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Spring Loaded Packer Wheels Mount Behind Air Seeder Shanks
The down pressure spring and pivot point are together on this new bolt-on packer wheel assembly for air seeders, making it a compact and easy-to-mount unit that won't interfere with the trip mechanism on the shank, say farmers Rick Prosko and Jim Sowa, Rose Valley, Sask., who invented the new packer wheel for their own use when they couldn't find a suitable in-row packer for their air seeders. It worked so well, they're now gearing up to manufacture and market the packer wheel with the help of other family members.
The wheel assembly bolts quickly to the back of any shank with four bolts. Down pressure can be varied with a simple adjustment. The pivot point has just one moving part - a replaceable neoprene bushing. If the air seeder shank trips, the wheel won't strike the framework of the machine. A variety of wheels are available to fit varying field conditions and operations, including double wheel assemblies.
"A major problem with other add-on packer wheel assemblies for air seeders has been that the tripping action of the shanks breaks them off, either when they hit the cultivator frame or when they drop back to the field on top of the obstacle that tripped the shank in the first place," says Rick Prosko. "Our unit won't hit the frame of the machine when it trips and is designed so it won't be stressed when it drops back to the field."
In addition to their own air seeders, Prosko and Sowa have had prototype packer wheels out on several other farms this year to work out any bugs before putting them on the market this fall. They're also interested in hearing from manufacturers or distributors.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Val-ley Packing Systems, Box 383, Rose Val-ley, Sask. SOE 1MO Canada (ph 306 322-4569 or 306 338-2718).

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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5