Chain maintenance, Chain slack, Chain clips – Great Plains YP825A3P Operator Manual User Manual
Page 86: Meter drive chain
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Inspect and lubricate chains regularly. The slack of new
chains tends to increase during the first few hours of
operation due to seating.
Check slack at fixed idlers within the first 8 hours of
operation and tighten idlers as necessary. Check slack at
spring-operated idlers seasonally.
Refer to Figure 89, which, for clarity, greatly exaggerates
slack, and omits the idlers.
Measure the span
for allowable slack:
Locate the longest span of each chain (usually the
span which does not run through the idlers).
Determine the ideal slack:
Long chains (over 36 inch/91 cm):
inch per foot
Vertical short chains:
inch per foot (2.1 cm/m)
Horizontal short chains:
inch per foot (4.2 cm/m).
Measure the current slack
Acting at a right angle to the chain span at the center
of the span, deflect the chain in both directions. The
slack is the distance of the movement.
Adjust the idlers for ideal slack.
Whenever mounting a chain, make sure the clip at the
removable link is oriented to minimize snags.
Refer to Figure 90 (arrow shows chain direction)
Install clip with open end facing away from direction of
chain travel (shown by gray or striped arrows in chain
Meter Drive Chain
Refer to Figure 91 (which depicts planter raised)
When performing periodic lubrication, check chain
condition. Replace chain if any frozen kinks are not
corrected by lubrication.
When performing seasonal checks, lower planter to put
chain at minimum idler spring tension.
Check that idler spring length
, measured from outside
of pin to outside of pin, is not shorter than:
7.0 inch (17.8 cm)
Lift spring off idler assembly
. Check that idler
assembly pivots freely. Re-attach spring.
Check chain clip orientation. Check chain routing at
Measuring Chain Slack
Chain Clip Orientation
25AP Meter Drive Chain