If you are looking for a simple design combined with precision and accuracy in a planter, the new Maschio Chrono 924 may be what you are looking for.
The accuracy the company boasts has to do with a vacuum that singulates the seed, with an air compressor for adjustable airflow.
Alessandro Cazzin, of Maschio Gaspardo, says they deliver the seed into the furrow at just the speed they want it, with no extra components, motors, or brushes.
One of the target markets currently for the planter is with canola planting, where they’ve seen significant success.
“We have the system where we can adjust the vacuum for the canola seed, as well as adjust the airflow down to a minimum pressure to have a perfect delivery. And when the seed gets into the furrow, it gets touched by a soft rubber wheel that firms the seed very gently into the furrow, improving the seed to soil contact,” he explains.
The 40-foot configuration folds into a transport of 12 feet, making road travel easier. The centralized seed hopper is 100 bushels, which as Cazzin explains, makes for easy filling and minimum downtime.
Check out the full conversation between Cazzin and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, filmed at Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa: