Renowned Australian ag equipment manufacturer, Gason has taken the wraps off a new generation Scari-Maxx assembly seeder at the Wimmera Field Days this week.
The result of a collaboration between Gason and hydraulic systems specialists, Hydac, the 18 metre Scari-Maxx 100 features unique electric-over-hydraulic system allowing the operator to control functions from the tractor seat.
The machine’s frame functions including height and wing fold are now controlled through just one set of tractor remote hydraulic valves - as most planters usually require two sets of remotes, this frees up a set for alternative use.
The system comprises a hydraulic manifold valve block, an electrical control system and joy stick operation.
The joystick, which can be strategically mounted in a tractor cab, has multiple functions with height control operation available in both one-touch auto-mode or manual control to give operators complete flexibility at headlands or mid-run.
The wing fold operation runs through a sequence of events to effectively compress the seeder structure into a tight transport envelope.
A purpose-built mount frame to accommodate the optional ProTrakker auto-tracking hydraulic hitch on the rear of the front tow seeder trailer, has been included in the package.
Gason says this provides the ultimate in self-tracking to ensure the planter remains in-line, regardless of variations in soil profiles, previous tillage history and wheel traffic ruts.
The company says this should dramatically improve the planter’s performance in inter-row seeding.
Precision seed placement with the Para-Maxx system is also achieved through the parallelogram and drum coulter design.
High trash flow and rigid coulters generate low draft requirements translating to lower fuel consumption and power demand.
The system also provides excellent stability, allows the machine to track more accurately and prevent sideways floating.
Combined with the upcoming three bin, variable rate, 2170 model air cart, the Para-Maxx 100 is the largest seeder to come from Gason to date.
“This new planting system is ready for business,” Gason said.