Schaffert Mfg. Co., Inc.
Our Customer Service
I want to very sincerely thank you for delivering the balance of our order last Saturday. I can’t tell you how impressed I was with that action!
I seem to spend a disproportionate amount of my life arguing with people over how they are going to correct their mistakes. In this case, I would not even classify it as a mistake. We simply had a miscommunication and you still went the extra mile to get me what I needed. I will remember that.
I have never had any better service from any company than Schaffert Manufacturing.
If you call with a question, you can usually talk to Paul, the owner. Or if you have any problems with any of their products, they are handled very quickly, and more than fairly.
If every company in the agriculture sector built as good of products, and stood behind them like this company does, my job as a producer would be much easier and more profitable.
After testing Schaffert Products this spring, next year I will add more Schaffert Products on the planter. The results speak for themselves.
If that wasn't enough, their customer service is second to none. I am a pleased customer, but better yet, I'll be a returning customer.
Rebounder Seed Covers
Very impressed with Rebounders!! We strip till in the fall and we have good moisture in the spring. The Rebounders put all seeds in the bottom of the furrow. We even have a set of the other brand still in the box on the shelf because we like Rebounders better.
I installed 6 Rebounders and 6 of the other brand attachments on my JD 7300. I like the Rebounders because the other brand builds up with mud in our sticky soils and the Rebounders do not build up with mud. I am ordering the rest of the Rebounders next day air!!!
Your Rebounders are the best seed firmers on the market. They are easy to mount, easy to use.
But the part I like best is how they take the seed from the seed tube and line it up, then gently put it to bed in the bottom of the opened V.
This lets the new seeds awaken to breakfast in bed placed there by Y-Not fertilizer tubes, sending the seeds on a quick, even, and early start on new life.
I have tried other brands of firmers, but prefer the Rebounder by far. My checks have showed 3 to 5 bushel advantage, and very good seed alignment in the seed trench.
I used another attachment for years. Then I saw your ad and decided to switch to the Rebounder.
The only thing I changed on the planter was installing your product. I left the population on the planter and all the other settings the same.
What impressed me most was the fact that my end population in the field increased by 2,600 seeds per acre with the same population setting I had been using with the other brand.
The increase in yield alone more than paid for the Rebounders in one year. I am totally satisfied with your product. Thank you! (A very satisfied customer!)
The first year I no-tilled, I ran a different attachment and had mud build-up in clay soils. Switched to Rebounders and Furrow Vs and no problems since.
Last year replaced piston pump with electric pump and manifold system. In cab control of rate and on-off now at a fraction of the cost of piston pump! Easy to install and all parts there as promised!
I used to plant 2,000 to 4,000 extra seeds per acre to get desired final population. With Schaffert, my stands are within 500 plants of target now! Thanks!
I used the Schaffert Rebounders and Totally Tubular fertilizer tubes on my JD planter for the 07 and 08 growning season. The results were perfect. There was no seed drag what so ever.
For the 09 growing season I made the mistake of replacing my Rebounders for a set of another brand. The results were terrible. I had seed being bunched up and piled by the other brand attachment. For the 2010 planting season I have purchased a set of Rebounder Seed Covers with Y-Not Split and bullet check valves.
L.Z., North Dakota
5 or 6 years ago I put one IH 800 Rebounder on my planter and planted 100 acres. I ran short of time and after 100 acres I put the other 5 rows of Rebounders on. When I went to spray the field, the one row planted with the Rebounder was 8″ tall and the other 5 rows were only 4″-5″ tall. What a difference the Rebounders made!
The Rebounders work wonders for our seed depth and I wouldn't run my John Deere without them. The product is great and has really helped me with my yields.
The Rebounders really work well on the Tye 15′ Drill. You don’t see any beans uncovered like I used to before I put the Rebounder on. There’s more uniform depth placement also.
To those of ya'll looking at purchasing Rebounders and Y-Nots for your planter I can honestly say there are worth every penny.
We put them on our planter when it was new to be able to apply liquid fertilizer. We apply 7 gallons of fertilizer with the Rebounder Y-Not set up. We have not had a problem with the fertilizer getting on the seed. If I had a planter that was not set up for liquid I would still want the Rebounders on my planter.
What I love about Rebounders is that the seeds are in a straight line in the seed trench and are in the ground. When I say in the ground I mean they are buried in the bottom of the trench. There is great soil to seed contact.
We farm in the black land of central Texas. One concern we had at first was if the Rebounders would pick up the wet black soil. They never have. We have balled our planter up and the Rebounders were clean of mud. We are replacing our Rebounders and Y-Nots after 6 planting seasons. We did not look at anything else.
This past winter, I installed Rebounders and Mohawks on half my planter. Once spring came, I put them to the test.
Intially, the Rebounders would ride on top of the ground. I called Paul and he told me to check my seed tube guards and disc openers and replace if needed. My guards were a little worn, but not to the point they needed to be replaced. However, a new Rebounder needs to have a new seed tube guard to perform correctly. My disc openners measured 14 7/8″ across and kept them on the planter.
I trimmed the Rebounders just a hair on a bench grinder and installed new seed tube guards. Reassembled the planter and off to the field I went again with much better results.
What I like most about the Rebounders over a seed firmer is the ability to find your seed and none of the seeds are pushed into the sidewall. The Rebounder gently pushes the seed down to the bottom of the trench where it should be.
