Operators Manual
Hi-Speed
Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
SPC-4/SPC-6
2nd Edition, Beg. S/N 530000
Read this manual before
using this product. Failure
to follow the instructions
and safety precautions in
this manual can result in
serious injury or death.
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©2011
Updated June 2015
Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Choppers are manufactured
by Amadas Industries.
You can find us on the Web at:
www.amadas.com
or e-mail us at:
[email protected]
You can also contact us at:
P.O. Box 1833 / Suffolk, VA 23439
(mailing)
1100 Holland Road / Suffolk, VA 23434
(shipping)
(757) 539-0231 (phone)
(757) 934-3264 (FAX)
P.O. Box 3687 / Albany, GA 31701
(mailing)
1701 South Slappey Blvd. / Albany, GA 31706
(shipping)
(229) 439-2217 (phone)
(229) 439-9343 (FAX)
Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
Introduction
Table of
Contents
Welcome ................................................ iii
Specifications ......................................vi
Dimensions ........................................... vii
1. Safety.................................................... 1
Safety at All Times! .............................. 2
Safety Practices .................................... 3
Additional Safety for this Machine ....... 10
Safety Decals ...................................... 11
2. Preparation......................................... 15
Overview ............................................. 16
Set Row Width ..................................... 16
Different Model Numbers ..................... 16
Dealer Preparation............................... 17
Initial Inspection ................................... 17
Install Blades ....................................... 18
Blade Positions ................................ 19
User Preparation ................................. 21
Tire Pressure ....................................... 21
Weight Addition .................................... 22
Dirt Shield Kit (Optional) ....................... 23
3. Operation ........................................... 25
Important Information .......................... 26
Speed ............................................. 26
Planting Lines ................................. 26
Ground Density .............................. 26
Transportation ..................................... 27
Machine Operation .............................. 28
Hitch ............................................... 28
Lower Hitch Points...................... 28
Upper Hitch Points...................... 28
Attach to Tractor ............................. 30
Adjust Height .................................. 30
Operate Machine ............................ 31
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4. Adjustments ....................................... 33
Weight Addition ................................... 34
Inclination............................................ 35
Tire Pressure ...................................... 36
Rotor Distance from Pulling Wheels .... 37
Adjust the Rotor .................................. 38
Chain Tension ..................................... 40
Change Row Width ............................. 41
Lubricate .................................... 48
Blades ............................................ 49
Lubrication Schedule ........................... 50
End of Season Storage ....................... 51
Remove Wheels ............................. 51
Prepare Tanks ................................ 51
General Cleaning ............................ 52
6. Troubleshooting................................. 53
5. Maintenance ....................................... 45
Maintenance ....................................... 46
Gearboxes...................................... 46
Change Oil ................................ 46
Check Oil................................... 46
PTO Shafts..................................... 46
Lubricate ................................... 46
Double Universals .......................... 47
Lubricate ................................... 47
Clutch ............................................. 47
Lubricate ................................... 47
Chains ............................................ 47
Lubricate ................................... 47
Rotor Bearings ............................... 48
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Introduction
Welcome
To
Amadas
Industries
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With origins dating back to 1963, Amadas
Industries and its predecessors have a long
history of providing high quality, reliable,
innovative equipment for the farming
industry. Amadas equipment is currently at
work throughout the United States and in
many other countries.
This equipment
includes machinery such as the Magnum
Fource Peanut Combine, Reel Rain
Traveler Irrigation System, Tree Bark
Processing and Packaging Machinery, and
the Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper.
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Hi-Speed
Cotton Stalk
Puller/Chopper
overwinter in the remaining stalk and root
usually left behind by shredders and
mowers.
Congratulations on your purchase of the
AMADAS
Hi-Speed
Cotton
Stalk
Puller/Chopper (SPC).
The SPC is a
patented, uniquely integrated system used
for extracting and chopping up cotton stalks
and their roots.
This system provides you with a significant
advantage over conventional mowing and
discing. The SPC removes each stalk's
entire root system, effectively breaking up
the life cycle of insects and diseases that
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The effectiveness of the SPC lies in the twopart system that is incorporated into a single
machine.
The tandem, shaft-mounted,
heavy-duty turf tires rotate against one
another to grip the stalks, while the forward
motion of the tractor pulls the stalks and
root systems out of the ground and then
releases them. The rotating blade chopping
system at the rear of the machine then cuts
the stalks and roots into small pieces.
The AMADAS Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk
Puller/Chopper is designed to operate at
high speeds and handle the toughest stalks.
The SPC-4 is adjustable for 36", 38", or 40"
row widths; the SPC-6 is adjustable for 36”
or 38” rows.
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Benefits
Your AMADAS Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk
Puller/Chopper will provide you with the
following benefits:
•
Increased
Residue
Clearing
Capability. Removes and chops cotton
stalks and their root systems in a single
operation.
•
Enhanced Soil Aeration. Double bevel
blade design provides deep soil
penetration.
•
High Speed Operation.
With the
machine operating within its normal
range of 6-10 MPH, you can easily
cover over 100 acres per day.
•
Low Operating Costs. Per acre costs
are minimal, as removal and chopping
processes are completed in one
machine pass.
Frame
The machine is made up of heavy-duty,
welded box construction with a 6" x 10"
main frame.
Drive System
The entire drive system is ground driven
using heavy duty #80 chain drives, gear
boxes, and telescoping drive lines. With the
pulling wheels driven off of the chopping
rotor, the proper wheel speed is assured
regardless of ground speed. Drive train
safety is provided by a bi-directional ratchet
clutch.
Features
The following are some of the significant
features of the AMADAS SPC Hi-Speed
Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper.
Pulling System
For each row, tandem, shaft-mounted, 18"
diameter turf tires rotate against each other
to grip and hold the stalks, while the forward
motion of the tractor pulls the root systems
out of the ground.
Chopping System
Eight, drum mounted, double beveled,
replaceable, hardened steel blades per row
provide linear rotary cutting action.
