2021 - Volume #45, Issue #5, Page #02[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Affordable DIY Drop Tubes
“I was going to buy stainless steel tubing and make the drop tubes myself, but it was easier to just buy Totally Tubular kits from C&R Supply,” says Spoor. “They come in pairs ready to attach. Originally, I was going to use one on each side. I thought, why not mount one behind the row unit and make the liquid stream heavier. I like affordable, and this gave me two rows for the price of one.”
Spoor ordered 3 sets, which was enough for his 6-row Deere planter. “I liked them so much I ordered 6 more sets for my 12-row Kinze planter.”
Making the brackets required only a little blow-torch work. Spoor needed to bend six 10-in. lengths of 1 1/2-in. angle iron to match the bracket for the closing discs. He then had to straighten them out to line up the drop tube with the row.
Poly tubing feeds a variable rate of 32 percent with ATS from the hydraulic pump to the drop tubes. At the other end of the drop tubes Spoor clamped short lengths of 3/8-in. rubber tubing. They deliver the liquid fertilizer to the row surface.
“Usually once I build something, I see things I want to change,” says Spoor. “With these, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gavin Spoor, 34258 Audrain Rd. 708, Martinsburg, Mo. 65264 (ph 573 253-1459; firstname.lastname@example.org) or C&R Supply, 3610 N. Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, S. Dak. 57104 (ph 605-338-7210; toll free 800 322-2637; www.crsupply.com).
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