First time spreading fertiliser

Oneill

Member
Livestock Farmer
Hi

new to this so any help would be much appreciated,

spreading fertiliser for the first time in a John Deere at 540e pto. What rpm will achieve 540e on the clock? Or how many rpm is good enough to run a spreader? First time spreading , running the tractor on 540e at about 1700rpm but at one stage the rpm reached 1800rpm and the warning light came on ( due to me pressing the acceleration going uphill) Does this mean that the there’s too much speed going to the pto shaft and to reduce rpm? Also when this light come on would it do damage to the pto?
Any help would be much appreciated
Thanks
 

Ben B

Member
Mixed Farmer
At least on CNH tractors in 540e PTO gear means, 540 rpm at the shaft is achieved at a little more than 1500 engine rpm. Depends on what speed you need though doubt it would do any damage to the tractor.
 

Grouse

Member
Tractor will be fine - it will mess up your application rates though - and when the grass / crop grows you may get rips down the field in varying growth rates / depths of green - it may amuse your neighbours / colleagues. Don’t ask me how I know !
 

Timbo

Member
Location
Gods County
Hi

new to this so any help would be much appreciated,

spreading fertiliser for the first time in a John Deere at 540e pto. What rpm will achieve 540e on the clock? Or how many rpm is good enough to run a spreader? First time spreading , running the tractor on 540e at about 1700rpm but at one stage the rpm reached 1800rpm and the warning light came on ( due to me pressing the acceleration going uphill) Does this mean that the there’s too much speed going to the pto shaft and to reduce rpm? Also when this light come on would it do damage to the pto?
Any help would be much appreciated
Thanks

Advice - if you're gunna ask what engine rpms equates to 540 at the shaft, TELL US WHAT TRACTOR .

John deere made more than one
 

Oneill

Member
Livestock Farmer
Tractor will be fine - it will mess up your application rates though - and when the grass / crop grows you may get rips down the field in varying growth rates / depths of green - it may amuse your neighbours / colleagues. Don’t ask me how I know !
Lucky enough it’s only grazing ground won’t try crops just yet 😂
 

Werzle

Member
Location
Midlands
Hi

new to this so any help would be much appreciated,

spreading fertiliser for the first time in a John Deere at 540e pto. What rpm will achieve 540e on the clock? Or how many rpm is good enough to run a spreader? First time spreading , running the tractor on 540e at about 1700rpm but at one stage the rpm reached 1800rpm and the warning light came on ( due to me pressing the acceleration going uphill) Does this mean that the there’s too much speed going to the pto shaft and to reduce rpm? Also when this light come on would it do damage to the pto?
Any help would be much appreciated
Thanks
You would only need it on 1500-1600 on 540 so probably 1200rpm would be fine 540e. You can pretty much listen to the spreader to hear the sweet spot for somewhere nr spreader speed, if it sounds like its vibrating and going to take off then the revs are too high!
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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