Unique parallelogram planter in running for prestigious award

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Tobin No till Tornado planter lo res Tobin No-Till claims its Tornado planter is the only parallelogram planter capable of depth adjustment from the tractor cab. Tobin No till Tornado planter lo res

A one-of-a-kind no-till planter, claimed to be the only parallelogram unit capable of depth adjustment from the tractor cab is one of 13 machines entered into the 2015 Henty Machine of the Year award.

The Tornado planter, introduced to the market late last year is manufactured by New South Wales based no-till seeding technology expert Tobin No-Till.

According to Tobin No-Till co-principal Noel Tobin, the secret of the machine is a secondary parallelogram (depth parallelogram) piggy backing on the main one which is connected to the gauge wheel.

"When activated, it raises or lowers the gauge wheel relative to the disc to change the planting depth," he says.

"This on-the-go adjustment can be useful when planting through hard and soft conditions in the same paddock."

Tobin adds the depth parallelograms are linked from the front to the rear of the planter via a connecting rod, and from the centre frame to the wings using phasing cylinders.

"The depth parallelograms are connected laterally via transverse beam which are in a straight line regardless of the rise and fall of the contours."

The Tornado features the proven disc openers used for many years on the company’s other signature offering, the Bullet disc planter.

The opener is attached to the main parallelogram and uses a downforce cylinder to follow the contours of the ground. The downforce cylinder is controlled by accumulators and is also adjustable from the tractor cab.

Tobin says the Tornado planter is available in spacings from 150mm upwards and in widths of up to 24m and can be fitted with nitrogen banding discs.

"The parallelogram pivot pins are 20cm long giving them good lateral stability and long life bushes, the downfall of many parallelogram type planters," he says.

"The disc, gauge wheels and press wheels all have the same bearing and carry a three year warranty."

Other features of the Tornado planter include manganese steel discs, pneumatic gauge wheel, solid rubber press wheel, tungsten scrapers and variable press wheel pressure.

Tobin No-Till will be displaying a six-row Tornado unit at the Henty Machinery Field Days, to be held in Henty, New South Wales from September 22 to 24.

Henty to continue focus on agricultural machinery  

The winner of the Machine of the Year award will be announced at the offiial opening of the field days at 11am on Tuesday September 22.

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