With the PackMaster™ option, One of the packer spindles is equipped with a load cell to measure the actual packing force exerted on the ground by that packer tire. The operator first sets the desired packing force in the Apollo X30 or X35 controller. During operation, as the draft force on the opener changes, so will the down force of the packer wheel. This change is relayed back to the controller, which will modulate the drill’s opener hydraulic pressure to maintain the set packing force.
Two control modes are available:
The control screen on the X30/X35 Apollo system shows drill raise/lower state, opener hydraulic pressure, packing force and pressure/force set value. All drill control functions are moved onto the controller, so the 405/410 drill control is not required when this option is selected.
The Packmaster option is available on 2017 model year 3320 PHD, 3420 PHD, and 3720 ICD paired with 7000 Series air seeders equipped with the X30 or X35 Apollo system, and as a retrofit kit for previous systems equipped with X30 Apollo systems.
Farmers can remove one more operation when turning at the edge of the field. LiftMaster™ provides automatic lifting and lowering of the openers at the field headlands. This eliminates one more tedious operation at a time when many things are going at once.
This standard feature was introduced in the 2016 model year 3320 PHD, 3420 PHD, and 3720 ICD systems paired with 7000 Series air seeders equipped with the X35 Apollo system, and as a retrofit kit for previous systems equipped with X30 or X35 Apollo systems.