Total number of blades: 32 (SPC-4); 48
(SPC-6)
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Specifications
SPC-4
SPC-6
Number of Rows:
4
6
Row Widths:
36", 38", 40"
36, 38”
Recommended Speed Range:
6-12 MPH
6-12 MPH
Standard CAT III or CAT IVN
3-Point or Quick hitch
Minimum 160 HP tractor
(geared to operate at 10+
MPH)
Standard CAT III or CAT IVN
3-Point or Quick hitch
Minimum 190 HP tractor
(geared to operate at 10+
MPH)
Overall Length:
13'3" (159")
19’4” (232”)
Overall Width:
5’8” (68”)
5’8” (68”)
Overall Height:
5’2” (62”)
5’4”(64”)
Number of Blades:
32
60
Shipping Weight (approx.):
4,800 lbs
9,800 lbs
Operating Weight (approx.):
6,500 lbs
11,500 lbs
Drum Diameter:
12”
16”
Tractor Requirements:
Tractor Recommendation:
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Dimensions (SPC-4)
5’2”
5’8”
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SPC-4
13’-3”
SPC-6
19’-4”
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1.
Safety
Safety at All Times! ............................... 2
Safety Practices .................................... 3
Additional Safety for this Machine ....... 10
Safety Decals ...................................... 11
This symbol means:
ATTENTION!
BECOME ALERT!
YOUR SAFETY IS INVOLVED!
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Safety at All Times!
Look for the Safety Alert Symbol!
You, the operator, can help avoid accidents
or injury by observing the precautions in
this section and insisting that others
working for or with you also follow them.
•
Do NOT attempt to operate this
equipment under the influence of drugs
or alcohol, or prescription/over-thecounter drugs that may cause
impairment.
•
This equipment is dangerous to
children and persons unfamiliar with its
operation. They should never be
allowed to operate this machinery or
remain in its vicinity while in operation.
•
Only a trained operator familiar with this
machinery and trained in its operation
should be allowed to operate this
machine. Do NOT allow any person to
operate or perform maintenance on this
machine until he or she has read this
manual and understands the safety
precautions.
•
To prevent injury or death, use a tractor
equipped with a Rollover Protective
System (ROPS).
•
NEVER exceed the limits of a piece of
machinery. If its ability to perform a job
safely is in question, DO NOT TRY TO
DO THAT JOB.
Shields
•
•
Certain photographs or illustrations in
this manual may show a safety shield
removed. However, NEVER operate
this machine without all shields
correctly in place!
If a shield must be removed to make a
repair or adjustment, replace the shield
prior to use.
Safety Signal Words Used
Three safety signal words are used on the
machine and in this manual to indicate the
degree or level of hazard seriousness. These
three words are:
DANGER
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation
that, if not avoided, will result in death or
serious injury. This signal word is to be
limited to the most extreme situations,
typically for machine components that, for
functional purposes, cannot be guarded.
WARNING
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation
that, if not avoided, could result in death or
serious injury, and includes hazards that are
exposed when guards are removed. It may
also be used to alert against unsafe practices.
CAUTION
Safety Decals
2
The Safety Alert Symbol indicates a potential
safety hazard to personnel and that extra
precaution must be taken. When you see this
symbol on the machine, remain alert and
carefully read the message that follows it.
ALWAYS follow the recommended
precautions and safe operating procedures
accompanying this symbol. If you have any
questions, please contact your dealer or the
manufacturer.
•
Replace any CAUTION, WARNING,
DANGER, or instruction safety decal
that is not readable or is missing.
•
Do NOT paint over, remove, or deface
any safety sign or warning decals.
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Indicates a potentially hazardous situation
that, if not avoided, may result in minor or
moderate injury. It may also be used to alert
against unsafe practices.
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NOTE! This section covers general safety. Some items may not apply to this type of machine.
Safety Practices
Transport Machine Safely
•
Comply with state and local laws.
•
Be familiar with tractor operations and
follow all safety instructions in the tractor’s
manual.
20 MPH when weight is less than or
equal to the weight of the tractor
•
Before moving away, always check
immediate vicinity (e.g., for children).
10 MPH when weight is more than
weight of the tractor
•
NEVER exceed a maximum speed of 20
MPH.
•
NEVER tow a load more than double the
weight of the tractor!
•
Always adapt ground speed to road or
field conditions, making sure you have
adequate control of steering and stopping.
•
Sudden braking can cause a towed load
to swerve and upset. Reduce speed if
towed load is not equipped with brakes.
•
Avoid sharp turns, holes, ditches, and
obstructions which may cause the tractor
to tip, particularly on hillsides.
•
Use following tow load weight ratios as
guidelines:
Avoid Electrical Power Lines
Use a Safety Chain
•
•
Use a safety chain to help control
machinery if it separates from the tractor
drawbar.
•
Use a chain with strength rating equal to
greater than the gross weight of the
towed machine.
•
Attach the chain to the tractor drawbar
support, allowing only enough slack in
the chain for turning.
•
Do NOT use a safety chain for towing.
•
Make sure all components are secured in
the proper position before transporting
machine (for example: basket bin lip
extension, mower deck, off-loading
conveyor, etc.).
AVOID all lines, particularly low-hanging
electrical cables, during transport.
DANGER
Contact with electrical lines will cause the
operator to suffer severe electrical shock
or possibly death.
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NOTE! This section covers general safety. Some items may not apply to this type of machine.
Avoid High Pressure Fluids
CAUTION
4
•
Use extreme care when working with
hydraulic components and high pressure
sprays.
•
Escaping fluid or spray under pressure can
penetrate the skin, causing serious injury.
•
To avoid injury, relieve pressure before
disconnecting hydraulic or other lines.
•
Tighten all connections before applying
hydraulic or spray pressure.
•
Search hoses/connections for leaks with a
piece of cardboard.
•
Take appropriate safety measures to
protect hands, body, and face from high
pressure fluids.
•
Always wear appropriate safety gear to
protect hands, body and face from
exposure to high pressure fluids.
•
Never try to block the flow or search for
leaks of high pressure fluids with your
hands even if wearing gloves. High
pressure fluids can penetrate gloves as well
as your skin.
•
Always avoid direct contact of any high
pressure fluid low.
•
If an accident occurs, respond as follows:
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Seek medical treatment
immediately. Any fluid injected into
the skin must be surgically removed
within a few hours or gangrene may
result.
o
Alert the medical professionals that
a fluid injection or high pressure
spray injury has occurred.
o
Give information on the type of fluid
or spray and time the accident
occurred. If known, include the
amount of fluid injected and/or the
system injection pressure.
o
Surgery will most likely be required,
so no food or drink for the affected
person.
