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Folding Home-Built Grain Drill
"We needed a seeder that would transport easily because our fields are widely spread out," says Richard Nelson, Consul, Sask., who built his own 42-ft. folding grain drill.
"We built our wing-type seeder from all new material except the boxes, which we modified from discer seed boxes. It takes about 6 min. to go from seeding to transport position and it'll travel at 20 mph. We rolled our own metal press wheels on a roller machine we made in our shop.
"The center section of the drill slides ahead when the wings are raised to give the wing boxes room to raise. In seeding position, the boxes are all in line. Seeding depth is controlled by the press wheelswhich oscillate to follow the contour of the soil.
"We built seed shaft monitors using micro switches for control. The drill has five separate hydraulic circuits using flow directors to enable a 3-spool circuit to be used. We can seed with any of the wing sections down at widths of 14, 28 or 42 ft. The drill is very maneuverable. We can back it up to the truck for filling and can turn it in its own width. It has excellent trash clearance.
"We've had very good success with this machine for the last three years seeding about 1,800 acres of wheat per year."
Richard J. Nelson
Box 5
Consul, Sask.
SON OPO Canada
(ph 306 299-5709).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #3