Row cleaner options to meet residue management needs
As crop yields have increased over the years, so has the amount of residue left in the field after harvest. At the same time tillage practices have changed, including different tillage operations which maintain large amounts of surface residue, and even no till practices. Row cleaners are an essential tool in managing this increased amount of residue.
 
John Deere Seeding Group offers a variety of row cleaner options to meet the needs of a producer's operation. Compatibility varies by model, row spacing, and other planter equipment.
Screw-adjust unit-mounted row cleaner
 
Screw-adjust unit-mounted row cleaner

Screw-adjust unit-mounted row cleaner

The screw-adjust unit-mounted row cleaner  is mounted directly to the face plate of the row unit, placing the ground engaging components just in front of the row unit opener blades and depth gauge wheels. This close proximity allows the gauge wheels to control the depth of the row cleaner as well as the row unit. This compact design also allows greater compatibility with fertilizer openers and other planter attachments.

 
SharkTooth® wheels are standard equipment on the unit-mounted row cleaner. The swept-tooth design of the wheel provides a clear path for the row unit openers while resisting residue buildup on the wheel. The screw adjustment knob is accessible through the top of the parallel arms, providing convenient access for adjustments. The row cleaner can be adjusted in 1/16-in. increments, providing plenty of flexibility to meet the needs of changing conditions.
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Floating row cleaner with unit-mounted coulter
 
Floating row cleaner with unit-mounted coulter

Floating row cleaner with unit-mounted coulter

The floating row cleaner allows a row cleaner to be used in conjunction with a unit-mounted coulter. This combination is often desired in heavy residue loads and tough reduced tillage planting conditions. The row cleaner provides a clear path for the row unit, while the unit-mounted coulter helps penetrate tough soil conditions.
 
Accommodating the unit-mounted coulter means the residue wheels are farther forward from the row unit face plate than in the case of the screw adjust row cleaner. To maintain performance, this row cleaner has the capability to float above a defined minimum depth. Standard depth gauging bands on the wheels allow the row cleaner wheels to float independently of the row unit openers, allowing both to perform in varying terrain. The unit may also be set in a fixed position by simply pinning through the bracket if desired. This row cleaner also features SharkTooth wheels as standard equipment.
 
The floating row cleaner and unit-mounted coulter are available on many planters as factory-installed equipment. As compatibility and details vary by model, review the following links for information on specific planter models.
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Row cleaner for double-disk fertilizer opener
 
Row cleaner for double-disk fertilizer opener

Row cleaner for double-disk fertilizer opener

row cleaner for unit-mounted double-disk fertilizer opener  is also available. Double-disk fertilizer openers are best suited to operation in moderate to low residue conditions. The row cleaner for use with the double-disk fertilizer opener features tapered teeth which gently feather residue from the path of the opener and row unit. The operating depth of the fertilizer opener and the row cleaner can each be adjusted independently of the row unit, providing the adjustability to meet varying soil and residue conditions.
SharkTooth® is a U.S.-registered trademark of Yetter Manufacturing.
 
Last Updated : 08-Mar-2010