2-row Maize Planters
The Ndume Precision Planter has none of the complex parts normally seen on a precision planter.
The fertilizer metering units are fluted roller type made of steel, each unit is rate adjustable. Required Fertilizer rates are controlled by simply opening and closing a gate. The fertilizer is put into the ground behind a heavy duty spring loaded tine which penetrates the ground approximately 5 inches deep. Only the tine point penetrates the ground, depth control of this tine is achieved by two depth control wheels on the back of the main planter frame. Behind each tine is an adjustable fertilizer pipe, a simple adjustment of the pipe allows the operator to change the placement of the fertilizer up and down.
The seeding parallelogram follows 25 inches behind the fertilizer tine. The precision seed metering unit is of a vertical spoon pick up seed disc that places the seed directly behind the seeding point. Seed planting depth is controlled by adjustable double press wheels running behind the parallelogram. The press wheels press on either side of the planting furrow -not directly on to the planting line – thus ensuring a quick emergence without the danger of capping. The seed spacing can be changed easily by simply selecting a different gear on a centrally mounted gear box.
Planters are supplied with two sizes of spoon pickup discs, one for large seeds like maize and beans, and the other for smaller seeds.
As with all Ndume equipment, the planter is easy to set up and operate and simple to maintain.