No-till Drill Parts & Equipment
SeedVU (Air Drills)
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Venting unit, fits into top of JD distributor head (divider/“pod”/manifold) in place of OEM plastic twist-on lid. (Doesn’t fit older JD head with metal lid, long J-bolt, and wing nut – but those old heads should be upgraded anyway; you’ll find a lot more convenient access & less plugging by getting rid of the J-bolt, and less seed damage & smoother product flow). Not recommended for 50’ & 60’ 1890s.$410.00Diffuser / venting unit, fits all New Holland / Flexi-coil air drills built in the past 15+ years in North America, and most modern CIH air drills. SeedVU® is the only device on the market that will stop excess primary-line backpressure, monitor for primary-line blockages, as well as reducing seed bounce.$260.00
All About SeedVU (Air Drills)
Are you always battling between too much air from your air drill’s fan, or too little? Too much air because you don’t want to plug the drill’s primaries, or too little air because you’re unhappy with the poor seed placement from too much air? SeedVU gives you the peace of mind of running your air drill’s fan where it should be, and not worrying about seed blowing out of the furrow—and all while monitoring for main line blockages. The SeedVU takes unwanted, excess primary-line air pressure and separates it from the seed and fertilizer stream, right where you need it to: the air drill’s distribution head. This allows seed and fertilizer to travel to your seeder’s openers by gravity, or assisted by an adjustable volume of air. It’s up to you!
SeedVU uses its cone-shaped screens to separate seed and fertilizer from the air stream. Now you can run your air cart fan where it should be, and not have excess air velocity at the seed boot causing more seeds to blow out or bounce out of the furrow from too much push by the air stream.
Upgrade Older Deere Drills
Older Deere 50/60/90-series air drills with steel distribution heads can be upgraded to the Smallaire head.
SeedVUs fit into the distribution heads, and can be installed (or uninstalled) in a matter of a couple minutes for the entire drill. Quite unlike air diffusers that go into secondary lines so that there’s one for each opener: An all-day job to install, and a nightmare if they ever gunk up from seed treatments or fertilizer dust. The perforated mesh-type air diffusers in secondaries also have issues with very teeny seeds such as teff, an eastern Mediterranean grain crop related to sand lovegrass. When seeding these crops, diffusers must often be removed, or taped over (duct tape fixes anything, right? 🙂
SeedVU is the only device on the market that will stop excess primary-line backpressure, monitor for primary-line blockages, as well as reducing seed bounce. And, let’s face it, all air diffusers eventually have trouble with fertilizer or seed treatments gunking them up. For diffusers that install into secondary lines, this may cause a lot of down-time unplugging them, and in worst-case scenarios might be an all-day job to clean them up. But with SeedVU, it’s a matter of 2 minutes to remove all of them, put the old caps back on, and keep on seeding during crucial time windows. The same goes for ultra-small seeds (e.g., teff) that are unworkable in screen-type diffusers in the secondaries—rather than deal with 36 – 96 of them, just changing out a few SeedVUs has you on your way again!
Note: If you are replumbing your air drill (replacing primary & secondary hoses), try to situate the distribution heads as high as possible, and eliminate droops or horizontalness in all secondaries—this will let you discharge more air pressure from the SeedVUs, or any other diffuser for that matter.
SeedVU (Air Drills) Videos
Current Product Engineer
Jonathan Zeller joined Exapta excited to return to working with no-till planting equipment. He supported research of no-till planting and other ag related projects for 7 years with Kansas State University’s Agricultural Engineering Department after getting his engineering degree. He later worked 3 years for Landoll Company, LLC. where he gained experience in a design engineering role. Jonathan grew up on a small family farm in NE Kansas working with row crops, hay and cattle. Jonathan enjoys solving engineering problems and improving or creating products to be robust and easy to install and service.