Case Op­tum CVT trac­tors Seed Hawk Fenix III me­ter­ing

Seed Hawk re­leases new Fenix III me­ter­ing sys­tem for Aus­tralian mar­ket

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Pre­ci­sion seed­ing man­u­fac­turer Seed Hawk has cre­ated a new me­ter­ing sys­tem it says will al­low its air seed­ers to dis­trib­ute up to 500kg per hectare of seed and fer­tiliser at speeds of 15km/h.

Väder­stad, a fam­ily-owned Swedish farm machin­ery man­u­fac­turer, ac­quired Seed Hawk in 2013. The com­pany as­sessed the Fenix III in its re­search and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­ity in Swe­den be­fore it un­der­went out-of-sea­son field test­ing in Canada and Aus­tralia.

Claas Har­vest Cen­tre prod­uct man­ager Marc Nes­bit de­scribes the Fenix III as the ‘Mercedes Benz’ of me­ter­ing sys­tems.

“This is most ad­vanced seed me­ter­ing tech­nol­ogy yet de­vel­oped by Väder­stad, which is recog­nised as a world leader in pre­ci­sion seed­ing,” he says.

More than 4000ha of field test­ing – de­signed to repli­cate ex­treme op­er­at­ing con­di­tions – has been com­pleted in the past three months alone.

“The mo­tor, rollers, hous­ing, in­lets and out­lets work to­gether seam­lessly to pro­vide pre­cise, con­sis­tent and re­li­able me­ter­ing un­der all con­di­tions,” Nes­bit says.

“The me­ter­ing cham­ber fea­tures stain­less steel plate lin­ing to with­stand abra­sive fer­tilis­ers, while the cen­tral shaft is mounted on sealed stain­less steel bear­ings.

“The me­ter­ing roller it­self is made of polyurethane, which pre­vents dam­age to the mo­tor if a for­eign ob­ject be­comes stuck in the me­ter­ing sys­tem.”

The me­ters are driven by 40-watt mo­tors fit­ted to a 64:1 re­duc­tion gear­box, which Claas says al­lows the Fenix III to run at a low rpm and seed at a wide range of rates.

Five rollers are avail­able to suit a va­ri­ety of needs from seed to fer­tiliser, in­oc­u­lants, mi­cronu­tri­ents and other crop in­puts.

“The rollers do not fill from across the en­tire width of the in­let at the same time,” Nes­bit says, “in­stead they fill from one side of the roller to the other, pre­vent­ing jam­ming.

“The mo­tors and rollers can be re­moved quickly and eas­ily for clean­ing or to re­place the rollers. Each roller can only be in­stalled in one di­rec­tion to avoid any mis­takes.”

Seed Hawk’s iCon carts – the in­tended pair­ing for the new Fenix III sys­tem – were launched by Claas in Aus­tralia last year, and fea­ture up to eight in­de­pen­dent elec­tronic me­ter­ing sys­tems, in­di­vid­ual load cells in each tank and an iPad-based Wi-Fi con­trol sys­tem.

Nes­bit says the Fenix III will al­low the iCon carts to per­form at their max­i­mum ca­pa­bil­ity.

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