2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3, Page #06[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Experts Offer On-Farm Grain Drill Repair
“On any given day, we can have our guys as far west as Montana and as far south as Arkansas,” says Karen Dukek, co-founder of NTD with her husband Jimmy. “We started small in 2016 with just my husband and son. We now have salesmen/consultants and a team of technicians who are on the road nearly all the time. They all drive Ford F-350 diesels, pull into the farm, and go to work.”
The company prides itself on not only servicing equipment on-farm, but also in helping operators achieve better performance with a reduced cost of ownership. Instead of transporting equipment to a dealership, an NTD representative visits the farm, consults on options for better performance and prolonged maintenance intervals, and provides a free inspection of the air seeder.
Once needs are determined, mechanics are scheduled for service and rebuilding the air seeder. NTD works on Deere 750, 1850, 1860, 1900, and 1995 to 1990 models as well as providing extended-wear quality parts for the CCS drill.
By early March, requests for NTD teams to visit farms were already scheduled a month and a half out. While late winter and spring are NTD’s busiest time, Dukek says the crew stays busy year-round.
“A lot of farmers want to get their equipment work done over the winter,” says Dukek. “We have a flat rate, charging by the row unit and depending on what the drill needs. There is no mileage fee.”
The young company stays busy with parts as well. While they use extended-wear aftermarket vendor and OEM parts, NTD is making a growing number of parts themselves.
“My husband wanted the best for the machines he worked on, so he started designing his own parts,” says Dukek. “He and his team of engineers have developed a number of reliable parts. We offer a 3-year, 30,000-acre warranty on parts and labor.”
The company specializes in improved parts for the closing wheel and press wheel pivots. A common problem stems from cavities housing the pin and bushings not being well sealed. Dust penetrates the pivot cavity, mixes with the grease, and causes the factory-installed seals to break down, letting in more dust.
NTD’s solution is a heavy-duty, extended-wear pivot kit with hardened steel pins, bushings and poly seals designed with grease overflow channels. The bushing has a step down on the end that faces the outside of the cavity. Once the bushing and pin are installed, the poly seal is seated inside the cavity, but over the bushing, to keep dust and dirt from mixing with the grease. This reduces the need to grease to once a year or every 5,000 to 7,000 acres.
Other NTD products include a boot kit to reduce slop in the boot pivot and provide extended life, thanks to the stainless steel bushing. The NTD heavy-duty, universal adjuster shaft fork is half the cost of OEM depth handles and is powder coated for better rust prevention. The company also offers alternative gauge wheels, cruising closer wheels and more.
“We’ve shipped parts as far as Maryland and continue to branch out. We go wherever we need to go.” says Dukek.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, No Till Drill, Gonvick, Minn. 56644 (ph 218 308-5593; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.notilldrill.com).
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