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Truck-Mounted Seed Blower
The popular Yetter Seed Jet is normally used to blow bulk seed from a gravity wagon to a planter. The Yetter system includes a gas engine, blower, mini hopper, and flexible tubing that runs to a hand-held cyclone that's used to fill the planter with seed.
  Instead of mounting the equipment on a wagon, Doug Martin mounted his Seed Jet on a tandem axle grain truck equipped with a 600-bu. box.
  "It lets us haul a lot more bulk seed than we could with a gravity wagon, and we can transport seed at highway speeds which saves a lot of time," says Martin, who farms with his father, Jeff, and uncle Tom near Mt. Pulaski, Ill
  Jerry Tschantz, an employee of the Martins, did the actual work. He bolted a homemade metal shelf onto one side of the truck frame, just ahead of the rear left wheels, to hold the gas engine and blower. He mounted the inlet hopper on back of the truck box and added a length of rubber skirting on top of the hopper to keep seed from overflowing as the box is raised. The hopper swings so it always stays level as the truck bed is raised.
  "We use it for both corn and beans and couldn't be happier with it," says Martin. "We buy the seed in bulk bags and use a forklift to dump them into the truck. The cyclone is attached to about 35 ft. of stainless steel flexible tubing. We added a pair of metal handlebars on top of the cyclone to make it easier to handle. A sheet of plywood keeps the truck's rear wheels from throwing mud up onto the engine and blower."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Doug Martin, 1947 169th St., Mt. Pulaski, Ill. 62548 (ph 217 674-3439).

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2003 - Volume #27, Issue #1