1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
British Planter Debuts In North America
Stanhay Webb's "Salvo 650" planter features a low-maintenance vacuum metering unit with no moving parts for fast and accurate seed placement at high speeds, even in tough conditions, according to the company.
"It places seed within 1/5th of an inch either side of a drop point 90 percent of the time at 5 1/2 mph," says Mark Mahan of Triangle M Equipment, one of two U.S. distributors. "It's capable of 99 percent seed singulation, too."
In part, that's the result of the shortest seed drop in the industry - 4 1/2 in. compared to 19 1/2 in. with many competing machines, Mahan says. It's also the result of a large blower and big hoses that move a large volume of air, he adds.
The planter's 1.05 bu. seed hoppers, which are expandable by 150 percent, mount on 4 by 4 or 7 by 7-in. toolbars, depending on size of the planter.
Row units are equipped with Hawkins double disc openers and the planter has a 12-speed gearbox. Row spacings from 12 to 40 in. or more are available, as are 72 separate seed spacings, from .71 to 13 1/2 in.
Among options are 400 lb. fertilizer hoppers that are also expandable by 150 percent.
Units are available in 4 up to 24-row folding and 3-pt. models. Prices start at $9,900 (U.S.).
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Triangle M Equipment, Old 41 North, Box 70, Morocco, Ind. 47963 (ph 219 285-2377) or Solex Corp., 220 South Jefferson Street, Dixon, Calif. 95620 (ph 916 678-5533).
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