1233.4-L (35-bu) 1725C CCS
CCS seed delivery adds productivity through increased seed capacity, bulk-fill capability, and easy cleanout.
The single tank on the 1725C has a capacity of 1233.4 L (35 bu). CCS tanks are manufactured using a rotomolded, polyethylene design to ensure maximum durability. The translucent tank allows for easy viewing of seed in the tanks.
The following crops can be planted with CCS: corn, sweet corn, popcorn, cotton, sunflowers, soybeans, and sorghum (milo).
Filling the tank is convenient due to a central filling location. The ladder provides access to the filling platform. The tank has an adjustable bin-level sensor to alert the operator when it is time to fill.
For those who work into the night, a standard fill light package is available on machines equipped with CCS. This option includes one light conveniently mounted on the railing of the machine. The lights are turned on and off with their own switch located at the bottom of the ladder.
Seed delivery process
CCS is about reducing the time spent filling the planter with seed while maximizing the time spent planting. CCS for planters is a form of seed handling and delivery. The row-units perform the final task of seed metering and placement.
The CCS seed delivery process relies on a hydraulically driven fan to move seed from the CCS tank to the row-units. When the planter is lowered, hydraulic flow is sent to the seed delivery fan. A flow control valve and gauge, located near the tank, allows for the proper tank pressure setting based on seed type.
Air from the fan pressurizes the CCS tanks and delivers seed to the seed hoppers. Airflow enters the seed tank through a nozzle in the manifold which pressurizes the tank. The air then picks up seed and moves out the other end of the nozzle into the seed delivery hoses. These hoses route the seed toward the hopper. A small amount of seed is traveling in the delivery hoses only when needed.
The hopper fills with seed until the delivery hose (discharge elbow) is covered. Once the opening is restricted, seed flow through the hose stops. Air flowing to the row-unit travels into the hopper and is vented, which is the source of air for the vacuum system. This provides a much cleaner air source than previous meter designs. As the seed is picked up by the meter and planted, the seed pool shrinks until the end of the delivery hose is uncovered. At that time, the airflow and seed delivery resume and the seed pool in the hopper is replenished.
Small-seed CCS components
Manifold nozzle and nozzle with cover installed Straight-seed inlet installed in mini-hopper
The CCS seed delivery system increases planting productivity across the seven approved crops listed above. While highly effective when delivering seed from the CCS tanks to the vacuum meters, small or light seeds (sorghum and small cotton) will require two additional components to aid in proper seed delivery.
Manifold nozzle covers (clips) should be installed to ensure seed is adequately picked up into the air stream for delivery to the row-unit. Mini-hopper discharge elbows should also be changed from the standard elbow (holes) to the small-seed elbow (slotted openings) when planting sorghum (milo) and small cotton.
CCS seed cleanout
CCS seed cleanout
Seed cleanout could not be easier with a CCS planter. When the operator is finished planting, any remaining seed can simply be removed via access doors at the bottom of the CCS tank.
Because seed is only traveling through the CCS delivery hoses when required by the meter, there is not much left to clean.
Next, CCS seed delivery hoses are purged with air from the CCS fan, and the excess seed is pushed to the individual meters.
Lastly, the vacuum meter door is opened, and seed is removed with the supplied catch pan.