Great Plains Extends Drill, Planter and Tillage Lineups

October 30, 2008 12:39 PM


The Turbo-Chopper is a vertical-tillage tool that builds on the Turbo-Till concept; the second row of Turbo coulters is switched out and replaced by Turbo-Chopper gangs.
It took 26 semi-truckloads to show all of Great Plains Manufacturing's new equipment at its national dealer meeting near Kansas City. In all, the machines on display featured 622 row units and 544 Turbo coulters.
The new lineup includes two drills. The Model 3007HD air drill has a 30' planting width and folds to just 10' for transport. The HD in the model name stands for heavy duty, which is backed by the 07HD Series openers. The two 100-bu. hoppers carry a total of 200 bu. of seed or a combination of seed and dry fertilizer.
Another addition to the company's heavy-duty drills is the DF4010HD no-till drill. This 40' drill features the 10HD openers. The 3.2-bu.-per-foot seedbox comes with the standard configuration of 60% seed/40% dry fertilizer split, but it can also be ordered in 68/32, 55/45 and 100% seed configurations. Row spacing options include 7½" or 10". The machine folds to just under 15' for transport.
The YP40 is the most versatile planter the company has ever offered. This Yield-Pro planter is available with a choice of three openers and seven row spacings. Seed hopper options include the platform for a seed company bulk box, an 82-bu. bulk hopper and a 150-bu. bulk hopper. Operators have the option to pull a 1,600-gal. cart or a 1,600-gal. plus 400-gal. cart for starter and/or high-rate fertilizer. The floating hitch and a wing flex of 20° up and 20° down allows this versatile machine to handle versatile terrain.
Great Plains also adds two vertical-tillage tools to its lineup. The Turbo- Chopper provides a crisscross pattern of worked ground as the front row of 20" Turbo coulters on 10" spacings is followed by gangs of reels, which have a unique spiral design to minimize vibration. The perpendicular action handles tough residue and breaks up root balls. The Turbo-Chopper is available in a 15'6" rigid frame or in folding units ranging from 18' to 40'6" working widths.
The 5000 Series Turbo-Chisel is the Great Plains version of a coulter chisel. The front gang of 22" Turbo coulters are on 7½" spacings. Units can be equipped with either standard chisel shanks or a front row of parabolic shanks followed by either parabolic shanks or standard chisel shanks. There are 10 rigid and folding models that range in working width from 11'3" to 28'9". Working depth is up to 12". Rear attachment options are chopper reel gangs or buster bars. 

No-till drills go heavy-duty with the Great Plains DF4010HD model, which boasts a 40' seeding width.
The YP40 planter provides versatility with a choice of three openers and seven row spacing configurations.

For more information, visit a Great Plains dealer or contact Great Plains Manufacturing, P.O. Box 5060, Salina, KS 67401; (785) 823-3276; or log on to

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