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Machinery department

Deere meter update kit

You many now purchase an AccuVac update kit for a John Deere Vacuum Meter. The kit includes an AccuVac 40-cell seed corn disc to replace Deere's 30-cell seed corn disc. Because the new 40-cell disc makes fewer revolutions to plant the same number of seeds as the 30-cell disc, the vacuum meter turns more slowly, allowing the planter to travel at a faster ground speed. The kit also includes a modified, adjustable doubles eliminator.

Cost of the kit is $60/row. Contact S.I. Distributing Inc., Dept. FIN, 03221 Barber Werner Rd., St. Marys, OH 45885, 800/368-7773, visit or

Planter scale

Scale-Tec is now offering a new scale package that fits on the John Deere 1790 planter with the Central Commodity System (CCS). The planter is built scale-ready. The scale system, manufactured by Digi-Star, provides constant seed inventory information, which is needed for even filling of both seed hoppers. A grower also will be able to check pounds planted with acres planted. Scale-Tec is the exclusive distributor of the kit, which sells for $1,600. Contact Scale-Tec, Dept. FIN, 16027 Hwy. 64, Anamosa, IA 52205, 319/462-2344, visit or

Low-disturbance planting

Case IH now offers a 40-ft., no-till air drill designed for large-acreage growers with high-residue conditions. The SDX40 single-disc drill features flexible-rank down-pressure adjustment that allows optimum seed placement, reports Jacky Payne, marketing training manager for Case IH seeders and chisel plows. “The operator can adjust the down pressure to each rank independently for varied depth applications, or you could completely lock up a rank to change row spacing and configurations to match your specifications,” Payne says.

The seeding depth adjustment is made by moving a depth handle from 0 to 3½ in. in ¼-in. increments. Down pressure can be adjusted from 250 to 510 lbs./opener. The 22½-in. disc is set at a 5° compound angle to cut through heavy-residue conditions. The drill with a special steel scraper forms a narrow 1¼-in. seed furrow to keep soil and residue movement at a minimum.

The SDX series single-disc drill frame works with Case IH ADX air delivery systems. A quick connection with hoses sends seed from the cart to the drill. The SDX40 also is compatible with Concord air systems. It is available with 7½-, 10 or 15-in. row spacing. List price for an SDX40 single-disc drill on 7½-in. row spacing is $74,000. Contact Case Corp., 700 State St., Racine, WI 53404, 262/636-6011, visit or

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