Doctors unfamiliar with this type of injury
should reference a knowledgeable medical
source. Such information is available in
English from Deere & Company Medical
Department in Moline, Illinois, U.S.A., by
calling 1-800-822-8262 or +1 309-7485636.
VERY IMPORTANT!! Although in some
cases there is little or no pain from an
injection or high pressure spray accident,
THIS IS A SERIOUS EVENT THAT MUST
BE TREATED BY MEDICAL
PROFESSIONALS!!!
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Work in Ventilated Area
Engine exhaust fumes can cause sickness or
death.
•
•
If it is necessary to run an engine in an
enclosed area, remove the exhaust fumes
from the area with an exhaust pipe
extension.
If you do not have an exhaust pipe
extension, open the doors and get outside
air into the area.
AMADAS DOES NOT RECOMMEND
RUNNING ANY ENGINE IN AN ENLCOSED
AREA EVEN WITH VENTILATION.
Handle Fuel Safety – Avoid
Fires
•
Handle fuel with care; it is highly
flammable.
•
Do NOT refuel the machine while
smoking or when near open flame or
sparks.
•
Always stop engine before refueling
machine.
•
Fill fuel tank outdoors.
•
Prevent fires by keeping machine clean
of accumulated trash, grease, and
debris.
•
Always clean up spilled fuel.
Prepare for Emergencies
Wear Protective Clothing
•
Be prepared if a fire starts.
•
•
Keep a first aid kit and fire extinguisher
handy.
Wear close-fitting clothing and safety
equipment appropriate to the job.
•
Operating equipment safely requires
the full attention of the operator. Do
NOT wear radio or music headphones
while operating machine.
•
Keep emergency numbers for doctors,
ambulance service, hospital, and fire
department near your telephone.
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NOTE! This section covers general safety. Some items may not apply to this type of machine.
Handle Chemical Products
Safely
•
Avoid Contact with Moving Parts
Direct exposure to hazardous chemicals
can cause serious injury. Potentially
hazardous chemicals used with AMADAS
equipment include such items as
lubricants, coolants, paints, and
adhesives.
•
Before you start any job using a
hazardous chemical, check the MSDS so
that you are aware of the risks and know
how to proceed safely. Carefully follow
all procedures, using only recommended
equipment.
•
See your AMADAS dealer for MSDS on
chemical products used with AMADAS
equipment.
•
Wear close-fitting clothing to avoid
entanglement with moving parts.
•
Keep hands, feet, and clothing away
from power-driven parts.
•
Never clean, lubricate or adjust machine
when it is running.
Remove Accumulated Crop
Debris
•
The buildup of chaff and crop debris near
moving parts or heat sources is a
hazard.
•
Check and clean these areas frequently.
•
Before performing any inspection or
service, engage parking brake, turn off
engine, and remove key.
•
Understand the service procedure before
doing work. Use proper tools and refer to
the User Manual.
Keep all parts in good condition and
properly installed.
•
Fix any damage immediately; replace worn
or broken parts.
•
Keep service area clean and dry.
•
•
Lower machine to ground, engage parking
brake, turn off engine, and remove key
before performing maintenance.
Keep the machine free of any buildup of
grease, oil, or debris.
•
Allow time for the machine to cool
completely.
•
Never lubricate, service, or adjust machine
while it is moving.
•
Keep hands, feet, and clothing from powerdriven parts.
•
Securely support any machine elements
that must be raised for service work.
Practice Safe Maintenance
•
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Remove Paint/Protective Coating
Before Welding Or Heating
o
Allow any fumes to disperse for at least
15 minutes before welding or heating.
•
Do NOT use a chlorinated solvent in areas
where welding will take place.
Hazardous fumes can be generated when
paint or coatings are heated by welding,
soldering, or by using a torch.
•
•
Do all work in an area that is wellventilated to carry toxic fumes and dust
away.
Do all work outside or in a well-ventilated
area.
•
•
Dispose of paint/coatings and solvent
properly.
Remove paint/coatings before welding or
heating:
•
Avoid potentially toxic fumes and dust.
•
o
If you sand or grind paint, avoid
breathing the dust. Wear an approved
respirator.
o
If you use solvent or paint stripper,
remove stripper with soap and water
before welding.
o
Remove solvent or paint stripper
containers and other flammable
material from the area.
Keep Riders off of Machine
Avoid Using Heat Near
Pressurized Fluid Lines
•
•
Flammable spray can be generated by
heating near pressurized fluid lines,
resulting in severe burns to yourself and
bystanders.
Do NOT heat by welding, soldering, or
using a torch near pressurized fluid lines
or other flammable materials.
Pressurized lines can accidentally burst
when heat goes beyond the immediate
flame area.
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Only allow the operator on the machine.
Riders obstruct the operator’s view,
which results in the machine being
operated in an unsafe manner.
•
Riders are subject to injury such as
being thrown off of the machine.
•
Children should NEVER be allowed on
the machine.
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•
Dispose Of Waste Properly
Inquire about the proper way to recycle or
dispose of waste from your local
environmental or recycling center, FEMA,
or from your AMADAS dealer.
Improperly disposing of waste can threaten the
environment and ecology. Potentially harmful
waste includes items such as oil, fuel, coolant,
brake fluid, filters, and batteries.
•
Use leak-proof containers when draining
fluids.
•
Do NOT use food or beverage containers
that may mislead someone into drinking
from them.
•
Do NOT pour waste onto the ground, down
a drain or into a water source.
Support Machine Properly
Service Drive Belts Safely
•
When servicing drive belts, always observe
these precautions:
•
Always lower the attachment or implement
to the ground before you work on the
machine. If the work requires that the
machine or attachment be lifted, provide
secure support for them. If left in a raised
position, hydraulically supported devices
can settle or leak down.
Do NOT support the machine on cinder
blocks, hollow tiles, or props that may
crumble under continuous load.
•
Do NOT work under a machine that is
supported solely by a jack.
•
Follow all safety procedures in this manual
for supporting the machine.
•
When implements or attachments are used
with a machine, always follow safety
precautions listed in the implement or
attachment operator’s manual.
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Avoid serious injury from hand or arm
entanglement. Never attempt to clean,
check, or adjust belts while the machine
is running. Always shut off the engine,
set the parking brake and remove the
key.
•
Do NOT attempt to clean belts with
flammable cleaning solvents.
