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Hinging spray hoods for planters
"We wanted to band chemicals to cut costs but we didn't want to have to stop planting because of wind," say Floyd and Gordon Greimann, Sheffield, Iowa about their slick new design for hinging spray hoods that mount behind planter row units.
The banding hoods worked out so well the Greimanns have started manufacturing them for sale. "We've used the shields two seasons and they've worked excellent. We've sprayed in winds over 45 mph and the bands have held perfectly," says Floyd.
One key feature is that the hoods mount on hinges that allow them to run close to the ground yet hinge up backward without damage if they hit an obstacle. The closer the shield is to the ground, the more the spray pattern is protected from the wind.
The Greimanns also wanted an easy way to clean or change spray tips. Each tip can be removed by releasing two spring clips and pulling up on the fitting. When the tip is placed back in the shield, it fits into a slot making it easy to keep the spray pattern aligned with the hood. "That lets us use a smaller shield yet still spray with accuracy," notes Floyd.
Shields slide up and down easily on a bracket that attaches to the back of row units. Except for the mounting brackets, all parts are made out of stainless steel.
Adaptable to any planter, the spray hoods sell for $80 apiece, including all spray fittings needed for the spray hood but not the nozzles. Dealer inquiries welcome.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Floyd & Gordon Greimann, Box 483, Sheffield, Iowa 50475 (ph 515 892-4778).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6