Langbank, Saskatchewan-based equipment manufacturer Seed Hawk debuted a new metering system for its air carts at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last week.
The company hopes to put the plugging problems associated with its iCon seeding system to rest with the release of the Fenix III, a metering unit designed by Seed Hawk’s Swedish parent company, Vaderstad.
“It’s substantially different than the metering system that we’ve had on our carts for the last two years, and addresses pretty much all of the problems that our customers have experienced,” explains Seed Hawk president and CEO Peter Clarke in the video below.
The most significant difference is the much larger size of the motor, which now sits outside the meter housing, reducing issues with contamination. Vaderstad has been using the roughly 40 watt motor for several years on its Tempo planters, he notes. The meter housing itself is also sealed and designed to flow smoothly from inlet to outlet.
2017 Seed Hawk carts will feature the Fenix III, while all customers’ carts with the previous version of the iCon system will be updated, says Clarke.
“We like to stay close to our customers. We know they experienced some problems and we’re in this together, so it’s something we need to help them out with in terms of moving to the next generation.”