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Service Tires Safely
Explosive separation of a tire and rim parts
can cause serious injury or death.
•
Do NOT attempt to mount a tire unless you
have the proper equipment and experience
to perform the job.
•
Always maintain the correct tire pressure.
•
Do NOT inflate the tires above the
recommended pressure.
•
Never weld or heat a wheel and tire
assembly. The heat can cause an
increase in air pressure resulting in a tire
explosion. Welding can structurally
weaken or deform the wheel.
•
When inflating the tires, use a clip-on
chuck and extension hose long enough to
allow you to stand to one side and NOT in
front of over the tire assembly. Use a
safety cage if available.
•
Check wheels for low pressure, cuts,
bubbles, damaged rims, or missing lug
bolts and nuts. NEVER fill a damaged tire
or one that is missing lug bolts or nuts.
Pay Close Attention to Notes
Use Safety Lights and Devices
•
Throughout the manual, information that
needs to be emphasized is set apart with
either a "NOTE!" or "IMPORTANT!"
heading.
•
Please be sure to carefully read this
information, as it usually indicates a
situation that could cause machine
damage.
Slow moving tractors, self-propelled
equipment and towed implements or
attachments can create hazards when
driven on public roads. They are difficult to
see, especially at night.
•
Whenever you drive on public roads, use
flashing lights and turn signals according
to local regulations.
•
To increase visibility, use the lights and
devices provided with your machine.
•
Keep safety items in good condition.
•
Replace missing or damaged items.
Maintain Your Machine
•
It is crucial you maintain your machine in
proper working condition.
•
Perform all scheduled maintenance and
repairs in a timely manner.
•
Do NOT perform unauthorized
modifications to the machine as these
could impair the function and/or safety of
the machine and affect machine life.
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Additional Safety for this Machine
When operating this machine:
•
Do NOT climb or ride on this machine
at any time.
•
Do NOT let anyone stand between the
machine and the tractor.
•
Make sure that everyone is clear of
the machine prior to and during
operation.
•
Keep all shields in place.
•
Keep all fingers, feet, and loose
clothing away from moving parts.
•
Do NOT make adjustments or attempt
any maintenance while the machine is
in operation.
When working on this machine:
10
•
Periodically check all nuts and bolts
for tightness.
•
Make sure the SPC is supported using
its storage legs, even when the
machine is attached to the tractor.
•
Use extreme caution when changing
and handling blades. New blades are
extremely sharp, and even used
blades can cut if handled incorrectly.
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Safety Decals
•
Safety decals identify specific hazards, as well
as general safety. A signal word ( DANGER,
WARNING, or CAUTION) is included on •
each decal to alert you to the severity of the
hazard.
Please note the following about the decals:
•
Keep them clean and legible.
•
Never remove a safety decal from the
machine.
•
When you replace a part with a safety
decal, also replace that decal.
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For replacement
AMADAS dealer.
decals,
call
your
Replacement safety decals are available
free of charge.
Safety decals used on this machine are shown
on the following pages. Decal locations are
also included.
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Decals
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Decal Locations
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Preparation
2.
Preparation
Overview ................................................16
Set Row Width .......................................16
Different Model Numbers .......................16
Dealer Preparation .................................17
Initial Inspection .....................................17
Install Blades .........................................18
Blade Positions ...............................19
User Preparation ....................................21
Tire Pressure .........................................21
Weight Addition ......................................22
Dirt Shield Kit (Optional).........................23
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Overview
Different Model Numbers
Your Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/ Chopper This manual covers Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk
has been carefully prepared prior to being Puller/Choppers manufactured under model
shipped. Additional preparation is required, numbers:
however, before the machine is ready for use.
CSP01-4
Some of this preparation is usually performed
CSP02-4
by the dealer; the rest will need to be done by
SPC-4
you, the user. Please follow the instructions
SPC-6
in this chapter to inspect your SPC and
prepare it for use.
Minor differences exist between the various
Information in this chapter is intended to models with regard to safety shielding. In
prepare your SPC for general use. Chapter addition, the SPC-6 contains six rotors,
4, Adjustments, provides suggestions for rather than four, as on the other three
adjusting the machine to meet your specific models. While the SPC-4 is the model used
in most of the pictures and sketches in this
farming needs.
manual, the information and instructions
apply to all models.
If you have a CSP01 or CSP02, please refer
to your parts catalog for information on the
safety shields specific to your model.
Set Row Width
Amadas
Hi-Speed
Cotton
Stalk
Puller/Choppers are delivered from the
factory pre-set. The SPC-4 is set for 36", 38",
or 40" rows; the SPC-6 is set for 36” or 38”
rows. When you order a machine, you
specify the desired row width. If the row
width of machine needs to be changed, refer
to Chapter 4, Adjustments, for specific
instructions. On a new machine, this
procedure takes approximately four man
hours to complete. Allow several additional
man hours for changing the row width on a
used machine.
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Preparation
Dealer Preparation
Initial Inspection
Upon receiving the Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk
Puller/Chopper,
perform
the
following
inspection:
1. Examine the machine for transport
damage. If the machine is damaged in
any way, contact Amadas Industries at
once.
4. Remove the lower shield and inspect the
lower chain. The chain should have 1/2"
to 1" play or movement in the slack side.
Remove
shield
2. Open the top covers and visually inspect
all gearboxes for oil leaks.
Chains
WARNING
Replace shields!!
Never
machine without shields!!
operate
3. Remove the left side shield (facing
machine) and visually inspect the tension
of the chain. The chain should have 1/2"
to 1" play or movement in the slack side.
Remove shield
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Install Blades
1. Determine if the blades are to be installed
for 36", 38", or 40" rows for the SPC-4
(top and middle photo) or 36” or 38” rows
for the SPC-6.
4. Install bolts from the flat side of the
blades and torque to 90 ft-lbs.
WARNING
Use caution when tightening the bolts.
The edges of the blades are sharp and if
your hand slips while tightening, you can
seriously cut yourself.
5. To verify that the blades are in the
correct holes, make sure the center of
each blade is lined up with the
compressed portion of the tires. Refer to
the drawings on the following page for
blade positions.
2. Determine which bolt holes to use for the
correct row width.
3. Install the blades with the flat side
pointing toward the tires. The blade cuts
and sharpens itself better with the flat
side "leading." In the following photo,
blades are installed for 40” rows.
