2015 - Volume #39, Issue #3, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
They Rebuild Air Seeders And Install Control Lube Systems
“We can rebuild a seeder for about $25,000 versus $75,000 to $80,000 for a new one,” says Houtwed.
When he started the company, Houtwed would send crews out to the farm, often for days at a time. He soon began bringing the row units into a central shop for a complete rebuild, from gauge wheels and disk blades to bushings and seed hoses. Business grew from 5 or 6 rebuilds the first year to 100 or more today.
Other services provided by Precision Ag Solutions include adding fertilizer setups to planting equipment and strip-till machines, and setting up new equipment. Along the way Houtwed got the idea to simplify greasing on air seeders.
“Our greasing system eliminates getting down and crawling under the seeder to grease every port,” he says. “It cuts greasing time from an hour and a half or more to 10 to 15 min.”
All too often a port gets missed, and a dry bearing is a ruined bearing. The greasing system with its 12,000-lb. test hoses is available as a kit for $130 a row or $160 installed. Though designed for air seeders, the system can be installed on other equipment as well.
He says customers having air seeders rebuilt or buying new air seeders bring them in for a greasing system installation. Houtwed says the firm rebuilds air seeders for customers from Texas to South Dakota and Missouri to Colorado.
For those more distant or interested in installing a greasing system themselves, Houtwed offers a 10-page, illustrated and detailed instruction guide.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Precision Ag Solutions, 30411 N. U.S. Hwy. 281, Pratt, Kan. 67124 (ph 620 933-2026; www.paspratt.com).
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