Drill Monitor for John Deere Drills
Overview of the primary components of the Loup Drill Monitor for various John Deere Drills and Air Seeders.
The Loup II Drill Monitor is the ideal system for monitoring population or blockage on John Deere Drills. Some of the most common drills being monitored are the Deere 750, 1560, 1590 and 455 models. In addition to any gravity fed grain drill, the Loup II is capable of being installed on any John Deere Air Seeder as well, for example monitoring population and blockage on John Deere air seeders such as the 1850, 1890, 1990, CCS drills and many others.
Ground Speed Sensor
The ground speed sensor kit consists of a shaft sensor, actuator with 4 magnets within, bracket and mounting hardware. The sensor is located on the Left hand side of the drill (looking from the hitch). The actuator is installed on the drill shaft along with the sensor and bracket. The actuator is positioned in the middle of the sensor by placing the actuator halves over the shaft and pressing until both halves snap together. The sensor on the bracket is placed away from the actuator by about 1/8”-1/4”.
The population sensors are installed on the seed tube close to or directly below the meter. Depending on which model drill the sensor is being installed on the seed tube will either be of a hard plastic or convoluted variety. Drills using hard tubes will have the sensor installed directly below the meter while convoluted flex tubes will require a portion of the tube to be removed to accommodate the population sensor. Hose clamps are used to secure the sensor in place while the sensor itself is connected into the main harness.
Air Seeders (Population and/or Blockage Sensors)
For population sensors being installed on John Deere Air Seeders the sensor is installed off one of the secondary runs from the tower/manifold and for CCS drills after the split. As with gravity drills, the sensors are secured using the supplied hose clamps and wires routed towards the main drill harness. Blockage sensors can be installed to monitor product flow. These sensors are installed by drilling a hole into the seed tube and strapping the sensor to the outside of the seed tube. Blockage sensors are then routed into a central blockage module which then connects into the main drill harness.
Wiring Harness & Common Configurations
The harness is custom-built by Loup Electronics for each drill depending on the number of sensors needed, implement width and so forth. The Loup II Drill Monitor can be configured in any number of ways depending on your needs. For 15 or 20ft drills we recommend 4 population sensors and for folding drills to use minimum 2 population sensors per section. Air drills can be configured with any combination of blockage sensors, population sensors. For example an air seeder with 4 towers/manifolds would be supplied with 4 population sensors (1 per tower) and the remaining secondary runs to use blockage sensors. This supplies the user with an average seed rate as well as protection against any blocked runs.
More sensors may be used for any one drill, for example if the need exists to put a population sensor on every row you can configure a system that way. Additional sensors are also available such as Shaft sensors or Bin Level sensors.