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Blade Positions
36" row
38" row
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Blade Positions
40" row (SPC-4 only)
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Preparation
User Preparation
Tire Pressure
Generally, 26-32 PSI is required to hold
stalks and prevent them from slipping
through the wheels. In softer soil, and with
shorter cotton, less pressure is required than
in harder soil and with taller cotton.
1. As a starting point, inflate tire pressure to
26 PSI.
NOTE! Do not exceed 32 PSI for the
tires. If 32 PSI is not enough air pressure
for pulling stalks, you will need to wait
until soil conditions change (e.g., it rains
and the soil softens).
2. Increase the tire pressure until the
machine is pulling stalks out of the
ground.
While you may need to wait for the soil to
soften, wet stalks are more difficult for the
machine to remove. Early morning dew,
rain, or other wet conditions can cause
the stalks to slip in the tires and we
recommend that you not try to pull and
chop stalks while they are wet.
Operating with a lower tire pressure will
make the machine easier to pull through
the field. We recommend operating at the
lowest tire pressure needed to do the job.
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Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
Weight Addition
The additional amount of weight required to
chop the stalks depends on the type of soil,
soil hardness, and the size of the cotton
stalks.
We recommend starting with the rotor filled
and the upper tank empty, unless you are
working with very hard "sunbaked" soils
and/or large cotton stalk diameters. Use an
ordinary hose to add the water.
IMPORTANT!
Before adding water,
determine how much anti-freeze needs to
be added to the tank. Use the chart on
the back of the anti-freeze bottle to figure
the amount needed, based on your
weather conditions. Generally, a 50%
mixture will be more than adequate for
most regions.
For the SPC-4, the upper tank holds 87
gallons of water; the rotor tank holds 66
gallons. The SPC-6 tanks hold 1.5 times
as much water.
If you choose not to use anti-freeze, it is
imperative that you drain all water from
the tank before the temperature reaches
freezing. If the water freezes, serious
damage will result to the tanks from the
expansion of the frozen water.
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Dirt Shield Kit
(Optional)
Snap ring
A dirt shield kit is available for purchase
from your dealer. This kit is used only to
keep wheel wells clean and will not affect
the performance of your machine.
Generally, the dirt shield kit will have been
installed at the factory. If you will be
installing this kit yourself, refer to the
following instructions and the sketch:
Metal disk
For each wheel:
1. Remove the wheel.
2. Install the snap ring onto the shaft.
3. Slide the metal disk onto the shaft.
4. Bolt the wheel back in place.
5. Repeat for each axle.
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Operation
3
Operation
Important Information ...............................26
Speed ...................................................26
Planting Lines .......................................26
Ground Density.....................................26
Transportation ..........................................27
Machine Operation ...................................28
Hitch .....................................................28
Lower Hitch Points ............................28
Upper Hitch Point ..............................28
Attach to Tractor ...................................30
Adjust Height ........................................30
Operate Machine ..................................31
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Important Information
Please read the following information before
operating your Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk
Puller/Chopper. This information will assist
you in getting the most efficient performance
from your machine.
Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
Planting Lines
The four-row Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
(SPC-4) works best when operated in fields
planted with 4, 8, or 12 row planters. In fields
planted with 6 row planters, you have the
problem of 2 odd rows to be picked.
Typically, a high percentage of stalks in the
odd rows will be chopped off near the base of
the plant but will not be pulled due to row
spacing inaccuracies between the two sets of
odd rows. One solution to this problem is to
make a pass to pick up just the two odd rows
before doing another four row pass. We
recommend you avoid running the machine
in a way that creates "odd rows.
The six-row Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
(SPC-6) works best with 6 or 12 row planters.
Speed
The Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
usually performs best when operated
between 6 and 10 MPH. Although it works
well at slower speeds, the percentage of
stalks pulled is usually highest when
operated in this range. This is due, in part, to
the “zipper” effect that occurs as the stalks
are pulled from the ground. As the ground
speed increases, the velocity of the stalks
exiting the ground increases. The result is
increased soil disturbance in all directions.
Depending on the plant density, this
disturbance can actually decrease the pulling
force required for each plant as well as
improve the chopping action of the machine
in hard soil conditions.
Ground Density
The SPC performs best when the ground is
neither extremely wet nor dry. In wet soil
conditions, the ground can actually be so soft
that the chopping blades push the stalk down
into the ground, rather than shear them into
pieces. In hard, dry soil conditions, the
ground can be so hard that the stalks break
off at the base rather then pull out from the
ground. The best solution in either case is to
wait until conditions improve.
Refer to
Chapter 4, Adjustments, for guidelines when
operating in extreme conditions.
We do NOT recommend running at speeds in
excess of 10 MPH in most conditions. At
very high speeds, many operators have
difficulty keeping the pulling wheels in line
with the rows. If the operator veers too far off
of the row centers, the cotton stalks will pass
beside the pulling wheels rather than through
them. This results in stalks that are cut off
near the base rather than pulled out of the
soil along with their roots. Regrowth can
occur under this condition.
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Transportation
NOTE! Your SPC was equipped with
Slow Moving Vehicle symbols at the
factory. Please make sure these symbols
are kept in good condition, and that they
are cleaned before you transport the
machine.
The SPC-4 Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper is
13'3" (159") wide. The SPC-6 is significantly
wider. Please be aware of this width when
you transport the machine behind your
tractor.
Do NOT exceed 25 MPH when towing your
SPC.
If you have questions about
transporting your machinery while it is
attached to your tractor, please refer to the
owner's manual for your tractor.
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Machine Operation
Hitch
AMADAS Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/ Upper Hitch Point
Choppers are compatible with the following There are two hitch links on the upper hitch
point as shown in the picture. Use as
hitches:
follows:
CAT III, CAT IVN
CAT III Hitch
After reading the information on this page, refer
to the photos on the next page for hitch point
positioning.
Lower Hitch Points
There is a narrow end and a wide end on each
of the pins for the two lower hitch points. Use
these pins as follows:
Use lower link
CAT III Hitch
CAT IVN Hitch
Use the narrow end of the pin
CAT IVN Hitch
Use upper link
Use the wide end of the pin
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CAT III Hitch
Use lower link
Use the narrow ends of the pins
CAT IVN Hitch
Use upper link
Use the wider ends of the pins
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Attach to Tractor
1. Place the pin for the "top link" in the upper
hole.
2. Back the tractor up to the machine and lift
it with the quick hitch.
3. Secure the latches on the quick hitch.
4. Lift machine slightly, following safe lifting
procedures.
5. Remove the pin(s) on the support legs,
raise them all the way and replace the
pin(s).
Adjust Height
The angle of the machine to the ground affects
Adjust the top link of the three point hitch so
its performance. See Chapter 4, Adjustments,
that the frame of the machine is parallel to the under "Inclination" for more information on
ground.
machine angle.
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Operation
Operate Machine
IMPORTANT! To make sure you are
using your Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
properly and effectively, read the
“Important Information” section at the
beginning of this chapter before operating
the machine.
1. Lower the machine.
4. Make the turn and lower the machine
again.
2. Go forward, accelerating as fast as
possible. The machine is more effective
at high speeds. The sooner the machine
is moving quickly, the more efficiently it
works.
3. Lift the machine to turn. If a turn is made
with the roller still in the ground, it can
cause substantial side loading on the
lower bearing housings. This can break
the lower bearing housings.
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Adjustments
Weight Addition ........................................34
Inclination .................................................35
Tire Pressure............................................36
Rotor Distance from Pulling Wheels .........37
Adjust the Rotor .......................................38
Chain Tension ..........................................40
Change Row Width ..................................41
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Weight Addition
The amount of weight required by the SPC
depends on the type of soil, soil hardness,
and the size of the cotton stalks. Generally,
we recommend starting out with the rotor
filled and the upper tank empty. Adjust the
weight under the following conditions.
IMPORTANT!
Before adding water,
determine how much anti-freeze needs to
be added to the tank. Use the chart on
the back of the anti-freeze bottle to figure
the amount needed, based on your
weather conditions. Generally, a 50%
mixture will be more than adequate for
most regions.
For the SPC-4, the upper tank holds 87
gallons of water; the rotor tank holds 66
gallons. The tanks of the SPC-6 hold 1.5
times as much as the SPC-4.
If you choose not to use anti-freeze, it is
imperative that you drain all water from the
tank before the temperature reaches
freezing. If the water freezes, serious
damage will result to the tanks from the
expansion of the frozen water.
If…
the soil is very
hard or "sun
baked"
the diameter of
the cotton stalk
is large
the machine is
pulling stalks out
of the ground but
not
chopping
them
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Then…
add more weight by
filling the upper tank.
add more weight by
filling the upper tank
check condition of
blades; if worn replace
Check soil conditions; if
too wet, wait for dryer
conditions
Check rotor
engagement; lengthen
top link if rotor needs to
be lower
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Inclination
Generally, the top link on the three point hitch
should be adjusted so that the frame of the
machine is parallel to the ground (top sketch).
Keep in mind the following:
•
If the cotton stalks are very short or have
been standing for a long period and
become brittle, you may need to shorten
the top link until the bottom of the pulling
wheels are 2 to 3" above the ground
(middle sketch). This should result in
improved performance.
•
Take care when shortening the link. With
the tires lowered, the wheels are more
likely to hit the ground on uneven terrain.
Potentially, damage to the wheels and/or
shafts could occur.
•
If the link is too long, the wheels will be
raised up and not be able to grasp shorter
stalks (bottom sketch).
Frame parallel to ground
Pulling wheels 2-3” above ground
Pulling wheels too far above ground
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Tire Pressure
Generally, 26-32 PSI is required to hold the
stalks and prevent them from slipping. In
softer soil and with shorter cotton, less
pressure is required than in harder soil and
with taller cotton.
As a starting point, inflate tire pressure to 26
PSI. Increase tire pressure as needed until
the machine is pulling stalks.
NOTE! Do NOT exceed 32 PSI for the
tires. If 32 PSI is not enough air pressure
for pulling stalks, you will need to wait until
soil conditions change (e.g., it rains and
the soil softens).
While you may need to wait for the soil to
soften, wet stalks are more difficult for the
machine to remove. Early morning dew,
rain, or other wet conditions can cause the
stalks to slip in the tires and we
recommend that you not try to pull and
chop stalks while they are wet.
Operating with a lower tire pressure will
make the machine easier to pull through
the field. We recommend operating at the
lowest tire pressure needed to do the job.
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Rotor Distance from
Pulling Wheels
For average stalks and soil conditions, the
factory setting should be satisfactory to
completely pull and chop the stalks.
If the stalks are not being pulled and
chopped, however, you may need to change
the distance between the rotor and the
pulling wheels. Generally, the longer the
root, the further back the rotor needs to be
from the pulling wheels. Instructions for
moving the rotor are on the following page.
If…
stalks are flying
over the rotor and
not being chopped
the stalks are being
chopped before
they are completely
pulled
Then…
move the rotor
towards the tractor.
move the rotor
away from the
tractor.
Additionally, check your stalks by examining
the root. If the information on this page does
not solve the problem, refer to Chapter 6,
Troubleshooting.
If…
Then…
Replace
the root is tight in
it is slipping through
machine!
the ground but
the pulling wheels,
chopped
is breaking off, or
Left side
completely missing
the wheels.
the root is in place
it is starting to pull
(facing down) but
but the blade is
loose in the soil
catching the stem
before it is extracted
from the ground. Or,
the stalk could be
slipping through the
wheels slightly.
Another possibility
is that the tires have
worn to the point
that they no longer
have sufficient grip.
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before
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Adjust the Rotor
CAUTION
Take extreme caution when you change
the rotor position. Due to the weight of the
machine, this procedure must be done
with the tractor attached to the Stalk
Puller/Chopper. Two people are required
to perform this adjustment.
1. Remove the shield covering lower chain.
2. Loosen the idler and push it back as far as
possible.
4. Remove the four bolts securing the rotor to
the frame.
NOTE! If you are moving the rotor more
than two holes, also remove the idler
and chain.
3. Remove two shield bolts holding chain
drive shield.
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Adjust the Rotor
5. Start the tractor and raise the machine 9. Lower the machine so that the full weight
of the machine is on the rotor.
slightly to minimize the weight of the
machine on the bearings. Make sure the
weight is not totally off of the bearings.
10. On the opposite side of the machine, put
the bolt and nut in but do NOT tighten. It
may be necessary to inch the tractor
forward or backward to line up the holes.
