Great Plains is pleased to introduce a planter designed with operator experience and profitability in mind—the PL5800. The PL5800 provides farmers with precise planting and excellent seed-to-soil contact for uniform emergence. Great Plains debuted the PL5800 at the Great Plains National Dealer Meeting in Des Moines.
“Our new PL5800 planter has a positive air flow meter, instead of a vacuum, which requires a lot less torque, meaning significantly less maintenance for the farmer,” says Rye DeGarmo, Vice President of Engineering with Great Plains. “When the PL5800 is set properly, it will place every seed with industry-leading accuracy.”
The PL5800 is a simple planter that is efficient to operate, with single- or twin-row configurations and row spacing between 15 and 36 inches. The reliable and economical planter is front folding with lift tires that run between rows on most row spacings. Producers can apply liquid fertilizer as they plant, and choose from multiple row cleaners and/or coulters as options.
The PL5800 uses a new WSMT3 Control System that simplifies operator interfaces. An optional, ISO-compatible Topcon X35 monitor offers enhanced diagnostic capabilities to allow troubleshooting when it’s most needed. “The PL5800 has an upgraded monitor that is more intuitive with fewer buttons to press during the process,” says DeGarmo. “We’ve also reduced the number of menus to start planting, and decreased the depth of those menus. We’re excited to hear customer feedback as they use these new monitors.”
Several other key improvements have been made to the PL5800, including an easy-to-use two-point hitch for fast hook up and improved ability to follow terrain. Another upgrade is airflow to the meter, making seed placement even more reliable. In addition, the PL5800 has hoses that route air inside the frame, giving the planter a clean, sleek look.
“Farmers can also opt to add an electric drive, which will provide equal seed spacing, even on curves, to maximize field potential,” says DeGarmo. “Another unique feature that really separates the PL5800 from other planters is the patented wing gauge wheels. Having those tires on the ground helps with stability going down the road and takes a lot of weight off the tongue of the planter, making the whole system transport more efficiently.”
An all-new seed delivery system offers reliable filling of meters with a variety of difficult-to-handle seeds. The innovative dual-fan air system—with one fan sending seed to the row-unit hopper and the other pressurizing the singulating meter—provides superior control and accuracy. A larger seed pool reservoir and larger seed inlet opening on the all-new 5000 Series Air-Pro® meter provide proper singulation and keep the meter full at higher speeds. Shorter closing wheel mounts on the new 5000 Series row unit allow the PL5800 to achieve appropriate seed-to-soil contact and closing accuracy while following the contours of the field.
The PL5800 will be available for purchase in 2018. To learn more about the new PL5800 planter, contact your local Great Plains dealer.