1980 - Volume #4, Issue #3, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Depth Control For Cyclo Planters
"We think it'll give Cyclo owners as good or better depth control than owners of Deere's popular MaxEmerge planter are getting," Jim Larson, sales manager of J & J Guide Systems, told FARM SHOW. "We may even have an advantage in that this system for Cyclo's features independently operating gauge wheels on each side of the row. If one of the wheels hits a rock, ridge or other obstruction, it can rise up as much as 3 in., or drop down 3 in., without lifting or lowering the planting shoe. Only if both wheels hit the same object will the shoe itself lift up."
The kit consists of two 12-in. dia. wheels (4 in. wide) on each side of the row, a spring clip to hold down the existing rear press wheel for each row, and the special mounting bracket which allows the springloaded depth control gauge wheels to operate independently.
"The entire depth control attachment can be installed in about 10 min. per row. The pair of wheels for each row mounts right alongside the seed chute, putting the depth control mechanism right where it should be," according to Larson. He notes that planters equipped with the new depth control device can "narrowed up" for 20 in, row spacing without any problem.
J & J Systems has produced 300 prototype units which will get a chance to show their stuff during the 1980 corn planting season. "We're encouraging interested farmers to try a set on a couple rows to see how they perform in comparison with their conventional planter rows." Suggested retail is $135 per row.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, J & J Guide Systems, Sanborn, Minn. 56083 (ph 507 648-3720).
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