11. Install the remaining two bolts.
12. Tighten the four bolts.
13. Replace the chain and idler if removed.
14. Re-tension the chain. If the rotor has been
moved all the way forward, it may be
necessary to shorten the chain several
links.
6. Move the tractor straight forward or
backwards by inches until the hole in the
bearing lines up with the desired hole in
the frame.
15. Replace all shields.
WARNING
Replace all shields before operating your
machine!!
Pull forward
or backward
as necessary
7. Put a bolt in the hole and install the nut.
Do NOT tighten.
8. Pull forward slightly with the tractor so that
the bearings are set to the back of the slot.
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Chain Tension
To access the lower chain, remove the smaller
Both upper and lower chains should have shield. The lower chain tensioner is shown
between 1/2" to 1" of movement in the slack below:
side of the chain. If there is more slack than
the recommended 1/2 to 1", adjust the
tensioner until there is the correct amount of
slack.
To access the upper chain, remove the left
hand shield.
WARNING
Replace all shields before operating your
machine!
The upper chain tensioner is shown below:
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Change Row Width
Before beginning this procedure, be sure to
have the correct length input shaft. If not,
order the appropriately sized shaft from the
dealer, specifying the row width you want to
change the Cotton Stalk Puller to - 36", 38" or
40" for the SPC-4, or 36” or 38” for the SPC-6.
(Refer to the Parts Catalog for the part number
of the shaft needed.)
1. Remove upper shield.
Remove upper shield
4. Measure distance from frame edge to
inside edge of sprocket (top photo).
2. Remove the upper idler
5. Remove sprocket.
WARNING
Replace all shields before operating your
machine!
3. Remove the upper chain.
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6. Remove bearing lock collar behind
sprocket. (Photo shows both sprocket and
lock collar removed.)
10. Remove the clutch assembly (middle
photo).
11. Remove all remaining drive lines.
7. Open top cover.
8. Remove set screw on clutch yoke.
9. Remove the main drive shaft.
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12. Remove shield covering both universals.
15. Remove four bolts holding gearbox.
13. Referring to the sketch, remove the five
bolts on the head unit indicated by the
arrows on the sketch. (The sketch shows
the bolt pattern for the SPC-4. The SPC-6
is similar, but only has the 36” and 38”
holes.)
36
38 40
16. Remove shims.
36 38 40
Left universal
Right universal
(facing cotton stalk puller)
Shim
14. Loosen, but don’t remove, the sixth bolt
indicated by double arrows on the sketch
and in the bottom photo.
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17. Referring to sketch below, move the 25. Tighten bearing lock collar.
gearbox and head unit to the correct row
width position. (The sketch shows the 26. Replace sprocket.
SPC-4 row widths. The SPC-6 is similar,
27. Align sprocket using distance measured in
but does not have the 40” row spacing.)
Step 4.
18. Replace and tighten all bolts for head unit.
28. Replace chain.
19. Replace shims for gearbox.
29. Replace idler.
20. Replace and tighten bolts for gearbox.
30. Re-tension chain.
21. Repeat Steps 13-22 for remaining head
31. Replace shield.
units.
22. Replace drive lines. Make sure all grease 32. Move or install blades on rotor to correct
fittings line up.
row width.
23. Replace clutch.
24. Slide new shaft into place.
screw.
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Tighten set
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Complete all instructions for changing row
width and replace all shields before
attempting to use the machine.
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5
Maintenance
Maintenance ............................................46
Gear Boxes..........................................46
Change Oil ........................................46
Check Oil ..........................................46
PTO Shafts ...........................................46
Lubricate ...........................................46
Double Universals.................................47
Lubricate ...........................................47
Clutch ...................................................47
Lubricate ...........................................47
Chains ..................................................47
Lubricate ...........................................47
Rotor Bearings......................................48
Lubricate ...........................................48
Blades ..................................................49
Lubrication Schedule ................................50
End of Season Storage ............................51
Remove Wheels ...................................51
Prepare Tanks ......................................51
General Cleaning ..................................52
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Maintenance
Gear Boxes
Change Oil
•
•
After initial 50
hours
Every 500 hours
Use a standard 90
weight non foaming
oil with EP additives
and fill to the bottom
of fill plug (see photo)
Fill plug
Check Oil
•
•
•
Beginning of season
Every 50 hours (visually inspect daily for oil
leaks)
End of season after cleaning
PTO Shafts
Lubricate
6 grease points
• Beginning of
season
• Daily (every 10
hours)
• End of season,
after cleaning
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Double Universals
Lubricate
2 grease points per universal
Use a standard multi• Beginning of
purpose grease.
season
• Every 50 hours
• End of season,
after cleaning
Grease
points
Clutch
Lubricate
2 grease points
• Beginning of
season
• Daily (every 10
hours)
• Anytime the
ratchet clutch has
been activated for
extended periods
• End of season,
after cleaning
Grease points
Use a standard multipurpose grease.
Chains
Lubricate
•
•
•
Beginning of
season
Every 50 hours
End of season,
after cleaning
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Rotor Bearings
Lubricate
2 grease points
•
•
•
Beginning of
season
Every 50 hours
End of season,
after cleaning
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Blades
Typically, blades need to be replaced every
500-1000 acres. Ground conditions will also
affect the life of the blades. New blades are
shown in the photo.
Generally, replace blades when:
•
•
the cutting edge is paper thin
and/or
the cutting edge begins to curl or bend.
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Lubrication Schedule
Location
Type of Lubricant
Beginning of
Season
Daily
End of
Season
PTO Shafts
Multi-purpose grease
X
X
X
Double Universals
Multi-purpose grease
X
X
X
Clutch
Multi-purpose grease
X
X
X
Chains
30 weight oil
X
Every 50
hours
X
Multi-purpose grease
X
Every 50
hours
X
Bearings
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End of Season Storage
Remove Wheels
1. Deflate tires.
2. Remove valves from valve stems.
3. Remove all four lug bolts from each wheel.
4. Remove wheels.
5. Replace valves in valve stems.
6. Reinflate tires to approximately 5 PSI.
7. Store indoors (out of direct sunlight) for
maximum life.
Prepare Tanks
Prepare tanks for storage by preventing the
water from freezing by one of the following:
Drain all water from the tanks. The upper tank
drain plug is shown in the photo. For the rotor,
remove the fill plug and rotate the rotor until
the plug is pointing toward ground.
