Great Plains Introduces All-New Planter Line
SALINA, KS – Great Plains’ new planter series hits the Agritechnica stage in 2019. The PL planter line features an all-new 5000 Series Row Unit including new Air-Pro® Meter, electric drive, shorter closing wheels, customizable row units, and 15" (38cm) opener blades with ½" (13mm) leading edge. In Hall 5 Stand B37, the PL5000 Series Planters will be represented by the 8-row PL5500 and 12-meter PL5800.
All PL Series Planters provide excellent singulation and accuracy using a positive-air system that “dead drops” seed into the patented Clear-Shot® Seed Tube to achieve uniform spacing. This process differs from competitive vacuum meters that encounter an “early” and “late” release, resulting in inconsistent and uneven seed spacing. The Air-Pro Meter is designed to handle a wide variety of crops, including corn, soybeans, peanuts, sunflowers, cotton, and even smaller seeds, such as milo and canola.
The 5000 Series Air-Pro Meter is a simple, positive air pressure meter re-engineered to provide industry-leading singulation for a wide variety of crops. The new meter includes a 66% larger seed pool and a 92% larger seed inlet opening so the meter stays full at higher speeds. The redesigned seed pool door has a wider range of travel to ensure that the cells in the meter wheel are adequately fed, skips are prevented, and large seed varieties are handled as successfully as small seeds.
Optional Individual Row Control (IRC Electric Drive) reduces maintenance by eliminating all chains and shafts, while the individual meter control saves seed through on-demand variable rate and row-by-row section control. IRC ensures equal seed spacing to maximize field potential, even when navigating curves and contours.
Shorter closing wheel mounts on select row spacings achieve appropriate seed-to-soil contact and enhanced closing accuracy around curves, contours, and difficult field conditions. Combined with the newly-designed meter, the new row unit provides excellent singulation and seed placement for a variety of crops.
Customizable row units offer a choice of seed firmers, row cleaners, coulters, fertilizer tubes, and other options so producers can customize their row units specifically for their individual conditions.
The 5000 Series Row Unit has 15" (38cm) opener blades offset ½" (13mm) to effectively handle residue and rugged soil conditions. The offset allows one blade to cut ahead of the other for single-edge cutting action. This alignment is more effective in hard ground and high-residue conditions than blades that are aligned side by side.
The PL5500 is an 8-row planter that transports under 10' (3m) wide and easily fits in tight spaces. With its simple, wing-fold design, the PL5500 is perfect for farmers who need a planter that is compact during transport. Besides a slim transport width, it only requires a 115-drawbar horsepower tractor (minimum), making it an ideal partner for a wide range of tractors.
For farmers who want to apply fertilizer, coulters and dribblers are available to place fertilizer in furrow or two inches from the row. Liquid fertilizer tanks are available with a capacity of 1,136 liters or dry tanks of 1,500 liters. These American-made planters place seeds in 30", 70cm or 75cm rows and are offered with a choice of 1.6-bushel (56 L) or 3-bushel (106 L) hoppers with shock-assisted lids.
The PL5800 is a planter designed with operator experience and profitability in mind. The PL5800 provides farmers with precise planting and excellent seed-to-soil contact for uniform emergence.
“Our new PL5800 planter has a positive air flow meter, instead of a vacuum, which requires a lot less torque, meaning significantly less maintenance for the farmer,” says Rye DeGarmo, Vice President of Engineering with Great Plains. “When the PL5800 is set properly, it will place every seed with industry-leading accuracy.”
The PL5800 is a simple planter that is efficient to operate, with single row spacing configurations of 15", 20", 30", 36", 35cm, 70cm and twin-row configurations of 30", 36" and 70cm. This reliable and economical planter is front-folding with lift tires that run between rows on most row spacings. Producers can apply liquid fertilizer as they plant, and choose from multiple row cleaners and/or coulters as options.
The PL5800 uses a new WSMT3 Control System that simplifies operator interfaces. An optional, ISO-compatible Topcon X35 monitor offers enhanced diagnostic capabilities to allow troubleshooting when it’s most needed. “The PL5800 has an upgraded monitor that is more intuitive with fewer buttons to press during the process,” says DeGarmo. “We’ve also reduced the number of menus to start planting, and decreased the depth of those menus. We’re excited to hear customer feedback as they use these new monitors.”
Several other key improvements have been made to the PL5800, including an easy-to-use two-point hitch for fast hook up and improved ability to follow terrain. Another upgrade is airflow to the meter, making seed placement even more reliable. In addition, the PL5800 has hoses that route air inside the frame, giving the planter a clean, sleek look.
“Farmers can also opt to add an electric drive, which will provide equal seed spacing, even on curves, to maximize field potential,” says DeGarmo. “Another unique feature that really separates the PL5800 from other planters is the patented wing gauge wheels. Having those tires on the ground helps with stability going down the road and takes a lot of weight off the tongue of the planter, making the whole system transport more efficiently.”
An all-new seed delivery system offers reliable filling of meters with a variety of difficult-to-handle seeds. The innovative dual-fan air system—with one fan sending seed to the row-unit hopper and the other pressurizing the singulating meter—provides superior control and accuracy.
About Great Plains
Founded in 1976, Great Plains Manufacturing employs over 1,400 people worldwide. It encompasses five divisions: Great Plains Ag, which manufactures seedbed preparation, nutrient application, and seed placement equipment, and other farm implements; Land Pride, which manufactures grounds maintenance tools such as mowers, rototillers, rotary cutters, and dirt-working equipment; Great Plains International, which sells the company’s products worldwide; Great Plains Trucking, which operates a nationwide fleet of flatbed trucks; and Great Plains Acceptance Corporation, which finances the company’s products. Now a Kubota company, Great Plains Mfg., Inc., is headquartered in Salina, Kansas, USA.
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