John Deere N542C Air Drill Central Commodity System (CCS™)

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  • Electric drive with Section Control
  • Wide variety of working widths and row spacings
  • Latest John Deere technologies
  • Easier access to meters
Key Specs:
Working widths N530C - 9.15 m (30 ft)
N536C - 11 m (36 ft)
N540C - 12.2 m (40 ft)
N542C - 13 m (42 ft)
Spacing Dual rank: 7.5-in. (19.1 cm) spacing; 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing
Single rank: 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing
Number of ranks Single; Dual
Openers Style
No-till
Rank lock-up
Individual
Diameter
45.7 cm
18 in.
Down pressure
74.8-181.4 kg/opener (165-400 lb)
Dual rank - 7.5-in. (19.1 cm) spacing: N530C 48, N536C 58, N540C 64, N542C 68
Dual rank - 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing: N530C 36, N536C 44, N540C 48, N542C 50
Single rank - 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing: N530C 24, N536C 28, N540C 32, N542C 34
Sizes:
Working widths N530C - 9.15 m (30 ft)
N536C - 11 m (36 ft)
N540C - 12.2 m (40 ft)
N542C - 13 m (42 ft)
Spacing Dual rank: 7.5-in. (19.1 cm) spacing; 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing
Single rank: 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing
Number of ranks Single; Dual
Dimensions:
Road clearance > 17.8 cm
> 7.0 in.
Overall length ≤ 9.1 m
≤ 29.9 ft
Centerframe width N530C and N536C - 3.5 m (11.4 ft)
N540C and N542C - 4.6 m (15.2 ft)
Centerline of mainframe wheel support tube to centerline of wing wheel support tubes N530C - 7.85 ft (2.4 m)
N536C -7.85 ft (2.4 m)
N540C -10.4 ft (3.2 m)
N542C - 10.4 ft (3.2 m)
Weight before ballast Dual rank - 7.5-in. (19.1 cm) spacing: N530C - ≤ 23,000 lb. (10,400 kg); N536C - ≤ 27,200 lb. (12,300 kg); N540C - ≤ 29,800 lb. (13,500 kg); N542C - ≤ 31,000 lb. (14,100 kg)
Dual rank - 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing: N530C - ≤ 20,400 lb. (9300 kg); N536C - ≤ 24,300 lb. (11,000 kg); N540C - ≤ 26,400 lb. (12,000 kg); N542C - ≤ 27,300 lb. (12,400 kg)
Single rank - 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing: N530C - ≤ 14,700 lb. (6700 kg); N536C - ≤ 16,900 lb. (7700 kg); N540C - ≤ 18,500 lb. (8400 kg); N542C - ≤ 19,200 lb. (8700 kg)
Available ballast 800 lb
Frame Cross members
102x152 mm
4x6 in.
End tubes
51x152 mm
2x6 in.
Hitch
254x152 mm
10x6 in.
Lateral frame clearance, opener to opener 15 in. (38.1 mm) for 7.5-in (19.1 cm) models 20 in. (50.8 mm) for 10-in (25.4 cm) models
Clearance from rank to rank 134 cm
52.8 in.
From ground to top of lid N530C and N536C - ≤ 320 cm (126 in.)
N540C and N542C - ≤ 310 cm (122 in.)
From ground to platform ≤ 220 cm
85 in.
From ground to top of safety rail ≤ 322.6 cm
127 in.
From ground to top of lights N530C and N536C - ≤ 320 cm (126 in.)
N540C and N542C - ≤ 310 cm (122 in.)
Tires:
Mainframe standard M Standard: 4 33x15.5/16
4 33x15.5/16
W Standard: 4 31x13.5/15
HF Mainframe: 4 33x15.5/16
HF Wing: 8 33x15.5/16
Premium Main: 30/36 ft. 4 33x15.5/16 Front 4 500/40R16 Rear
40/42 4 500/40R16 F 4 500/40R16 R
Premium Wing: 8 33x15.5/16
Mainframe bolt pattern 8 bolts
Wings standard (4) 31x13.5-15 NHS
Wings bolt pattern 8 bolts
Centerframe tires and wheels N530C and N536C - (4) 33x15.5-16 on front, (4) 500/40R16 on rear
N540C and N542C - (4) 500/40R16 on front, (4) 500/40R16 on rear
Wing tires and wheels (8) 33x15.5-16
Wheel spacing, center frame Width of duals, center to center
N530C and N536C - 258.1 cm (101.6 in.)
N540C and N542C - 322.1 cm (126.8 in.)
Width outside to outside of dual pair, front - largest tire option
130.8 cm
51.5 in.
Width outside to outside of dual pair, rear
130.8 cm
51.5 in.
Tire width, front - largest tire option
N530C and N536C - 40.6 cm (16 in.)
N540C and N542C - 50.8 cm (20 in.)
Tire width, rear - largest tire option
50.8 cm
20 in.
Openers:
Style No-till
Rank lock-up Individual
Disk Diameter
45.7 cm
18 in.
