identify precautions and safety tips for the operation of planting
operator of planting equipment is confronted with most of the
same potential safety problems that face operators of other
equipment. While planation operations are not done at excessive
speeds nor are there very many high-speed moving parts to get
caught in, any operation that is done incorrectly or carelessly
has an accident potential.
lower the planter to the ground when not in use. Whenever
possible, perform service work and adjustments with
the planted on the ground.
sure to use Jack stands of block when working under
the planter to prevent the planter from falling.
only one person--the operator--on the tractor while
tractor and planter are in operation.
lubricating, or adjusting a machine that is in motion
could cause you to be injured. Walking or standing on
the catwalk when the planter is moving could result
in a fall.
agricultural chemicals with the proper protective gear.
Improper selection or use can injure persons, animals,
plants, soils, or other property. Follow instructions
of the chemical manufacturer.
Towing a wide planter on public roads is potentially hazardous
because the travel speed is much less than cars and trucks
on the road. For proper transport, follow instructions
in the operator's manual. Here are a few important guidelines
machinery with adequate lights, reflectors, and a bright,
clean slowmoving-vehicle emblem.
the planter in as narrow a configuration as possible.
Many wide planters have a special transport position.
Some states require a special permit to transport equipment
that's more than 8 feet (2.4 meters) wide. Check local
and state regulations.
an integral hitch is used for a double planter, the
implement should be transported in tandem.
transport links to take the load off the hydraulic cylinder
when equipment is moved more than a mile or two.
flashing warning lights, unless prohibited by local
equipment to the right of the center line. It is courteous
to pull over when possible to allow cars to pass if
oncoming traffic prevents them from using the passing
the planter must be transported very far, haul it by
truck or trailer.
The following are safety suggestions which must be considered
when operating grain drills:
filling the seed or fertilizer hoppers, be sure the
drill is properly attached to the tractor to prevent
the drill from tipping over.
lower the grain drill to the ground and shut off the
tractor before attempting to service or adjust the grain
no one to ride on the tractor or grain drill.
no one around the grain drill while it is being operated
tractor speed when operating over rough or uneven ground.
down when traveling down hills. When approaching steep
hills, shift into a lower gear to keep the tractor under
control. Do not take the transmission out of gear when
traveling on hills; you may not be able to get it back
sharp turns to prevent drill from catching on tires.
transporting the drill, be sure to place transporting
devices in position and secure them with locking pins.
the slow-moving-vehicle emblem (SMV) clean and properly
mounted at all times. This could help avoid a rear-end
collision while transporting.
hitching or unhitching the grain drill, use the parking
stands or jacks to safely support the drill until it
is securely attached or parked.
very careful when working around hydraulic components.
Escaping fluid under pressure can have sufficient force
to penetrate the skin, causing serious personal injury.
Before disconnecting lines, be sure to relieve all pressure.
Before applying pressure to the system, be sure all
connections are tight and that lines, pipes and hoses
are not damaged. Fluid escaping from a very small hole
can be almost invisible. use a piece of cardboard or
wood, rather that hands, to search for suspected leaks.
If injured by escaping fluid, see a doctor at once.
Serious infection or reaction can develop id proper
medical treatment is not administered immediately.
follow safety recommendations in the machine operator's
Fundamentals of Machine Operation - Planting, Deere & Co.
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