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Kinze Unveils New 4900 Series Planter

Kinze Unveils New 4900 Series Planter

Orders will be taken in May 2013 for use during the 2014 planting season.

Precision and productivity are the key words when it comes to the new 4900 planter series introduced last week by Kinze Manufacturing, Williamsburg, Iowa.

The new planter is the result of extensive market research by Kinze and a desire on the part of the company to "own" 35% of the planter market, according to Luc Van Herle, global sales manager. "To do that, we have to be market-driven and have to have continuous market research. We have to offer what the customer wants."

Kinze conducted a market study about a year ago and then brought farmers who own competitive planters to Williamsburg for a focus group.

Orders for Kinze's new planter will be taken in May 2013 for use during the 2014 planting season.

The research and focus group produced a checklist of what farmers want in a planter – 30-inch row spacing, bulk fill, large capacity, easy cleanout, hydraulic weight transfer and front fold.

"We designed a new, front folding tool bar, engineered a state of the art vacuum meter with optional electric drive and created a cast iron row unit with more vertical travel," says Rhett Schildroth, Kinze product manager.

The patent-pending seed meter offers 99%+ accuracy at speeds from 2 to 8 mph, according to Schildroth. The meter is available with contact drive, hydraulic drive, and – new with the 4900 planter – electric drive (also patent pending). Rugged, high torque 24V motors allow for precise seed rate control by row. "This means farmers will get consistent seed spacing from the inside row to the outside row – even on tight radius turns and contours. Electric drive means there are no chains, clutches, gearboxes or shafts to maintain." Schildroth notes the meter has been under design for several years.

Iowa Leiutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, second from left, helped members of the Kinzenbaw family cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the Kinze Innovation Center. From left, Marcia Kinzenbaw, Reynolds, Jon Kinzenbaw and Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer.

The new vacuum meter includes a new seed pool shape, seed channel shape, and seed hole design. The new seed singulator is designed so only one seed per hole and the design changes when the seed is dropped. "It's a perfect 3 o'clock drop," says Schildroth. "It drops in the center of the tube and at a lower velocity at release which means accurate planting at speeds up to 8 mph."

A ground temperature sensor is available for each row unit.

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Smooth, clean lines
Kinze also "cleaned up" the planter's appearance by using the toolbar to transfer air, eliminating lots of hoses. In addition, a race way conceals electrical wiring.

The new planter frame has 42 degrees of wing flex (21 degrees up, 21 degrees down) to provide proper seed placement on uneven terrain. With the new bulk fill tank design, the 16- and 24-row planters offer 120-bushel capacity while the 12-row offers 90-bushel capacity. Further, the planter frame incorporates hydraulic weight transfer, a Kinze-exclusive feature, according to Van Herle. This minimizes potential compaction and ensures that the row units provide a consistent seed depth while moving across the field, even on the roughest terrain.

Bulk tanks offer capacity of up to 120 bushels of seed and 500 gallons of liquid fertilizer. "We gave the shape of the bulk tanks a steeper slope so seed flows better and are easier to clean out," notes Herle.

Kinze engineers incorporated an industry exclusive flip-axle option (patent pending) for the 24-row planter to significantly reduce hitch weight and make it easy to move in and out of fields. The flip axle hydraulically swings forward for transport, reducing the hitch to axle distance by nearly 5 feet for a tighter turning radius and reduced hitch weight. The toolbar has been raised to 24 inches from the ground to provide higher in-field clearance and to improve residue flow.

The brand new row unit has a rugged cast iron design, providing the necessary stiffness for perfect seed placement. In addition, row unit vertical travel has been increased to 12," keeping all row units in the ground on steep slopes and terraces.

The 4900 series planter will be available in 12, 16, or 24 rows, and can be used for corn, soybeans, sugar beets, sunflowers and milo when planted on 30" rows. 

Farmers can select from a variety of technology and accessory options. Additionally, all 4900 models feature ISOBUS compatible electronics.

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Kinze Innovation Center opening soon
Located at the Kinze world headquarters near Williamsburg, Iowa, the Kinze Innovation Center houses all of the major agricultural inventions by Kinze founder and president, Jon Kinzenbaw, as well as those made by Kinze engineers.

Visitors can see the exact size of Kinzenbaw's first workshop in Ladora, Iowa, as well as explore Kinze tillage equipment from the early years, row crop planters and grain carts on several hands-on, interactive displays.

There also is an area where visitors can design their own Kinze planter and grain cart and see how Kinze Autonomy, the world's first large-scale, truly autonomous row-crop solution, works.

Jon Kinzenbaw started Kinze Manufacturing in 1965 with a small bank loan and a gifted ability to fix and design machinery. Invention by invention, Kinzenbaw's small welding business grew into a major agricultural equipment manufacturer.  

"Kinze has invented so many industry firsts in agriculture; we are excited to share this rich history with the public and continue the tradition of innovation my father began years ago," says Susanne Kinzenbaw Veatch, vice president and chief marketing officer, Kinze Manufacturing.

The Kinze Innovation Center will be open to the public in February.

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