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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Need Agtron blockage monitor

I have a dual channel agtron blockage and rate monitor for the wired sensors. Channel one keeps giving errors and the problem is in the monitor itself, if I switch cables right outside of the monitor, the problem stays with channel 1. Shut off and cool down seems to be the only solution, then it works for a few seconds or minute at a time. Do I understand that these are becoming obsolete and replaced by wireless mostly now? If so, are there any monitors sitting around unused for the right price? Single or double channel would work, I could always use two monitors, one for each channel, and put up with twice as much beeping...


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Do the simple thing, throw that pile of junk in the trash can in the shop... thats what I did with mine,now the big 560R is nice and quiet, and I just get out and check runs like the good ol days .. that technology was great when is worked , but had become a fussy POS, and Im about as meticulous as it gets when it comes to wires/wiring

Btw my 260art was doing the exactly same thing as yours...

Was looking @ replacing with a legend set-up talking to the 2630 deere- but think Ill look at other blockage options or just do without ..made it through this year without any loop 1 fkd loop 2 ERR messages and I enjoyed that ..

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Bought a used drill with an Agtron system on it a couple years ago. System didn't seem to work when I hooked it up.
Are you guys saying that they are not worth trying to fix?
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My older Agtron system worked pretty good this season. I had to replace a couple sensors but was thankful it was working.
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For me the sensors themselves have worked flawlessly. Its the cabling between towers that seems to give me troubles. They seem to break on the inside without the outside giving much of a tell. If they had better cabling I hope most of my issues would be resolved.
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We run them on 3 drills. We wouldn't be without it. Takes a bit to figure out, especially the older ones but once you do they are golden. The newer ones are very easy to calibrate. Easy to train new drill operators when you have one on the tractor. Everything is good unless that thing complains. If set up right it does not give false readings. Always trust it. We have been burned a few times by thinking it was the unit. Even the "clean sensor" warning usually indicates some type of blockage somewhere. Sometimes just a chunk of something in the tank above the meter restricting the flow. We only run one per tower and any that might be trouble spots like the outside ones all get sensors. The company is very good with support as well. Also good for knowing exactly when a tank runs out. Some good videos on youtube for set up and installation. I even keep a spare head for troubleshooting cables which I always seem to be able to find the worst routing options. Always seem to find a pinch point and lots of time you can't see the damage. Good luck with it.
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Do the simple thing, throw that pile of junk in the trash can in the shop... thats what I did with mine,now the big 560R is nice and quiet, and I just get out and check runs like the good ol days .. that technology was great when is worked , but had become a fussy POS, and Im about as meticulous as it gets when it comes to wires/wiring

Btw my 260art was doing the exactly same thing as yours...

Was looking @ replacing with a legend set-up talking to the 2630 deere- but think Ill look at other blockage options or just do without ..made it through this year without any loop 1 fkd loop 2 ERR messages and I enjoyed that ..
Did you really trash your monitor, because if it still functioned on one loop, I would be interested in it. As much time as I waste tracking down failed sensors, and errors for no reason, it does save a lot of really embarassing incidents. Twice I had a primary hose break in the freezing early morning temps this spring, caught immediately. Many other individual plugs, and partial manifold plugs which I caught right away. It is really useful for emptying out a tank completely.
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Did you really trash your monitor, because if it still functioned on one loop, I would be interested in it. As much time as I waste tracking down failed sensors, and errors for no reason, it does save a lot of really embarassing incidents. Twice I had a primary hose break in the freezing early morning temps this spring, caught immediately. Many other individual plugs, and partial manifold plugs which I caught right away. It is really useful for emptying out a tank completely.


I sure as fk did throw that POS in the trash , right where it belongs, theres a few used Concord walking axle shims, about 40 used grease tubes, some secondary air drill hose,.. you can take it all , they deserve each other
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If anyone else is throwing this stuff away throw me a message second if the op passes. Finished season 8 with 168 sensors this year. Swapped out 4. Otherwise it worked as it should as long as you set it and don’t ignore it.

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