Just in time for planting this spring, Orthman Manufacturing is introducing its new GPS Shadow Tracker, an implement guidance system designed for planting applications.
“The system opens up our capability to mount on various types of planters, like those that don’t have a rigid center section,” says B. J. Margritz, service manager for the company.
“The difference between this and our previous tool is the new one has no axle,” he adds.
The new system consists of a single cylinder and blade modules that are mounted to the implement toolbar and is fully compatible with AutoFarm, Trimble and John Deere tractor guidance systems.
The Shadow system requires that the GPS mast be mounted to the implement toolbar. Both hydraulic lines and electrical connections will run from the tractor to the mast and then to the blades. One master module sends feedback information to the controller. The remaining modules are hydraulically tied to the master unit and “shadow” its movements as it is controlled by the main console. Information is shared, and the steering blades hydraulically pivot to place the implement in the correct position throughout the pass.
Because the GPS Shadow Tracker modules are not mechanically connected, they are versatile in their mounting capabilities.
In the following video, Margritz shares some additional details about the benefits the Shadow Tracker system offers.