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World's Largest Discer-Seeder
Steve Pavlik, Eatonia, Sask., pulls a 75-ft. wide Massey-Ferguson discer-seeder behind his 4-WD tractor, using Massey-Ferguson "piggyback" hitches he modified to connect five 15-ft. discer-seeder units together.
"It's common to see 60-ft. discer seeders but as far as we know, our 75-ft. wide discer-seeder is the world's largest," says Pavlik, who has seeded about 35,000 acres with the unit. "This rig offers the convenience, seed capacity, and quick conversion to transport of an air seeder, but it requires less horspower. A 75-ft. wide air seeder needs a tractor with more than 500 hp. We pull our rig with a 350 hp Versa-tile 950 tractor. One man can convert the rig to or out of the 14-ft. wide transport position in less than 10 minutes.
"With 112 bu. of seed capacity, we can seed 80 acres in one filling and haul enough fertilizer and chemicals to go a long way. The only advantage an air seeder has is quick, easy clean-out of the seed hoppers. We clean out the hoppers in the field as much as possible, then vacuum out the rest."
Pavlik, the original designer of the hitches, built four of them in 1978 to put together a 60-ft. wide discer-seeder. Massey-Ferguson engineers improved his design and the company now manufactures the hitch. He put together the 75-ft. wide discer-seeder in 1981. making major changes to the front hitch and structurally strengthening the other hitches.
Pavlik says he may make further modifications to the hitches, allowing him to put together a 90-ft. wide discer-seeder in the future.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pavlik Farms Ltd., Box 176, Eatonia, Sask., Canada S0L 0Y0 (ph 306 967-2288).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #5