Sloan Support Call Center Now With Extended Hours

by Weston Adcock, Assumption, IL 

Starting Tuesday September 8th Sloan Implement will open its call center for 2015 harvest. If you do business with Sloan Implement, AMS call support is free during business hours. Business hours include 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. We will have 3 experienced AMS individuals staffing the call center each day. This will be your best outlet and fastest response for all your AMS questions. This past spring we took 3,500 calls with over 200 per day and still averaged a wait time of less than 30 seconds. If by chance all 3 lines are in use and you do not want to wait on hold, you will have the ability to leave a call back number that saves your place in line and generates an automatic return call. You also have the ability to connect with the call center by sending an email or requesting a call back through our Sloans App.  You can download the Sloan App for Iphone and Android by clicking here.

If you need assistance after the call center is closed, Sloans will now be offering after hours support to keep your operation going into the night and on weekends. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the week, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays we will be providing voicemail support. If you leave a detailed message of your issue with your name and number, you will get a timely response from a member of our AMS team.  For this added service we will charge $50 for the call.

Thank you again for your business, we look forward to helping you through harvest this year.

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Cracked Corn, Leaving corn on the Cob, and Unloading Auger Failures

Harvesting at K&J Farms

by Josh Zuck, Lanark, IL 

Harvest has been in full swing in Northern IL. Customers are seeing 235 – 250 bu /acre yields and around 22 – 25 % moisture. Customers are still having some issues with cracking corn with the higher moisture. The first thing to check it to make sure your feed accelerator is on the slow speed. Also run your rotor slower than Deere’s recommendations.  Run slow enough to prevent damage, but fast enough to get all the corn off the cob. If you are still having issues with cracking, install the smooth feed accelerator paddles and even a feed accelerator slow down kit. We have been selling a few of these and customers are seeing a big improvement in the grain tank. The part number for the slow down kit is BH81691.  Contact your local Sloan Implement Parts Department for more info and pricing.

I have been seeing some full season corn that was planted early in the spring where the moisture is around 20%, but the cob has been rubbery and customers are having a few issues with getting the corn off the cob. If you are noticing kernel loss on the rotor sensor, you want to raise your chopper and put the chopper in neutral. By raising the chopper you are dropping all the trash in a wind row and making it easier to see if you are leaving it on the cob or it is just not making it out of the rotor on to the chaffer (loose corn). Mainly, I have been seeing it left on the cob. To correct this, tighten the concave a few millimeters at a time and re-check the rear of the machine. Speeding up the rotor helps with this also. I have been speeding up 20 rpms at a time to make sure I am not damaging the corn.

Unloading auger failures have been back to haunt us once again. The main reason for the failures are leaving the unloading auger full. Customers are “topping off” the grain cart when the bin is full and then shutting off the unload when it is still full of corn. What is happing is the higher moisture corn is then sitting in the auger as they continue picking. The main failure area we have been seeing in the top splines in the vertical auger are getting stripped. When you engage the auger, it will strip the splines then shear the shear bolt in the unload hub.  Make sure if you are going to top off the cart, only pick what the cart can hold so you can run the auger empty, especially in higher moisture corn.

 

Platform Maintenance and Feeder House Adjustments

by Bill Kletecka, Cuba City, WI 

Harvest in southwest Wisconsin is off to a fevered pace with dry fall weather, and dry crops.  Customers have been actively combining beans with yields ranging around mid to upper 60’s.  Bean moisture’s have been very good with very little of them overly dry.  The stems of the beans have been another story, with very little of them being fit for cutting.

Green stemmed beans truly test the cutter bar on the head, and the customers that maintain and adjust their heads are able to cut cleaner fields.  We recommend replacing both guards and sickles yearly to ensure a clean cut.  We have found that the edge on the guards is equally if not more important that the knife sections for clean cuts.   On 600F series head it is very critical to keep the hold downs tight to the sickle.  The rule of thumb for them is the thickness of a business card between the hold down and top of the sickle.  For the 600FD heads we found that is also critical to adjust the feeder house fore and aft on the combines.  This is due in part to the increased distance from the sickle to the rear of the head.

Here are some fast instructions for an S series combines.  Remember, if you are working under the feeder house to put the safety stop on the cylinder. This diagram shows the fasteners to loosen.

Fore/Aft Feederhouse Adjustments

 

Do not loosen “C”.  Once they are loosened you can lengthen your turnbuckles on the top of the feeder house keeping them in equal length.  We found that three full turns on the turnbuckle are more than enough to get a better cut.  After the turnbuckles are set tighten up the hardware, and you should be able reattach the head and check the angle.  All combine operators manuals show how to do this in more depth if more info is needed.

Tips for Combining in Muddy Conditions and Proper Platform Calibration

Rainbow after a harvest shower

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

Rain has slowed harvest progress in Central Illinois.  A few farmers are back at it today with cautious optimism.  As with any wet and muddy condition, power requirements are usually at higher levels than with dry and firm field conditions.  Now might be a good time to change your fuel filters if you are at or near that service interval to prevent having to do so in the field.

Another issue with softer soils is that header control and its calibration become more important.  Make sure that your header has been properly calibrated even if it has been done in previous years and appeared to work fine when we had better field conditions.  Also, make sure before you do the calibration, all of the mechanical flex arms underneath the platform are free from mud and debris and are working freely as well as the sensor rods too.  Once you start the calibration, when the lower header command is on the screen, make sure you lower the header to the ground and hold down on the lower switch for a few extra seconds to make sure that the sensors are fully compressed.  This will insure that the full range of the sensor will be taken in to account during the calibration and make for better header performance.  In the field, if you are experiencing material “drag up” issues increase your hydraflex pressure.  This will remove weight from the cutterbar and allow it to slide over the ground easier.  If problems persist, make sure that the yellow poly skid shoes are running level with the ground.  This can be accomplished by changing the pitch on your feederhouse face plate.  Another tip is you can turn up the header and/or tilt sensitivity to make the system more reactive.  Cutting beans at an angle can also reduce residue challenges in soft soils as the cutterbar is constantly swept clean by incoming crop.  The more severe the angle you cut the less crop you will run over with the end snout and skid shoe.