I'm Josh with Skid Pro. Today, we're going to take a look at our seeder.
Overview: This versatile, easy-to-use attachment is an incredibly effective tool for a multitude of seeding projects, including erosion control, road right-of-ways, lawn and landscape, food plots, and even small farm parcels tucked back in hard-to-reach areas. Let's dig into the details of this simple yet proven design and how it can provide a quick payback on your seeding projects.
Why a Seeder: First, let's start with the "why." A seeder will give you better efficiency and quality of the end product when compared to simple broadcasting. It maintains proper spacing and plants at a precise and consistent depth. This, in turn, ensures better seed-to-soil moisture contact, resulting in better germination and a better stand. That means less replanting, saving you time and money, and ultimately, happier customers.
Design & Build: We can do up to two-plus acres per hour of productivity with this unit; it is incredibly efficient. Let's take a look now at the design and build. First off, we always start with weight. Steel is steel, and this unit is built heavy, tipping the scales at just over 1250 pounds of operating weight. This robust durability also enhances performance, especially when it comes to consistent ground contact.
Main Frame: Let's take a look at the main frame; that's where it all starts. We use three by three-inch thick-walled square tubing all the way around, supporting the hopper and running down to the rollers. This provides longevity and added structural rigidity. Additionally, we have fork slots for easy loading, storing, and traveling with the seeder.
Ground Drive: The ground drive is a proven, reliable, and simple design that has worked for years and continues to be relied on. Ground drive is especially convenient in skid loaders or compact tractors where maintaining consistent and accurate travel speeds can be challenging. It meters seed plus or minus as you change ground speed, eliminating the need to maintain a perfect speed and ensuring a consistent end product.
Agitator: The ground drive is linked to the rear rollers, which are also linked to both the agitator and the seed metering system. A four-blade agitator ensures a smooth and consistent seed flow, and it's linked to the dual-slot roller seed metering system, which provides incredible consistency and accuracy.
Roller Chain: Heavy-duty roller chain is durable and easy to maintain, and a shroud cover provides added visibility and operator safety. It's imperative to only operate this with the shroud in place.
Casters: The front and rear casters are equipped with extra-large nine-inch diameter caster reels with a serrated slicer edge in the center. These casters are offset front to back, and they prepare the seedbed, press down stones, and cut a slot for the seed.
Rear Rollers: The rear rollers split the shallow ridge made by the front roller and gently press the soil around the dropped seed, ensuring optimal seed-to-soil moisture contact, which is critical for germination and a uniform stand.
Walking Tandem Axle: The walking tandem axle maintains constant pressure on the ground, ensuring an accurate drive train to the seed metering system. It's a two-and-a-half by two-and-a-half I-beam construction with hardened two-inch axles on both rollers.
Gate Control: One of the most important features on the seeder is adjustable gate control, which can be quickly and easily adjusted without the need for tools. A quick start calibration is located on the hood of the hopper, and there's an easy-view gauge on the side for precise adjustment.
Hopper: The hopper has an extra-large 4-bushel capacity, which can hold various seed quantities depending on the type of seed you're using. This allows for several acres of seeding without refilling, enhancing the efficiency and productivity of this unit. Rubber vibration dampeners and a convenient strap keep the lid closed and dust out of the hopper.
Depth Control: Depth control varies depending on whether you're using this attachment with a skid loader or a tractor. For a skid loader, increase the loader arm pressure and tilt forward for deeper penetration into the soil. For a tractor, increase the top link pressure for more down pressure and depth on the front rollers.
Attachments: This unit is unique in that it can be attached to a skid loader with the universal skid loader plate or to a tractor's three-point hitch, either category one or category two up front. Whether you're working on a large right-of-way project or a small food plot, the seeder is the perfect tool for the job.
Contact Info: To learn more about this or any of our other attachments, visit us online at www.skidpro.com or give a product guru a call at 877-378-4642.
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