Angle
7-degree angle
45.7 cm (18-in.) disk blade at 7-degree angle
Down pressure Style
Hydraulic rank

74.8-181.4 kg/opener (165-400 lb)
Depth control Description
Gauge wheel (smooth sided or spoked)
Gauge wheel size
4.5 in. x 16 in. or 3 in. x 16 in.
11.4x40.6 cm or 7.6 cm x 40.6 cm
Range
0.5-3.5 in. (1.3-8.9 cm)
Increments
0.25 in. (0.64 cm)
In-Furrow press wheel Material
Rubber
Packing force
Adjustable down-pressure from 2.3 to 20.4 kg
5 to 45 lb
2.54x25.4 cm
1x10 in.
Furrow closing Description
Cast wheel at 15-degree vertical angle
Serrated closing wheel at 15-degree vertical angle
Size
Cast wheel: 2.54x30.5 cm
1x12 in.
Serrated closing wheel: 302 mm
11.9 in.
Material
Cast
Down force
Down-pressure from 11.8-19.5 kg
26-43 lb
Serrated or smooth cast closing wheel
Seed Metering:
Description Central volumetric metering
Crops Barley, oats, rice, sorghum, soybean, wheat
Max Volumetric Seeding Rates - Barley ≤ 1,000,000 seeds per acre (2,470,000 seeds per hectare)
Max Volumetric Seeding Rates - Oats ≤ 2,500,000 seeds per acre (6,180,000 seeds per hectare)
Max Volumetric Seeding Rates - Rice ≤ 1,700,000 seeds per acre (4,200,000 seeds per hectare)
Max Volumetric Seeding Rates - Milo/Sorghum ≤ 100,000 seeds per acre (247,000 seeds per hectare)
Max Volumetric Seeding Rates - Soybean ≤ 250,000 seeds per acre (618,000 seeds per hectare)
Max Volumetric Seeding Rates - Wheat ≤ 2,970,000 seeds per acre (7,300,000 seeds per hectare)
Metering Drive Type Electric
Seed Storage:
Tank Description Central, non-pressurized polyethylene tank
Total Tank Capacity N530C and N536C - 3500 L (100 bu)
N540C and N542C - 4200 L (120 bu)
Tank Fill Screen Optional; one per tank opening
Tank Scales Optional; provides summed commodity weight
Type Pneumatic
Blower 45 cm (17.7 in.) diameter impeller
Blower drive type Hydraulic
Distribution hose size 1 in. (2.54 cm) ID for 38.1 cm (15 in.) row spacing
1.13 in. (3.13 cm) ID primaries with 1 in. (2.54 cm) ID secondaries for 19.1 and 25.4 cm (7.5 and 10 in.) row spacings
Equipment compatibility (at 1.5 in. seeding depth and 8 mph):
Tractor drawbar power required, 7.5-in (19.1 cm) models N530C - ≥ 219 kW (293 hp)
N536C - ≥ 254 kW (341 hp)
N540C - ≥ 278 kW (373 hp)
N542C - ≥ 292 kW (392 hp)
Tractor drawbar power required, 10-in (25.4 cm) models N530C - ≥ 179 kW (240 hp)
N536C - ≥ 207 kW (278 hp)
N540C - ≥ 225 kW (301 hp)
N542C - ≥ 232 kW (311 hp)
Tractor drawbar power required, 15-in (38.1 cm) models N530C - ≥ 137 kW (183 hp)
N536C - ≥ 154 kW (206 hp)
N540C - ≥ 166 kW (222 hp)
N542C - ≥ 172 kW (231 hp)
Tractor requirements:
Minimum number of SCV's Four - one  fold, one opener raise/lower, one seed distribution blower, and one for downforce
Note: tractors equipped with power beyond only require three SCV's
Hydraulic Power Beyond Required for in-cab opener downforce and electric power generation
Minimum hydraulic capacity N530C - 81 L/min (21.4 gpm) at 19 cm (7.5 in.); 73.8 L/min (19.5 gpm) at 25.4 cm (10 in.); 61.7 L/min (16.3 gpm) at 38.1 cm (15 in.)
N536C - 98.8 L/min (18.7 gpm) at 19 cm (7.5 in.); 80.6 L/min (21.3 gpm) at 25.4 cm (10 in.); 70.8 L/min (16.3 gpm) at 38.1 cm (15 in.)
N540C - 108.6 L/min (28.7 gpm) at 19 cm (7.5 in.); 81 L/min (21.4 gpm) at 25.4 cm (10 in.); 75.7 L/min (20.0 gpm) at 38.1 cm (15 in.)
N540C - 115.8 L/min (30.6 gpm) at 19 cm (7.5 in.); 90.1 L/min (23.8 gpm) at 25.4 cm (10 in.); 79.1 L/min (20.9 gpm) at 38.1 cm (15 in.)
Minimum electrical capacity 48 A at 12 VDC
Additional information:
Tool-mounted alternator 56 VDC
Optional: 56 VDC
Implement harness connection, 56 VDC Power take-off (PTO) power gen
Implement harness connection, 12 VDC 7-pin SAE, 9-pin ISO
Operator interface Description: QT / Gen 4
Language: English, Spanish, English/Spanish, English/French
Four-section seed on/off Standard
Fast start/Quick start Standard
Seed blockage sensor per row Standard
Date collected 1 March 2019