Team FIN brothers Jack and Gary Appleby were on a mission at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, KY. The pair of Illinois farmers needed to find a drive-over auger designed for a tractor trailer. Their search landed them in the farm show booth of two other Illinois brothers, Steve and Brent Mast. The Mast brothers were on the same quest a year ago but ended up building their own grain unloading pit for their crop farm near Payson, IL. Now the Masts are selling the grain unloading equipment to other farmers like the Applebys.

Called the Pit Express, the drive-over auger is exactly what the Applebys want. An auger is integrated into the drive-over pit to make it easy to operate and transport. The pit is mechanical and drives off the PTO of one tractor.

The Pit Express is durable and transportable and accommodates any type of grain trailer, wagon and truck. Weighing 2,200 lbs., the pit is lifted hydraulically for transport. The ramps, which are 48 in. long and 30 in. wide, include springs to allow them to be easily lifted. A deck height of only 7½ in. allows for plenty of clearance room over the 43- × 46-in. pit. It is equipped with two 6-in. trough augers.

The Pit Express retails for $6,990. It may be purchased with a 10-in. auger for $12,685. The Masts say they plan to offer more models that will accommodate other auger sizes.

“As more hopper trailers are being used by farmers, they need something that is easy to transport and use for unloading,” Steve says. They've applied for a patent on the device.

For more information, write to Mast Productions, Dept. FIN, 7208 Hwy. 96 S., Payson, IL 62360, call Steve Mast at 217/656-4334, visit www.pitexpress.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/info.

Gandy seed transfer system

The Gandy Company is offering two new smaller-capacity models of its pressurized seed transfer systems. The new hopper sizes are 24 and 40 bu. Other hopper sizes available are 64, 80, 96 and 120 bu. The Gandy system delivers seed from bulk tank to individual row hoppers to reduce fill time during planting. The seed transfer system is offered in both tow-behind and implement-mounted models.

Prices for the systems range from $7,000 to $13,500. Contact Gandy Co., Dept. FIN, 528 Gandrud Rd., Owatonna, MN 55060-0528, 800/443-2476, visit www.gandy.net or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Yetter planter, scraper, cart

The new Yetter 71 series planter unit is designed for low-cost, accurate planting. The unit features easy depth control adjustments and the ability to set seed population. Seed plates are available for a wide variety of seed. The 71 series planters include parallel linkages that allow the units to flex over ground contours while maintaining uniform planting depth. Adjustable down pressure springs take the bounce out of the row units and allow the addition of up to 80 lbs. of spring pressure in addition to the 115-lb. weight of the unit. The seed hopper holds 1.3 bu. Price: $577.

New Tuffwear planter scrapers include a carbide insert that is pressed into a corrosion-resistant stainless steel mounting bracket. The carbide insert makes contact with the disc opener blade to prevent soil buildup. Tungsten Carbide Manufacturer reports that tungsten carbide wears up to 100 times longer than steel. The Tuffwear scrapers along with mounting attachment arms are available for 7000 and 7100 John Deere and Kinze planters. Price: $27.50.

The new 2000 series All Steer high-capacity cart features a unique tire-tracking system in which the rear tires track the front tires all the time to result in less compaction or downed crops. The new cart is a multiuse tool for many applications such as starter fertilizer, preplant fertilizer, side-dressing herbicides and insecticides. Tank capacities go up to 1,600 gal. Price: $9,677.

Contact Yetter Mfg. Co., Dept. FIN, Box 358, Colchester, IL 62326-0358, 800/447-5777, or visit www.yetterco.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Great Plains planter, drill

With the Yield-Pro planter from Great Plains, you can simply load a bulk seed box container on the back of the planter and start planting. The bulk boxes hold 2,500 lbs., or about 42 bu., of seed. Growers without bulk seed boxes may attach a poly bulk tank that holds 85 bu. of seed. An optional 400-gal. starter fertilizer system may be added to the planter. The bulk seed system uses an air manifold to deliver seed to the mini row unit hoppers. On the row unit, precision finger-pickup meters or Singulator-Plus Meters singulate the seed into the planter seed tubes. Several row spacings are available for the Yield-Pro Planter, including 30-in., 10-in. and twin-row 30-in. spacing. Prices for the planters with bulk fill range from $70,000 to $120,000.

Great Plains also introduces a compact no-till drill in 7- and 10-ft. models that will plant three different seeds at different rates at the same time. The drill features large end wheels that are located in line with openers to reduce side loading on hills and contours while extending the life of the openers. Prices range from $15,000 to $28,000.

Contact Great Plains Mfg., Dept. FIN, 1525 E. North St., Salina, KS 67401, 785/823-3276, or visit www.greatplainsmfg.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Kinze planter

The Williamsburg, IA, manufacturer offers new integral row-crop planters designed with spring-loaded contact drive systems and self-contained seed rate transmissions. The Kinze 3110 planter is available in rigid sizes from four-row N (30 in.) to eight-row W (36 to 40 in.). This model features bolt-on, height-adjustable wheel modules with spring-loaded contact drive wheels, which eliminate ground drive chains and help reduce residue, rock and mud buildup problems. Seed rates are quickly changed with the self-contained seed rate transmissions. The 3110 model is robotically welded and designed for long life.

The base model starts at $7,375. Optional row marker packages and row unit attachments are available. Contact Kinze Mfg., Dept. FIN, Box 806, Williamsburg, IA 52361-0806, 319/668-1300, visit www.kinzemfg.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.

Large-acreage farmers who tend to wear out planter parts may want to try John Deere's new planter upgrade kits. The new parts promise increased life and improved planting accuracy.

John Deere planter kits

Seed boots. The John Deere 90 series one-piece seed boot has a smoother design for more accurate seed placement. Reduced ridges also help to minimize seed damage.

The internal cavity on the boot is longer and narrower, reducing seed bounce and improving seed placement. Improved spring pressure holds the seed boot to the blade, reducing possible trash buildup. The John Deere 90 series seed boot openers also can be used to upgrade any 60 series planter. Price: $31.25.

John Deere also has chrome alloy extended-wear seed boots for drills and air seeders. These are available for the 1690 Soybean Special, 1890 and 1895 no-till air drills, 1690 CCS and 1890 CCS air drills, 1860 air drills, and 1560 and 1590 drills. Price: $84.

Finger pickup meter. A new pickup meter assembly improves singulation and population control. It can handle a wide variety of seed sizes and shapes and is more accurate than older styles of finger-pickup meters. Price: $26.75.

For more information about John Deere reconditioning options, contact your local John Deere dealer or Deere & Company, Dept. FIN, One John Deere Place, Moline, IL 61265, 309/765-4714, visit www.deere.com or www.freeproductinfo.net/fin.