Floating row cleaner with unit-mounted coulter
Floating row cleaner

Floating row cleaner

Row cleaners are an essential tool in maintaining planter performance in reduced tillage conditions. Row cleaners aid in clearing residue from the path of the row unit, ensuring proper row unit operation. Row cleaners provide many agronomic benefits, including quicker soil warmup and germination, and reduced hairpinning of residue into the seed furrow. They can also provide a smoother ride for the gauge wheels, resulting in less row unit bounce and a more uniform seeding depth.
 
When paired with a unit mounted coulter, the floating combo row cleaner offers the ultimate solution for managing tough residue and soil conditions. The row cleaner clears the way of debris, and the coulter penetrates tough soil, opening the furrow for the row unit opener blades. The floating ability of the row cleaner allows the unit to adapt to varying terrain independently of the row unit.
Compatibility
 
Rear bracket installed on row unit

Rear bracket installed on row unit

The floating row cleaner with unit mounted coulter is now available as a factory installed option. It is available on the following models with 76.2-cm (30-in.) or wider row spacing. 
  • 1700
  • 1710
  • 1720
  • 1760NT
  • 1760
  • 1770 Flex
  • 1780
On these models, the rear bracket of the row cleaner is installed behind the unit-mounted coulter (as shown in the image). The remaining parts ship as a bundle with the planter and require assembly after delivery. This eliminates removal of the unit-mounted coulter when installing the floating row cleaner, greatly reducing setup time.

Two option codes are available on these planters:
  • Option 5375 unit-mounted coulter with 1.6-cm (0.63-in.) 25-flute blade and floating row cleaner
  • Option 5380 unit-mounted coulter with 1.8-cm (0.7-in.) 13-flute blade and floating row cleaner
Long parallel arms are required when using the floating row cleaner on 1760NT Planters. Use of long parallel arms is also recommended, but not required, when using the floating row cleaner on 1770 Flex Planters in conjunction with frame-mounted fertilizer openers.
 
The floating row cleaner is also available on 1770NT and 1790 Planters.
Floating row cleaner features
 
Floating row cleaner front view

Floating row cleaner front view

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 floating row cleaner features the SharkTooth® wheel. The beveled, sharpened edge of the teeth on the SharkTooth aggressively cuts flat and standing residue in the path of the row unit. The curved tooth design sweeps a clear path for the unit-mounted coulter and opener blades, and resists residue buildup. When used with the unit-mounted coulter, the wheels are run side-by-side. They may be operated with one wheel forward, if desired, by simply relocating the wheels to existing holes on the row cleaner bracket. The wheel bearings of the floating row cleaner are sealed and require no regular maintenance.
 
Cast aluminum depth gauge bands are standard equipment on the floating row cleaner. These durable bands are mounted directly to the row cleaner wheel, and aid the row cleaner in maintaining a consistent operating depth over varying terrain. The depth gauge bands also add weight to the row cleaner, aiding penetration in tough conditions. The depth gauge bands may be removed if desired.
Adjustability
 
Row cleaner adjustments

Row cleaner adjustments

The floating row cleaner is designed with maximum terrain following flexibility in mind. The pin adjustment has multiple settings available in 6.4-mm (1/4-in.) increments. The primary method of operating is to limit the maximum depth of operation, and allow the row cleaner to float up when necessary. This is accomplished by placing the adjustment pin below the floating bracket, limiting downward travel, but permitting upward travel. 
 
It is also possible to set the row unit in a manner allowing full float. Simply place the pin in the lowest setting, allowing the depth gauge bands to determine the operating depth up and down. In some conditions, it may be desirable to pin the unit in a fixed position. This may be accomplished by simply pinning through the floating arm, fixing the row cleaner arm to the row unit and allowing the row unit to control operating depth.
Operational notes
 
Use of row cleaners and unit-mounted coulters is not recommended when surface application pre-plant herbicide is used prior to planting. when using pre-plant incorporated herbicide, the row cleaner should be adjusted to minimize soil disturbance so as not to reduce the effectiveness of the incorporated herbicide.
 
Drive wheel chain shields are recommended for use with row cleaner attachments.
 
SharkTooth is a trademark of Yetter Manufacturing, Inc.
 
Last Updated : 25-Sep-2018