Verified FBN Member (MN)
Machinery

How to Convert air cart to variable rate

I have a ground driven air cart I am looking to put hydraulics on and run variable rate. What is a good setup to switch it over?

Verified FBN Member (SD)

Do you have any precision equipment right now? Easy way to convert to hydraulic drive is to buy some take off drives from a Deere or white planter.

Verified FBN Member (MN)

I've got a 20/20 from precision and a couple Outback systems that can do rate control with an isobus, raven or teejet controller

Verified FBN Member (ND)

I’d you can use raven that probably be an inexpensive option get their modules and hardware for dry rate control

Verified FBN Member (NE)

I bought a drive motor and Trimble rate control module off a planter and run it with an FMX and field IQ, it works well. Removed the idler sprocket on my flexi-coil 2320 and mounted the drive motor in its place. Only disadvantage to that is both bins are controlled this way.

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What make of air cart

Verified FBN Member (MN)

It is a Tyler fluid air,

Verified FBN Member (ND)

Im not familiar with your cart model, but we have converted a JD cart with two pwm drives, harnessing and a JD rate controller. Fairly simple drive system and the controller is very intuitive to set up and operate. Our PWM motor and attached valve body were purchased new through Ag Express. We did a similar conversion with one motor on a pull type spreader last winter too. Both units have worked well and we believe that they have paid for themselves many times over.

Verified FBN Member (MT)

We have done this as well. Kinda expensive up front to do it right but very much improved once done.

Verified FBN Member (SD)

A guy that works for c&b built a very nice setup that works on the old 787 carts and Flexicoil carts. I noticed at one of there stores they are offering it for sale also now. It's a direct bolt in replacement for the transmission.

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