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Self-Propelled Seed Treater
"It allows us to service our customers more quickly," says Leonard Haney about a self-propelled seed treater his company put together last year.
The Picture Butte, Alberta, seedsman, mounted a commercially-built stationary seed treating unit on part of a 400 Versa-tile swather equipped with hydrostatic drive and independent hydraulic system.
A 20 hp generator driven off the swather's main power shaft mounts on the swather's left side. A 45-gal. drum to hold seed-treating chemicals and a 110-volt air compressor mount on the swather's right side.
An incoming 15-bu. hopper mounts above the treater and a 15-bu. discharge hopper mounts below it. A 7-in. dia., 20-ft. long discharge auger is used to unload treated seed from the hopper into customers' trucks. The auger is driven by a 3-phase reversible motor and is raised up to 8 ft. high by a 3-in. dia., 5-ft. long hydraulic cylinder mounted underneath. A clean-out at the bottom permits easy clean-up.
The self-propelled seed treater handles about 30 bu. per minute of treated cereal grain seed, at least twice the capacity of conventional treatment systems, Haney says.
"It lets us take the seed treater to any bin. Our customers are pleased with the uniformity of application by the seed treater, which we bought from Graham Seed Farms, Olds, Alberta," he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Haney Farms, Box 280, Picture Butte, Alberta, Canada TOK 1VO (ph 403 738-4421; fax 4420).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3