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Attachments Improve Max-Emerge Planters
"We purchased our first Deere Max-Emerge planter in 1976 and each year we have had to replant rows, both corn and beans, due to clods, roots, etc., clogging the firming wheels of an individual planting unit. The problem increased when we went to more conservation tillage with more crop residue at planting time," notes Dick Couser of Couser Machine and Supply, Nevada, Iowa, manufacturer of a new "Firming Wheel Shield" that has solved the problem.
The shield attaches with two bolts, using the existing two holes in the firming wheel frame and exposes the spring adjusting bolt so that the pressure of the firming wheels can be changed without removing the shield.
A tine-tooth herbicide incorporator can be bolted on top of the shield using the same two bolts. For planters with row leveling chains, a shorter shield is available.
"A number of planters in the area have used the shields with the same excellent results. From ridge planting to conventional tillage, even mud and standing water conditions last spring, it's been used with no problems," says Couser.
The Firming Wheel Shield for Max-Emerge and Kinze planters sells for $8.95, plus shipping.
The company also manufacturers a low-cost "Trash Thrower" for Max-Emerge and Kinze planters.
"It's a low-cost alternative to furrow openers and other trash cleaners that can cost as much as $100 more per row than our unit," says Couser. "With the Trash Thrower, we have better seed spacing, especially in soybeans. And, the sweep leaves a clean area for banding herbicides."
The Trash Thrower features a 10 in. sweep attached to a shank bolted to the planter unit's base plate. The sweep helps clear clods and residue from in front of the planter unit for better seed spacing.
Seed depth is adjustable and there are no bearings to replace as on other trash clearing systems.
The Trash Thrower sells for $39.95 per row, including the sweep.
For more information on both attachments, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Couser Machine and Supply, Rt. 2, Nevada, Iowa 50201 (ph 515 382-5560 or 4897).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #1