Spring is on the horizon, and for farmers, it marks the beginning of a new planting season. As the weather warms and the fields come back to life, it’s crucial to ensure that all our equipment is in top-notch condition. Today, we took a detailed look at our boss planter, conducting a meticulous visual inspection to identify any potential issues before we hit the fields.

Inspecting the Shaft Seal Area:

Our inspection started with a close examination of the shaft seal area. We were particularly concerned about oil leakages around the shaft seal and fittings inside the cylinder. What we discovered was a concerning oil leakage due to a failed o-ring inside the coupling. This issue was promptly identified as a Parker brining problem, emphasizing the importance of regular maintenance.

Checking the Breakaway Coupling:

Moving on, we inspected the wear on the breakaway coupling. The tip showed signs of significant wear and tear, indicating that it needed replacement along with the o-ring. Addressing this issue promptly is crucial to prevent further damage and maintain the planter’s efficiency.

Cylinder Inspection:

We then examined the fall cylinders, looking for any signs of wear or damage. Cracks in the wiper seal were our main concern, as they could lead to hydraulic issues. Fortunately, the cylinders seemed to be in good condition, but we noted the importance of keeping an eye on them throughout the season.

High Pressure Line and Hydraulic Hoses:

Our inspection extended to the high pressure line of the air setter fan motor. We observed damage to the coupling and identified weeping issues due to old and deteriorating hoses. Replacing these components before the season starts is crucial to prevent unexpected breakdowns during operation.

Shaft Condition:

Additionally, we checked the condition of the shafts, ensuring that the chrome surface was smooth and free of any marks that could damage the cylinder seals. A small preventive measure like this can go a long way in preventing leaks and prolonging the equipment’s lifespan.

Fan Motor Examination:

A critical part of our inspection was the fan motor. We noticed moisture and wetness around the coupling, indicating a failing shaft seal. Addressing this issue before the planting season is essential, as a malfunctioning fan motor can significantly disrupt the planting process.


In summary, our boss planter is in fair condition, thanks to our comprehensive inspection. While the cylinders seem ready for the upcoming season, we have highlighted concerns around the fan motor and a few hoses that need urgent replacement. By addressing these issues promptly, we are ensuring a smooth and efficient planting season ahead.

Regular inspections and proactive maintenance are the backbone of a successful farming operation. As we gear up for the spring season, these checks serve as a reminder of the importance of vigilance and attention to detail. With a well-maintained planter, we are poised for a productive and prosperous planting season, ready to sow the seeds for a bountiful harvest in the months to come.