John Deere N542C No-Till Air Drill

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Specs
Key Specs:
Working widths13 m
42 ft
SpacingDual rank: 7.5-in. (19.1 cm) spacing; 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing
Single rank: 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing
Number of ranksSingle; Dual
OpenersStyle
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: 68
Dual rank - 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing: 50
Single rank - 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing: 34
Sizes:
Working widths11 m
36 ft
SpacingDual rank: 7.5-in. (19.1 cm) spacing; 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing
Single rank: 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing
Number of ranksSingle; Dual
Number of sections
Dimensions:
Transport height
Transport width
Road clearance> 17.8 cm
> 7.0 in.
Overall length≤ 9.1 m
≤ 29.9 ft
Centerframe width4.6 m
15.2 ft
Centerline of mainframe wheel support tube to centerline of wing wheel support tubes3.2 m
10.4 ft
Weight before ballastDual rank - 7.5-in. (19.1 cm) spacing: ≤ 31,000 lb. (14,100 kg)
Dual rank - 10-in. (25.4 cm) spacing: ≤ 27,300 lb. (12,400 kg)
Single rank - 15-in. (38.1 cm) spacing: ≤ 19,200 lb. (8700 kg)
Available ballast
FrameCross members
102x152 mm
4x6 in.
End tubes
51x152 mm
2x6 in.
Hitch
254x152 mm
10x6 in.
Lateral frame clearance, opener to opener15 in. (38.1 mm) for 7.5-in (19.1 cm) models
Clearance from rank to rank134 cm
52.8 in.
From ground to top of lid≤ 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≤ 310 cm (122 in.)
Tires:
Mainframe standard(4) 33x15.5-16 on front, (4) 33x15.5-16 on rear
Mainframe bolt pattern
Wings standard(4) 31x13.5-15 NHS
Wings bolt pattern
Centerframe tires and wheels(4) 500/40R16 on front, (4) 500/40R16 on rear
Wing tires and wheels(8) 33x15.5-16
Wheel spacing, center frameWidth of duals, center to center
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
50.8 cm (20 in.)
Tire width, rear - largest tire option
50.8 cm
20 in.
Openers:
StyleNo-till
Rank lock-upIndividual
DiskDiameter
45.7 cm
18 in.
Angle
7-degree angle
45.7 cm (18-in.) disk blade at 7-degree angle
Down pressureStyle
Hydraulic rank
74.8-181.4 kg/opener (165-400 lb)
Depth controlDescription
Gauge wheel (smooth sided or spoked)
Gauge wheel size
4.5x16 in.
11.4x40.6 cm
Range
0.5-3.5 in. (1.3-8.9 cm)
Increments
0.25 in. (0.64 cm)
In-Furrow press wheelMaterial
Rubber
Packing force
Adjustable down-pressure from 2.3 to 20.4 kg
5 to 45 lb
2.54x25.4 cm
1x10 in.
Furrow closingDescription
Cast wheel at 15-degree vertical angle
Serrated closing wheel at 15-degree vertical angle
Size
Cast wheel: 2.54x30.5 cm
1x12 in.
Material
Cast
Down force
Down-pressure from 11.8-19.5 kg
26-43 lb
Serrated or smooth cast closing wheel
Double-Shoot capable
Seed Metering:
DescriptionCentral volumetric metering
CropsBarley, 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 TypeElectric
Seed Storage:
Tank DescriptionCentral, non-pressurized polyethylene tank
Total Tank Capacity4200 L (120 bu)
Tank Fill ScreenOptional; one per tank opening
Tank ScalesOptional; provides summed commodity weight
Seed Distribution
TypePneumatic
Blower45 cm (17.7 in.) diameter impeller
Blower drive typeHydraulic
Distribution hose size1 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≥ 292 kW (392 hp)
Tractor drawbar power required, 10-in (25.4 cm) models≥ 232 kW (311 hp)
Tractor drawbar power required, 15-in (38.1 cm) models≥ 172 kW (231 hp)
Tractor requirements:
Minimum number of SCV'sThree - one  fold, one opener raise/lower, one seed distribution blower
Hydraulic Power BeyondRequired for in-cab opener downforce and electric power generation
Minimum hydraulic capacity30.6 gpm (116 L/min) at 2900 psi (200 bar)
Minimum electrical capacity48 A at 12 VDC
Additional information:
Tool-mounted alternator56 VDC
Optional: 56 VDC
Implement harness connection, 56 VDCPower take-off (PTO) power gen
Implement harness connection, 12 VDC7-pin SAE, 9-pin ISO
Operator interfaceDescription: QT / Gen 4
Language: English, Spanish, English/Spanish, English/French
Four-section seed on/offStandard
Fast start/Quick startStandard
Seed blockage sensor per rowStandard
Date collected1 March 2019