor is replaced make
certain the monitor is turned off and back on to reactivate the new sensor. Repair
damaged wire or wires by soldering wires together, being sure to match wire
Tape each repaired wire and then tape over cut cable covering.
necessary, move and secure cable so that the same type of damage will not occur
again. To check a non-working sensor exchanges it with another row and if the
problem follows then the problem is in the seed sensor. Upgrading Your
can upgrade your monitor to any row configuration or
Population Monitor, for a standard upgrade cost.
, can also upgrade your
harness. This will reduce your total replacement cost of a new harness. Some
harnesses cannot be upgraded. If you change to a population monitor, your seed
flow sensors need to be population sensors or at least one sensor should be to get
a correct population count. No exchange will be given for upgrading the Monitor
Harness and Sensors.
, can modify your monitor for up to 48 rows. Call us
for details.
Planter Harness: Examine the planter or drill harness for damage. Check if the
harness is cut or pinched, and carefully cut away the cable covering. Repair
damaged wire or wires by soldering wires together, being sure to match wire
colors. Tape each repaired wire, and then tape over cut cable covering. If
necessary, move and secure cable so the same type of damage will not occur
again. To cancel a row on the harness, just jump the green wire to the black wire
on the harness row that is failing.
Monitor is set up with a 37 Amp Receptacle connector to a Dickey
John, Case IH, and a
harness. The power is on pin 24 and 25 and ground
pins are on 26 and 27. If using a John Deere harness, power is on 27 pin and
ground is 28 pin.
can modify the monitor to meet your needs.
warrants to the original purchaser for use that, if any part of the product
proves to be defective in material or workmanship within three years from date of original
will (at our option) either replace or repair said part. This warranty does not
apply to damage resulting from misuse, neglect, accident, or improper installation and
neither assumes nor authorizes anyone to assume for it any other
obligation or liability in connection with said part and will not be liable for
consequential damages.
Purchase accepts these terms and warranty
limitations unless product is returned within thirty days for a full refund if
the product is not used. A 15% restocking fee will apply to all returned
items. Special orders are non-refundable.
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