Or
Add anti-freeze to water. Refer to back of antifreeze bottle for proper mixture for your region.
Generally, a 50% solution should be more
than adequate. For the SPC-4 model, the
capacity of the rotor is 66 gallons; the weight
tank holds 87. The SPC-6’s tanks hold 1.5 as
much as the SPC-4.
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4. Open all other shields.
1. Remove the wheels and reinstall lug bolts
into hubs.
5. Using pressurized air, blow entire machine
to remove all dirt/debris.
2. Remove the shields covering the double
universals.
6. Once majority of debris is removed by air,
using a low pressure water hose or indirect
water pressure, clean machine.
IMPORTANT! If using pressure washer,
do NOT direct water spray at bearings.
This can damage their seals, causing
premature failure.
7. Spray (at low water pressure) the cavities
in the stalk puller heads until the water
discharge from the drain hole is clear.
8. Pressure wash the pulling wheels after
they are removed.
3. Remove the shields covering the upper 9. Spray all drivelines, universal joints, and
exposed shafts with a lightweight oil.
and lower chains.
10. Replace all shields before storing machine.
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Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
Cause
Correction
A large number of stalks are Rows
are
planted
in
being chopped off near the something other than 4, 8, or
12 row planters (SPC-4) or 6
base but not pulled out
or 12 row planters (SPC-6)
and passes are being made
over an odd number of rows.
Soil is too hard
Operate machine over four
rows, then make a pass to
pick up odd rows before
making another four row pass
Wait for rain or irrigate to
soften soil
Add more weight to the
machine by filling the upper
tank with water
Stalks are being pulled out, Ground is too soft or soil too
but pushed into the ground wet
instead of chopped
Wait for soil to dry some and
ground to harden
Reduce weight by letting
some of the water out of the
machine
Stalks are breaking off before Cotton stalks may be very Shorten the top link of the
being pulled out
short or are very brittle
hitch so that the bottom of the
pulling wheels are 2" to 3"
above the ground
Wheels are hitting the ground
Top link of hitch is too short
Lengthen top link so that
wheels are further off ground
Stalks are flying over the rotor Rotor is too far from the Move rotor closer to tractor
and not being chopped
pulling wheels
Stalks are being chopped Rotor is too close to the Move the rotor further away
before they are completely out pulling wheels
from the tractor
of the ground
Stalk is missing
completely
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wheels Make
sure
machine
operating over four rows
is
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Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
Problem
Troubleshooting
Cause
Correction
Root is still in the ground but Stalk is slipping through the Inflate tires more (do not
stalk is chopped
pulling wheels
exceed 32 PSI)
Stalk is breaking off
Make sure ground is soft
enough and enough weight is
in tanks
Root is in place (facing down) The blade is catching the Move rotor away from pulling
but loose in soil
stem before it is pulled from wheels
the ground
Stalk is slipping through the Inflate tires more (do not
wheels
exceed 32 PSI)
Tires are too worn to grip
stalks
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Replace tires
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Troubleshooting
Hi-Speed Cotton Stalk Puller/Chopper
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ONE-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
For AMADAS INDUSTRIES STALK PULLER/CHOPPER
A. General Provisions
The Warranties described below are provided by AMADAS INDUSTRIES (“AMADAS”) through its authorized
dealers to the original purchaser of each new AMADAS Stalk Puller / Chopper. AMADAS will repair or replace, at
its option, any part covered under warranty which is found to be defective in material or workmanship during the
applicable period of warranty. This warranty is applicable only to the cost of the part replaced or repaired and does
not cover labor costs involved in installing the replaced or repaired defective part.
B. What is Warranted?
All parts of any new AMADAS Stalk Puller / Chopper are warranted for 12 months. The warranty period will
begin when the Stalk Puller / Chopper is delivered to the purchaser. AMADAS will repair or replace, at its option,
any new part or component under the above warranty, if a defect in material or workmanship appears in such part
or component and is reported to AMADAS before the expiration of the applicable equipment warranty.
Used equipment is not warranted by AMADAS unless it is specifically covered by a separate warranty
document. The above warranties cover only defective material and workmanship. The warranties do not cover any
depreciation or failure caused by normal wear, lack of proper maintenance or use, misuse, lack of proper protection
during storage, or accident. The purchaser shall pay all costs of routine maintenance and/or replacement of
maintenance and wear items.
C. Unapproved Service or Modification
All Obligations of AMADAS under this warranty are terminated if the Stalk Puller / Chopper is modified or
altered in ways not approved by AMADAS.
D. Securing Warranty Service
To secure warranty service, the purchaser must (1) report the product defect and request repair within the
applicable warranty period, (2) present evidence of the date of delivery of the Stalk Puller / Chopper, and (3) make
the Stalk Puller / Chopper available to an AMADAS authorized dealer within a reasonable period of time.
E. No Dealer Warranty
The selling dealer makes no warranty of his own on any item warranted by AMADAS, and makes no warranty
on other items. The dealer has no authority to make any representation or promise on behalf of AMADAS, or to modify
the terms or limitations of this warranty in any way.
F. What are your Responsibilities?
a. Read the operator’s manual before operating the equipment.
b. Perform all necessary maintenance as described in the operator’s manual.
c. Deliver the machine to an AMADAS authorized dealer at your expense during normal working hours for any
needed warranty services.
d. Contact an AMADAS authorized dealer promptly on any claim for warranty service.
e. Sign the AMADAS machinery delivery form, which will be given to you by the dealer.
G. Disclaimer
There are no warranties that extend beyond the description here. ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMED AS ARE ALL
OTHER REPRESENTATIONS TO THE PURCHASER. AMADAS specifically excludes any liability on behalf of the
company for any incidental or consequential damages including, but not limited to, crop loss, loss of profits, rental
of substitute equipment, or other commercial losses. AMADAS shall not be responsible for expenses or
inconveniences that you might incur or experience with respect to the AMADAS Stalk Puller / Chopper, nor shall
AMADAS be liable for defects, damage, or failures caused by improper storage, unreasonable use, or abuse, or
accident, including the failure to provide reasonable and specified maintenance. This warranty applies only to the
original purchaser of the equipment. Because some states do not allow the exclusion of limitations of incidental or
consequential damages, the above limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You
may also have other rights, which vary from state to state. Where there is a conflict between a provision of this warranty
and the provision of any state, the state legislation prevails.
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