No-till Drill Parts & Equipment
Aricks Row Cleaners
For JD 60/90-series no-till drills. (Right-hand unit.) Installation requires either welding on a tab (that holds the lift cable) to the frame above each row, or drilling and tapping a hole to fasten it (we have high-quality taps for sale, and will soon have a video showing how to do this.) Box drills require extra support tubes (for the lifting cable) to be installed ahead of rockshafts. 50-series requires different version (see). Not suitable for corn stalks–must be locked up. Note: Exapta doesn't stock but a few of these for demos; it takes 12 – 24 wks to get orders from Australia and shipped back out to North American customers.For John Deere 50-series no-till drills. (Left-hand unit.) Installation requires either welding on a tab (that holds the lift cable) to the frame above each row, or drilling and tapping a hole to fasten it (we have high-quality taps for sale, and will soon have a video showing how to do this.) Box drills require extra support tubes (for the lifting cable) to be installed ahead of rockshafts. Not suitable for corn stalks–must be locked up. Note: Exapta doesn't stock but a few of these for demos; it takes 12 – 24 wks to get orders from Australia and shipped back out to North American customers.
All About Aricks Row Cleaners
We’re pleased to offer another top-notch product from Aricks of Australia, where ruggedness is taken to an extreme (check out our Aricks bushing kits for these drills – wonderful product). These row cleaners have a proven, 10-year track record in Australia, and we’re proud to be the exclusive distributor in North America.
While sharper opener blades and waiting for the mulch to dry each morning can take you a long way in preventing hairpinning (as can our UniForce hydraulic downforce system), a row cleaner helps you out if the mulch is simply too thick to cut, or waiting for it to dry isn’t practical. Also, in very cold climates, a bit of soil warming from clearing some mulch out of the row can be beneficial.
Aricks row cleaners are also a big advantage when seeding very shallow, such as alfalfa or canola, where it’s difficult to make the opener blades cut the residue (18-inch blades cut best when seeding 2.5 – 3″ deep). Not suitable for use in corn stalks — they must be locked up. They do handle hemp, field pea, soybean, faba bean and flax residue without much issue, as well as stripper-harvested cereals.
A jacker bolt allows control of the max down-stroke. When not needed, the cleaner is easily pinned up.
Exapta has a small quantity in stock, but otherwise it takes 12-16 wks to get these from Australia and shipped back out to North American customers.
Note: Box drills require installation of a bar ahead of each rockshaft (call us for price and shipping cost; or prints available to build your own)
Made to Last from These Quality Materials
10mm Bisalloy Steel Plate toothed wheel Cast steel body and arm 32mm high-tensile chrome pivot pin 5mm stainless steel lifting cable
Heavy-duty hub: fully sealed, maintenance-free bearing No greasing of pivot pin
Robust Hubs & Bearings
Aricks row cleaners feature extremely robust hubs and bearings. This is the same bearing that’s in the opener blade hub of the 60/90-series. These can take a beating and remain trouble-free for many years and tens of thousands of acres.
One Aricks wheel was used: see center row for obvious improved germination.
Left side is without Aricks row cleaners. Right side with with Aricks row cleaner wheels.
Same field, adjacent passes: With a full set of Aricks wheels in use in RH pic, and without aricks wheels in LH (above). You can see the same landmarks in both photos.
Two rows in center of photo were cleared with the Aricks row cleaner.
One Aricks residue manager in use (outside row of rear rank).
Perfect clearing through an incredible layer of thatch, but no soil is disturbed. Note: This was an early version — the mounting & arm are now heavy-duty castings and the bearing has been upsized — extremely robust. These have been on the market for 10 years in Australia!
Aricks Row Cleaners Videos
Chris Horton brings 25 years of management with him. He grew up on his grandparents farm in Reno County Kansas where they mainly grew wheat and cattle feed. He worked on feed lots as a pen rider and cow-calf operations before moving to Southern California where Chris started a new career in the transportation and transport logistics, eventually managing the western region for a large commercial vehicle leasing company. Chris moved home to Kansas, to manage a local Farmers Coop and then eventually the service dept for a tractor dealership. The opportunity to join the Exapta team came up, and he knew he wanted to be a part of this team.
Sales & Service Representative
Prior to joining Exapta, Bob Pagel was an Agricultural Territory Sales Manager for Ritchie Brothers, serving parts of MN, WI and IA. He continues to support his family farm in SE Minnesota
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.