Great Plains is pleased to introduce the PL5500—an 8-row planter that transports under 10' wide and easily fits in tight spaces. With its simple, wing-fold design, the PL5500 is perfect for farmers who need a planter that is compact during transport. Great Plains debuted the PL5500 at the Great Plains National Dealer Meeting in Des Moines.
“The PL5500 is the perfect planter for farmers in certain regions where they have more nooks and crannies in their fields,” says Rye DeGarmo, Vice President of Engineering with Great Plains. “More and more farmers are also trying to transport large planters on narrow country roads with increased traffic, so they need a planter that provides outstanding seed placement while taking up less of the road.”
The PL5500 features a newly designed 5000 Series Row Unit and a new 5000 Series Air-Pro® Meter. The meter has been re-engineered to include a 66% larger seed pool and simplified housing. With its simple, positive air pressure design, the 5000 Series Air-Pro Meter offers the precise singulation today’s customers need to achieve even emergence and maximum yields. Individual Row Control (IRC electric drive) is available for variable rate and row-by-row section control, ensuring equal seed spacing over a variety of terrain types.
“This folding planter has previously only been sold in Europe, but we redesigned it to meet the demands of customers in the U.S.,” DeGarmo says. “It can wing-fold completely from the cab and is equipped with the IntelliAg™ monitor.”
The PL5500 boasts a slim transport width of only 9 feet, 9 inches, and only requires a 115-drawbar horsepower tractor (minimum), making it an ideal partner for a wide range of tractors.
For farmers who want to apply liquid or dry fertilizer, coulters and dribblers are available to place fertilizer in furrow or two inches from the row. These American-made planters place seeds in 30-inch rows and are offered with a choice of 1.6-bushel or 3-bushel hoppers with shock-assisted lids.
The PL5500 will be available in limited quantities for purchase in 2018. To learn more about the new PL5500 planter, contact your local Great Plains dealer.