Additives, Additives -18, Lubricant application rate – Kinze 3500 Lift and Rotate Planter Rev. 7/14 User Manual

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Model 3500


Rev. 11/12


Row Unit Operation


The use of graphite is recommended to promote seed flow, provide
lubrication for the seed meter and to help dissipate static charge
buildup. Among the available dry seed lubricants graphite is the most
effective and easiest to use and it requires no mechanical agitation

Mix one tablespoon of

powdered graphite with seed each time

hoppers are filled. Regular graphite use prolongs life of the seed
meter components, improves seed spacing, and may reduce buildup of seed treatments.

NOTE: DO NOT apply graphite only in center of hopper. It will filter too quickly through the seed and not
distribute as evenly as desired.

Apply graphite around outer perimeter of hopper.

Adding graphite to conventional hopper

Lubricant Application Rate


Conventional Hoppers

1 Tbs./Hopper Fill


Conventional Hoppers

¼ C.*

*Double amount of talc for sunflowers.

NOTE: Additional graphite may be required to retard buildup of seed treatments on meter components. More

frequent cleaning of monitor seed tubes may be necessary due to use of additional graphite.

Talc seed lubricant may be used as a drying agent in addition to graphite lubrication. The drying agent may improve

seed release and/or

to retard buildup of seed treatments on meter components.

1. Fill hopper ½ full of seed, add ¼ cup (conventional) of talc and

mix thoroughly.

2. Finish filling hopper, add another ¼ cup (conventional) of talc and

mix thoroughly.

3. Adjust rate of talc use as needed so all seeds are coated, while avoiding a buildup of talc in bottom of hopper.

Humid conditions and/or small sized seeds with extra seed treatment may require additional talc to maintain meter


NOTE: Liquid seed treatments or innoculants may create buildup on the seed disc or brushes. Check

frequently for proper population and/or seed delivery when using any liquid seed treatment.

Completely mix all treatments with seed following manufacturers’ recommendations. Seed treatment dumped on top of seed

after hopper is filled may not mix properly and cause seed bridging, reducing population or stopping meter from planting.