Building on its newest air cart design, Seedmaster now offers models with three different capacities
When SeedMaster introduced the Nova XP-820 Smart Cart in 2011, it represented a significant design change from the company’s previous air seeder carts. At Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina last June, SeedMaster showed farmers two new air carts based on the design of the original Nova XP-820. The two additional models use the same engineering, but they offer smaller capacities.
The Nova XP’s modular design uses independent, 260-bushel poly tank compartments, which allows for changes in capacity by scaling the same basic chassis up or down and adding or removing tanks. “There are three basic chassis,” says Norbert Beaujot, SeedMaster’s president. “There are three capacities and the 40-bushel (small product tank) at the back is option as well.”
Because it is possible to add the 40-bushel compartment to each model, all three chassis have two capacity ratings. At the smallest end of the line, is the 260/320-bushel model. Moving up the size scale is the 520/560, and topping the line is the original 780/820, which is available with one, two or three main compartments.
According to Beaujot, the company is able to offer a lot of flexibility in main-compartment configuration across the full line of Nova XP carts to meet a farmer’s needs. “There are a lot of different choices,” he says. “Whatever the customer wants. We can mix and match one, two, three or four products. And they can be a combination of dry and liquids.”
Underneath, all three models use the same metreing system. “The metreing portions are identical,” he adds. “The bigger ones (cart metres) are all made with 10 zones for shut-off control. Below 60 openers we go to eight zones.”
SeedMaster also offers a toolbar-mounted canola tank capable of holding one bag of seed. “It’s kind of a designated canola tank,” says Beaujot. “That can be bolted onto any toolbar, past, present or future. It’s about 22 bushels. It just holds a mini bulk bag of canola.”
At the Regina show, the company also introduced a stretched version of its drill, which offers a new maximum 100-foot working width. The company claims that size makes it the largest model available on the North American market. “It’s definitely only for certain farmers,” Beaujot acknowledges. “It’s very manoeuvrable. There’s no problem getting in and out of fields.”
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