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“Unpluggers” Keep Planters Working
Travis Van Well of South Dakota found a simple solution to keep a John Deere planter humming.
“I was working for a big farmer and the planter kept plugging up,” he says. “I played around with stuff until I figured out how to keep the chunks from clogging up the hoses.”
Van Well says he expanded a simple piece of metal with a frame around it to keep the metal from rubbing against the mechanism.
It took a little adjusting to find the right size grate. The first attempt didn’t allow the corn and beans to pass through the grate and still stop anything that would plug up the hoses.
“We figured out the slope of the boxes that it sits in,” Van Well says. “I played around with the size until it sat snugly in the planter.
“The thing many farmers like is the grate is not bolted in at all,” he says. “If stuff piles up on the grates, you reach in with the provided handle and pull it up to the top of the box.”
Without a grate to catch the debris, farmers have to take time to clear out clogs.
Van Well Grates are available on the New Ag Supply website for $390 each. They’re available for 35, 55, 70, and 100-bushel tanks.
The grates are currently available for John Deere 1700/DB Series Planter CCS Tanks and 1690, 1890, and 1990 CS Tanks.
Van Well says he’s working on building grates to fit other models like Kinze and Case. Farmers with other models consistently ask for grates to fit their planters.
“The Kinze and Case units are a little different than Deere planters,” Van Well says. “There’s a slide that farmers can push shut, go underneath it, and then clean out the problem.
“They can reopen the slide, so they don’t have to clean the box out,” he says. “However, guys see how simple this solution is and realize they don’t have to crawl under anymore.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Travis Van Well, 287 Davlin St., Hoven, S.D. 57450 (ph 605-216-2602; www.twitter.com @Travis_VWell); or Brian Sieker, New Ag Supply, P.O. Box #347, Chase, Kan. 67524 (ph 620-938-7009; newagsupply@gmail.com; www.newagsupply.com).

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