Double Parallel Linkage Tail Sections
By adding the 4 Link Closer to the closing wheels you eliminate the blank areas through ditches and over the tops of terraces. These new 4 bar linkages give you nearly double the travel (up to 9″) of the present day swing arm tail sections.
The standard swing arm tail section found on a majority of the planters built today has a limited amount of travel up and down (roughly 4″) throughout full movement when planting. If you have ditches to cross or terraces to plant over then the amount of travel is limited to 2″ both ways of center. Sometimes this isn’t enough—giving poor seed to soil contact by not closing the seed V properly or leaving seeds on top of the ground.
Whenever the press wheels flex up, the contact points on the press wheels get wider, causing them to be toe out and they tend to over cover the width of the seed V. When the press wheels go down past center, they under cover or toe in, causing the seed V to not close properly.
Also, when you max out the wheels on the top side, it can raise the planter unit out of the ground, causing seed depth to change. By running extra spring pressure on the press wheels you create up pressure on the row units. Thus, as the planter travels through the field at speeds above 5mph, the swing arm closing system is constantly moving up and down along with the parallel linkage of the planter unit itself, causing uneven depth control.
When planting up and over terraces, sometimes there are areas over the top of the terrace where the double discs of the planter are totally out of the ground (planting seeds on top of the ground), and the press wheels are carrying the weight of the whole planter on one side or the other of the terrace. Then, on the opposite side of the terrace, the double disc openers are totally bottomed out for depth and the press wheels are off the ground, not closing the furrow. This leaves several feet of seeded area across a ditch or terrace that is blanked out due to poor seed to soil contact.
About the 4 Link Closer
The 4 Link Closer (4LC) is a true parallel closing system for most double disc opener planters.
The 4LC has more travel than standard closing wheel systems. When up and down movement occurs, the 4LC keeps the pitch of your closing wheels from changing.
In contrast to standard closing wheel systems which have a spring under the tail section, the 4LC’s spring is in-between the parallel arms. This allows the 4LC greater mobility and puts less up pressure on your row units.
Going over terraces or through washouts, from the shallowest to the deepest planted seed, the 4LC will close up the furrow. With 3 different ground attachments to choose from, the 4LC will fit all of your planter closing needs. Patent pending.
Features & Benefits of the 4LC
Benefits of the 4 bar linkage system over the swing arm closers:
- Keeps press wheels from moving in or out over furrow as the row unit flexes
- Keeps pinch points of wheels the same through 7″-9″ of vertical travel
- Allows for consistent fertilizer placement and furrow closing
- Takes the bounce out of row units when planting above 5mph
- Fits John Deere, Kinze, Case IH, White, Yetter, and Horsch
- Better seed to soil contact for uniform emergence
- Travel of 4 link is parallel to the ground
- More even depth control of planter unit
- Works great with the G2 fertilizer disc
- Run less down pressure on row units
- Ground following tail section
- No more blank planted rows
Tim Brouwers of Manteno, IL sent the following picture from his plantings of Spring 2019, using the 4-Link Closer on one row. He had better emergence from the row with the 4-Link Closer and attributes that to not having to run as heavy of a down pressure with this closing wheel assembly.
With the OEM closing wheel sections he had to run more pressure in order to close the seed furrow, and the extra pressure caused a stand reduction in those rows due to the severe wet planting conditions of 2019.
The additional pressure also caused up pressure on the double disc openers resulting in corn seeds being planted at a shallower depth leading to the poor stand problem. The back of the planter with the 4-Link Closer wasn’t sinking as deeply and compacting the soil as badly as the other rows with the regular factory closing system.
The following photos are soybeans planted with the 4 Link Closer and without trash whippers into 260 BPA corn residue.