RACINE, Wis. - At seeding, farmers face varying conditions from field to field, soil type to soil type, with weather adding another variable. And they have a lot of ground to cover in a limited time. Case IH and its legacy companies became early innovators in the development of air seeders because they understood the need to accurately place seed in a timely fashion.
Case IH still understands, and industry leadership continues with the introduction of the Case IH ATX700 and ATX400 Series air hoe drills. These two new air hoe drills maximize productivity, delivering accurate seed placement that ensures the best opportunity for fast, uniform germination and emergence regardless of terrain.
"The bottom line is, well placed seed means higher yield and these drills offer exceptional land following capabilities and seed placement accuracy," says Bill Preller, senior director of Case IH North American crop production marketing. "Years of experience in meeting customer requirements have helped these designs to evolve."
Ranging from 27 feet to 70 feet in width, the ATX Series drills offer a wide range of options for producers operating in a wide range of conditions. "These drills set the standard for accuracy, high productivity, reliability and ease of transport," Preller says.
"Both the Case IH ATX700 and ATX400 series air hoe drills have a broad variety of trips, openers and press wheels in different configurations" says Dale Simpson, Case IH commercial marketing manager for seeding products.
A wide array of Stealthä openers for single-shoot, double-shoot, side-band, and paired row let growers place seed and fertilizer exactly where they choose.
Both also offer standard 350-pound trips, along with 550-pound trips, for rugged conditions and double-shoot applications.
ATX700 air hoe drill - size matters
The ATX700 is available in two operating widths -- 60 feet and 70 feet -- for maximum in-field productivity, yet it's easy to transport. With the large tire option, the transport width of the 70-foot drill is 17 feet, 8 inches, and 13.5 feet 6 inches high. "This is about as wide as a tractor, so growers can conveniently and safely transport and store the ATX700," Simpson says.
The foundation for the frame flexibility is the large 12-inch by 12-inch steel tube mainframe. On this, the drill's wings are built to flex and follow, maintaining precise depth for the openers, regardless of terrain. A patented paired two-piece wing allows the front paired ranks to follow the contour of the terrain at a depth set by the front caster wheel assemblies and the rear paired ranks to follow the terrain on which the press wheels run.
Section sizes are a 10-foot center and either 10-foot or 15-foot wings. Each wing is attached to a collective rock shaft with simple, parallel-circuit hydraulics, allowing each wing/press wheel combination to follow the ground without adversely affecting neighboring sections.
The ATX700 offers shank spacings of 7.5, 10 and 12 inches on the 60-foot size, and 10 or 12 inches on the 70-foot drill. Shanks are patterned in a "split row" configuration for a smooth field finish.
"The ATX700 also offers the choice of conventional C-shank or vertical edge-on, with a wide range of opener styles," Simpson notes. Packing options include walking beam pneumatic or gang press wheels in semi-pneumatic or steel. Grower choices include a single-bar heavy harrow or disk leveler to customize soil-closing options.
"The variable packing pressure capability of the ATX700 air hoe drill is one more example of Case IH's commitment to innovation and the needs of farmers," says Simpson. "The wide range of options, choices and configurations on the ATX700 is our response to the variable soil conditions and time pressures that growers face at seeding."
ATX400 air hoe drill
"The ATX400 flexible frame follows field contours to maintain the seeding depth you choose," Simpson says. "It's accurate, repeatable, easy-to-set seed depth in every field."
The flexible frame joints dissipate frame stress for more durability than frames with traditional, solid-welded joints, Simpson points out. The key flex points are protected with high quality chrome pins, non-greasing polylube bushings, polyurethane pads and barrel bolts. Two hydraulic cylinders and single-point depth adjustment provide simple control of seeding depth across the entire machine.
A parallel linkage between the front casters and rear press wheels keeps the frame level and maintains seeding depth in changing conditions. Dual walking caster wheels provide optimum flotation (standard on the center section of larger models, optional on wing sections).
Residue flow is smooth thanks to the four-bar frame that provides ground clearance up to 32 inches. Paired with ample depth between shank rows, this allows for excellent residue flow.
These drills can handle the trash, Simpson says. "Casters carry the frame inside the front, and press wheels carry the rear, so residue is never blocked by wheels inside the frame."
C-shanks can be equipped with a wide range of opener styles. Packing options include gang press wheels in semi-pneumatic or steel.
The ATX400 is offered in a variety of working widths from 27 feet to 52 feet. The four-bar configuration is available in 7.2-, 10- and 12-inch row spacing.
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