SeedVU Air Drill Venting Unit
- Better seed placement—reduces seeds blowing / bouncing out of furrow
- Installs in just a couple minutes for the entire drill (fits into distribution heads)
- Unique design allows for visual indication of primary lines beginning to plug
- Full stainless steel construction
SeedVU for late-model Deere air drills
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 are probably about due to be upgraded anyway; you’ll find a lot more convenient access & less plugging by getting rid of the J-bolt.)
SeedVU, Case-IH / NH Flexi-coil (‘EZ Flow’ head)
Diffuser / 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, for Smallaire fits late-model Seed Master drills)
New 2015 SeedMaster drills; older Amity drills; and other drills converted to Smallaire heads (see below).
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.
Smallaire Heat Exchanger
Prevent oil from overheating on your air drills. Even if it’s not overheating to the extent that it’s shutting down your tractor, high temperatures break down hydraulic oil faster, and shorten the life of pumps and seals. You really want it to stay below 150 F.
There are plenty of farmer-built hydraulic oil coolers out there (in Australia, everyone runs them). But you can go one step further: instead of venting that heat into the atmosphere, you can use it to warm and dry the air going through the air delivery system. This has the advantage of reducing moisture in the lines, and helping to eliminate gunk buildup from fertilizer dust and seed treatments.
For a robust “heat exchanger” that’s designed specifically for this, check out our Smallaire unit. Fits all JD 1910 TBH carts (fits some TBT JD 1910s with minor modifications). A new version with a flexible duct is also becoming available, and this allows the unit to be mounted anywhere on the drill (the flexible duct connects it to the intake of the fan). We don’t keep many, and it takes about four weeks to get them in from Australia, so plan accordingly. Don’t let yourself be sidelined in the heat!
Exapta’s Smallaire Heat Exchanger on a JD 1910 TBH cart (ignore the hitch on the rear of the cart). An oil cooler that also warms & dries the air going thru the hoses to prevent buildup of fertilizer dust & seed treatments. Engineered by air-movement specialists to avoid restricting the air intake, and minimize stress on the cast housing of the fan.
“We bought a set of Exapta’s [Smallaire manifolds] and have not plugged a hose a single time since or had a hose fall off either, never expected them to work so well, good product for sure. . . . I was skeptical at first, I liked the design of the tube but didn’t think the head was going to be nothing special but they ended all of our plugging problems and we backed the fan speed off another 200 RPMs. We got the stainless risers from ya, and as far as I am concerned they are a undervalued product. Great product and I will buy again [for his other air drill]. Thanks!”Jamie Kouba
“I love the SeedVUs. If you’ve ever plugged a primary, it takes 2 hours to clean it out. That’s a lot of downtime, and costs us money. With the SeedVUs, I can crank the fan speed up and never worry about plugging a primary, and actually do a better job of seed placement by dumping most of the air with the SeedVU.”Tom Cannon, Blackwell, OK
“They made [our 1895 air drill] more like a 750 (box drill, gravity-fed) used to be. More seeds in the bottom of the trench.”Mike Arnoldy