SIZED AND BALANCED RIGHT
Center tracks added to this 24-row Kinze planter help Brad and Kyle Stackhouse minimize soil compaction on each pass.
WHERE TRACKS FIT
Here’s a view from the rear of one set of the tracks on the Kinze planter. Notice how the tracks are attached to the planter frame. It took some tweaking to make everything work, Brad Stackhouse says.
NARROW GAUGE WHEELS
Notice the narrow gauge wheels on the row that runs in between the tracks. That was one of the adjustments necessary so the tracks would fit and work properly.
Here’s what the rig looks like from the front. The tractor carries tanks, plus there are large tanks for starter fertilizer over the center of the planter. This tractor is equipped with rear tracks.
The tractor that pulls the planter has a rear track on each side and a regular tire on each side upfront. The combination delivers a good ride and plenty of pulling power while minimizing soil compaction.
Brad Stackhouse folded up the planter and put it in transport position to show how it moves on the road via tires, not the tracks. Once unfolded in the field, the tracks go to work.
SOYBEAN PLANTER ON TRACKS
The Stackhouses apply starter fertilizer for soybeans, so the soybean planter also carries considerable weight. This planter, ready for transport, also runs on tracks.