Affordable DIY Drop Tubes

Stainless steel tubes from Totally Tubular made it easy for Gavin Spoor to drop starter fertilizer over his rows. All he had to build was the brackets and cut some poly tubing.

 

            "I was going to buy stainless steel tubing and make the drop tubes myself, but it was easier to just buy Totally Tubular kits from C&R Supply," says Spoor. "They come in pairs ready to attach. Originally, I was going to use one on each side. I thought, why not mount one behind the row unit and make the liquid stream heavier. I like affordable, and this gave me two rows for the price of one."

 

            Spoor ordered 3 sets, which was enough for his 6-row Deere planter. "I liked them so much I ordered 6 more sets for my 12-row Kinze planter."

 

            Making the brackets required only a little blow-torch work. Spoor needed to bend six 10-in. lengths of 1 1/2-in. angle iron to match the bracket for the closing discs. He then had to straighten them out to line up the drop tube with the row.

 

            Poly tubing feeds a variable rate of 32 percent with ATS from the hydraulic pump to the drop tubes. At the other end of the drop tubes Spoor clamped short lengths of 3/8-in. rubber tubing. They deliver the liquid fertilizer to the row surface.

 

            "Usually once I build something, I see things I want to change," says Spoor. "With these, I wouldn't change a thing."

 

            Contact:  FARM SHOW Followup, Gavin Spoor, 34258 Audrain Rd. 708, Martinsburg, Mo. 65264 (ph 573 253-1459; gavin.spoor14@gmail.com) or C&R Supply, 3610 N. Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, S. Dak. 57104 (ph 605-338-7210; toll free 800 322-2637; www.crsupply.com).