In February, Kinze introduced the 5700 24-row 20-inch planter equipped with the new 5000 Series row unit and several other productivity features. Brad Niensteadt, a planter product expert at Kinze Manufacturing, hosted a webinar where he explained how the 5700 handles the challenges of narrow-row, no-till planting. Here are the top 5 takeaways from the webinar:

1. Self-Contained Unit

One major advantage of this planter is it has its own dedicated hydraulic cooling fan and the ability to automatically switch the direction of the cooling fan to help keep any debris or build up off the radiator. This feature ensures the planter is operating at maximum efficiency and stays cool while driving through the field with all the dirt and debris coming up.

2. Versatile Toolbar/Frame

    The frame design features a three-section toolbar and smaller build to fit more narrow rows.

    “It provides a smaller frame designed with only a 40-foot model to require less horsepower compared to our larger 60-foot, 36-row, 20-inch configuration,” Niensteadt says. “You get a little smaller package and a little less horsepower requirement, but all of the features that we introduced with our 4705.”

    3. Redesigned User-Friendly Fertilizer System

    The biggest difference in the new 5000 series compared to older models, according to Niensteadt, is with the redesigned, more user-friendly fertilizer system.

    “We started with a large capacity on this 40-foot toolbar, and we are adding 500 gallons of liquid fertilizer capacity,” Niensteadt says. “We've changed the style of pump that we use for our fertilizer system to a positive displacement diaphragm style of pump. We've changed the way our valving works, which really allows us to support anywhere from 3-25 gallons an acre and from 3-12 miles an hour. This can really give you a big window of application and support the wider speed ranges that you can achieve.”

    4. Optional Marker Package

    One major goal in bringing this new product to market was increasing up time in the field and decreasing the amount of time lost to maintenance. The optional marker system is a prime example of how Kinze has achieved that goal.

    “Our 5000 Series row unit with our gauge wheel arm and our fiber bushings inside that shimless gauge wheel arm pivot, so they do not require any greasing,” Niensteadt says. “We've carried that onto our markers as well. All of our markers on the 5000 Series are a non-greasable fiber bushing style of pivot, helping reduce the maintenance and keep that uptime rolling.”

    5. Optimal Tire Placement

    All tires on the frame are located on the front of the toolbar, which allows for extra space between the row units.

    “We wanted to use a combination of VF and IS style tires to reduce that footprint in the field and reduce compaction,” Niensteadt says. “It also helps to provide better flotation in all field conditions.”

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