1985 - Volume #9, Issue #6, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
On the go fertilizer filler
The new fertilizer distribution system eliminates much of the work of keeping the huge planter filled. To fill the fertilizer hoppers, Kinze built an on-the-go fertilizer tender.
"The planter carries enough seed to plant up to 100 acres without stopping but the fertilizer hoppers have to be filled about every 20 acres. This new on-the-go fertilizer tender, which holds about 5,100 lbs., lets us refill on the go," explains Mike Buser, Kinze sales representative. One fertilizer hopper mounts on either side of the front-end of a mid-sized tractor and a twin pair of augers extends out the front to refill the fertilizer hoppers on the planter. As the planter runs through the field, the tender-driver follows closely behind to refill it. Wheels on the tractor-tender are spaced to run between planted rows.
"You can cover as much as 15% more ground per day by not having to stop to refill with fertilizer," points out Buser.
The huge Twin Line planter, so named because it's a twin to Kinze's popular double-frame planter, allows you to equip the planter for conventional planting, or with coulters and other attachments for no-till. It can also be fitted with dry or liquid fertilizer, insecticide and herbicide application equipment.
The planter is unique in that it has a center pivot design that lets the operator fold up fast for road transport. It takes 2 to 3 min. for the operator to swing the planter into road position, done hydraulically right from the tractor seat.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kinze Mfg., Interstate 80 at Exit 216, Williamsburg, Iowa 52361 (ph 319 668-1300).
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