There are a lot of considerations to make when picking a planter. Price, performance, and reliability, are likely at the top of your list. Several manufacturers are vying for your business. Double L's case for its planter line is straightforward: Our planters stack up well against our competitors' in performance. We crush them in price and reliability.
Our competitors will try to convince you that accuracy and reliability come only by adding complexity to your equipment. Double L's planter is proof positive that this is simply not true. Complexity adds to the upfront cost of the equipment, and it introduces extra critical points of failure that can be costly and time consuming to resolve.
Planting sets the tone for the rest of the growing season. Set the right tone with Double L's line of potato planters. Available in 4-, 6-, and 8-row models, the Double L planter is a rock-solid, cost-effective machine.
The hopper bowl is designed with nearly no moving parts. Few parts translates into low service costs and less downtime for part failures. As long as gravity works, so will the hopper bowl.
The enormous hopper on Double L's planter line can make quicker work of a huge task. It minimizes how frequently the planter has to stop to be refilled. Fill the hopper and plant for acres without worry.
Seed bridging is a concern of farmers for gravity-fed hopper bowls. Double L mitigates blockages with stainless steel gables flanking each planter leg. Their shape removes any flat surfaces on which seed pieces may get caught. Situated above the leg is a round bar support that acts much like a turkey roost inside an even flow tub. It bears some of the weight of the seed and helps it to flow more freely into the planter leg.
The Super Axle is the first of its kind to support the weight of a fully loaded planter on only two tires. A two-tire axle design solves the problem of tire scraping around turns. The machine can turn sharper, and tires and hubs and last longer. It also opens the possibility for towing tillage equipment behind the planter.
Fertilizer tanks are a lot of work to mount. Mount them on the planter where they're needed most. It could save hours of downtime if a tractor needs to be swapped out.
The cab of the tractor can get really busy with switches and buttons. It's easy to forget to toggle all of them on or off for each pass down the field. Double L's planter controls start and stop your fertilizer dispersal system for you with the seed cups.
You know how much fertilizer needs to be applied during planting. Adjust your settings from your tractor cab. Using ground speed from your tractor's GPS or radar, Double L's fertilizer controls accurately dial in how many pounds of fertilizer per acre is dispersed in your field.
The stainless steel dry fertilizer hopper on the Double L planter uses a full-width auger to fill itself. Whether you need the full 1000-pounds-per-row capacity of the hopper or just part, you can evenly fill the hopper directly from the intake.
There is a lot going on all at once, and it all needs to be regulated carefully to achieve the precise results that you need. The controller receives GPS, radar, and ground speed data from the tractor. It uses it to adjust seed spacing and dry fertilizer dispersal, monitor and calculate skip statistics, and control the rate of seed flow into the planter leg.
Adjusting seed spacing used to involve a wrench and a different sized sprocket. What used to take hours can now be done from the cab of your tractor in seconds. Dial in your preferred seed spacing, and let the planter do the rest.
Precise instruments provide reliable data. The optical seed sensor is a fitting successor to the trusted whisker switch. A beam of light detects each cup as it passes. In a fraction of a second, it recognizes if the cup contains a seed piece. The data is passed to the tractor operator who can see in real-time the number of consecutive skips and average skip percentage per leg.
Even with GPS on the tractor, planting on side hills is still problematic. The tractor may be holding a straight line, bu the implement could be drifting downhill. Double L's planters are compatible with 3rd party GPS modules that work in tandem with the tractor to keep both machines on course.
In extensive tests consisting of more than 23,000 seed cup observations, the Double L planter met or surpassed the statistics of competitors' cup- and pick-style planters. In skip statistics, Double L outperformed the competition by as much as 12 percent fewer skips observed.
How invaluable would a component be to you that has been tested over hundreds of millions of tractor hours and proven itself to be tough as nails? Underhaug manufactures such a component, and Double L mounts it to all of its planter models.
When aiming for ideal planting accuracy, each farmer has his own preference for addressing skips and doubles. Some aggressively agitate the seed cups to ensure that each cup has a seed piece. No matter where along the spectrum your preference lies, you can choose from seven levels of agitation to dial in your machine to your desired level of accuracy.