Kinze is launching two planter models for 2024 that will feature the company’s new 5000 Series row units.
Growers had their first opportunity to inspect the new row units last month at the National Farm Machinery Show at Louisville, Kentucky. The company is touting the units as a means to enhance planting precision, boost productivity and reduce daily maintenance time.
In this interview, Eric Broadbent, Kinze’s vice president of North American sales, tells RealAgriculture’s Bernard Tobin that the row units are essentially the next step in the company’s commitment to have its planters run longer and stronger.
The row unit is fully redesigned for planting at any speed up to 12 mph and will be available on Kinze’s 5900 and 5700 planter models, both equipped with the manufacturers’ Blue Vantage display and powered by the Blue Drive electric drive.
Key features include greaseless gauge wheel arms, scraper-equipped shim-less adjustable spoke gauge wheels, maintenance-free double bushing parallel arms, and a long-life outside disc opener scraper. The 5000 Series row unit is also available with residue control, closing wheel, fertilizer and seed handling options.
Get a close-up look at the 5000 Series row with Kinze’s Eric Broadbent. Story continues after the video.
Broadbent notes that the unit’s front-end design allows for the use of multiple residue options, including coulters, manual row cleaners and Yetter air-adjustable row cleaners. There are also quick lockup-closing wheels for testing depth and seed placement.
The new planters will replace Kinze’s current 4905 and 4705 models with the same configurations. The 5900 will be available in 24-, 16- and 12-row, 30-inch configurations. The 5700 will be offered in 36-row, 20-inch and 24-row, 30-inch versions, as well as a 24-row, 20-inch narrow row planter.
Broadbent adds that beyond the new row unit, its 5700 24R20 planter will also feature a new 40-foot, three-section frame configuration.
Kinze says growers will be able to order the new planters beginning in April for the 2024 planting season.
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