Duraquip introduces a new Seed Storm seeding bar

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Aussie manufacturing company Duraquip has launched into the agricultural implement market with its new Seed Storm seeding bar.

Duraquip director Garry Richardson says there is a growing market for 80ft seeding bars and think the Seed Storm could be the solution.
Duraquip director Garry Richardson says there is a growing market for 80ft seeding bars and think the Seed Storm could be the solution

Known for its range of truck trailers and tankers, Aussie manufacturing company Duraquip has launched into the agricultural implement market with its new Seed Storm seeding bar.

After 10 months of rigorous field testing, the Aussie-made Seed Storm is set to make its public debut this Thursday at a demonstration day held in Duraquip’s native Gnowangerup in Western Australia.

Duraquip director Garry Richardson says there is a growing market for 80ft seeding bars and think the Seed Storm could be the solution.

"The 80ft seeding bar market is growing, there are farmers out there who want to get more done, and we now have tractors that can pull these machines," he says. "Farmers are chasing efficiency. Times and seasons are changing, to the point that what was once considered a good start date for seeding has now become a finish date.

"We wanted to build a bar that would perform well in whatever conditions it had to work in and get a lot of crop in fast," Richardson adds.

Features of the Seed Storm include a transport width up to 7.5 metres, flexible frame connections, 35 (10.6) to 80-foot (24.3m) bar options and 10 to 12-inch spacing options (25.4cm – 30cm). It also includes a retractable tine system, a single-lift cylinder controlling the whole frame as well as an optional patent-pending castor lock system to assist with bar tracking.

"We needed every box ticked and we are doing it with this bar," Richardson says. "This has been 10 months of development, with two machines in the field, an 80ft and a 60ft, each covering approx. 4,000 hectares with minimal issues."

"One thing we want to eliminate is uneven depth control," Richardson adds. "So, we developed a single-cylinder hydraulic lift system which mechanically maintains the frame level 100 per cent of the time.

Duraquip introduces new Seed Storm seeding bar
Duraquip introduces a new Seed Storm seeding bar

"The Seed Storm has a strong frame but we made it flexible enough so it would avoid cracking, it also has a floating drawbar for contour following ability and excellent fore and aft frame stability. It rides where you set it, doesn’t twist into the ground, and doesn’t skate along the top either, even in exceptionally hard digging conditions," he adds.

The flagship 80ft Seed Storm features 20 large diameter, high flotation wheels as well as Rim patterns and wheel bearings that are uniform across the machine.

Duraquip says trash flow is maximised thanks to the Seed Storms wheels which all sit clear above the seeding area and are situated Infront and behind the tine ranks.

In regards to maintenance, the Seed Storm incorporates ‘long-lasting’ Gar-Max bushels throughout the implement which Duraquip says makes it virtually greaseless.

Duraquip’s development of its retracting hydraulic tine system and mainframe lift makes for a manageable 7.5m transport width and road clearance on an 80ft bar. Duraquip says this "makes for a lot of room to change points – you’re not crawling through a jungle of tines only just off the ground".  

Australian-made Seed Storm will receive a limited production run for 2021 before moving into full-scale production the following year and will be available through its exclusive dealer, McIntosh & Son.

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