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Precise Planting with Electric vDrive

03/14/2013 @ 1:58pm

Precision Planting introduces the vDrive, a new electric drive system for use with 20/20 SeedSense and vSet meters.

“This brings single-row control and much more precise population control to the vSet meter,” says Jason Stoller, with Precision Planting. “Regardless of curves, ground speed, or prescription zone, it drives each vSet meter to plant precisely to the prescribed population.”

With the vDrive system, you don’t need clutches, hydraulic motors, chains, or cables. The system uses a 12-volt electric motor that controls each row individually and eliminates the maintenance that chains and cables require.

Simple row shutoffs help you plant precisely on the headlands. From the new population algorithm, you’ll be able to get high-definition population reporting. From the row-by-row target population control, you’ll have the ability to plant male and female seed plants in the same pass without modifying seed disks.

SeedSense draws on GPS, radar, and gyro inputs to accurately calculate each row’s velocity. The vDrive Module in the dust and moisture sealed motor assembly includes an encoder and closed loop control to maintain accurate population for each row.

Installation is simple – the vDrive system screws easily onto the vSet meter. Power is delivered from the tractor battery or optional alternator through a single harness that delivers power to the row. vDrive will require about 1.25A per row or 2.75A per row if paired with DeltaForce.

The new system will initially be available for John Deere, Kinze, and select CNH planters in 2014.

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