Very satisfied with the Rebounders. We had a great stand with the Rebounders. They are very easy to install.
With the competitor's brand on I would find seeds pressed into the side walls of the furrow. Then I switched to the Rebounders and now I find all seeds in the bottom of the furrow.
I have a White Planter 8180, 16 Row and this is my 2nd Set of Rebounders. I had white Rebounders first and went to orange and they last a lot longer. I am very happy with their performance and helped the germination. On soybeans we got an unbelievable stand. Any seed that hit the ground grew. We had better seed to soil control than without Rebounders.
I run a John Deere 7300 8 row 30 and I wouldn’t run without Rebounders. I really like the Rebounders in cotton planting. Better seed depth and all in the bottom of the furrow.
I had one missing last year during cotton planting. The seed spacing was not as good and the depth was better on the other rows. I saw seed close to the top on the row that was missing the Rebounder and it didn’t come up til it rained.
In 2006, 2 neighboring farmers in our area each own John Deere planters, one with Rebounders and one without Rebounders. The only thing that divides them is the county road. They planted their soybeans at the same time in the same soil type and conditions.
We had a dry season and the farmer with the Rebounders on his planter had a good uniform stand of soybeans and the other farmer without Rebounders didn’t get all his seeds covered and had a stand of various heights due to the dryness and having to wait for a rain to get the rest of the seeds to emerge. The season continued dry.
During early September with the fields drying down across the hills and valleys and maturing at the same time the farmer with the Rebounders will be able to harvest sooner because of uniformity. The farmer who didn’t use Rebounders still has green soybeans in the valleys and will be waiting for his later soybeans to mature.
R.S., Minnesota (Dealer)
2x2 Fertilizer Disc
Two years ago we ran one Gen 2 "Out the Back" opener on our 24 row 20 planter. We eliminated the soil build-up on the gauge wheel and also noticed less seedbed disturbance compared to our other fert openers.
This past year we purchased the other 23 Gen 2s. We were concerned that the Gen 2 hose bracket placed starter fertilizer a little farther to the side but after this season's results we are pleased with the way the Gen 2s performed.
B.H., New York
I put "Out the Back" fertilizer discs From Schaffert Mfg. on my White 6000 Planter in 2009. We planted corn in wet conditions in southern Indiana and they worked very well. We put down 18 gallons of 32% nitrogen.
A neighbor had a liquid attachment on his JD planter in front of the planter. He had fertilizer and mud all over his planter. My planter stayed clean all season.
I really liked the job the Schaffert Fertilizer Disc did. We will put more fertilizer on this year with the discs.
As a Case IH dealer we have sold several “Out the Back” fertilizer disc systems. Being a dealer you want to offer a good product that works and is cost efficient to the customer. The 2 X 2 system is easy to install by replacing one of the OEM covering discs on Case planters with the fertilizer disc setup.
This system gives the owner some options on how they place the fertilizer. A couple of options would be to stream the fertilizer on with stream tip nozzles or use orifice plates further up the system so that you can stream the fertilizer on by dragging a hose in the slot the disc cuts. Either way we set it up the customers are very satisfied.
A benefit of the “Out the Back” system is that the planter stays clean of fertilizer especially since now they have the orange boot attachment, unlike some other systems which apply fertilizer ahead of the row units. We have enough customers using the 2 X 2 “Out the Back” that it sells itself.
T.H., Kansas (Dealer)
I have had the "Out the Back" fertilizer disk openers for only a year, but they seem to be working great. I have them on a 7000 JD 16 row so I had to put updated tail sections on; with the new tails on they are very simple to take on and off.
Last year was a wet spring for us and the out the backs discs worked great compared to discs in front of the unit because the gauge wheels never had to run in wet dirt that was turned up from factory openers. I placed the fertilizer 2X2, and ran a rate of 25 gal per acre and didn't have a problem at all.
Schaffert is sending me the deflectors to run beside the disk which should solve the one problem that I had, which was every once and awhile a cob would get stuck between the disk and fertilizer tube and plug it up (which usually only happened in the corn on corn ground).
I would recommend these to anybody placing fertilizer off to the side. They are simple and they work well, but the best thing I like is they keep the fertilizer off the planter.
2x2 Fertilizer Tube
I have a set of 2x2 fertilizer tubes on my Case IH planter. Dad came over one day to check them out. His reaction? "They look good. You get me a set."
Just finished installing the latest 2x2 fertilizer tubes with the sliding top bracket. They fit perfectly! Great idea with the top bracket! Thank you for your efforts and for your persistence.
I am planting corn with the 2x2 fertilizer tubes and I really like them—they are working great. Instead of orifices, I put a drag hose on the end of the tube and it eliminated the splatter from the dribbling out the bottom of the stainless tube.
Mohawk Closing Wheels
I purchased two rows of Mohawk wheels, and put them on my 16 row planter the same time I installed 14 rows of Exapta's Thompson wheels.
The Mohawk wheels have always left the row covered better, and did a smoother job. They were also about $20 per row cheaper. And while the Thompson wheels are worn out after 3 seasons, the Mohawk wheels show practically no wear.
The best addition I added to the planter this winter has been the Mohawk Closing Wheels.
Half of my planter were Copperheads and the other Mohawks. Both of these wheels do a better job than the stock closing wheels, but the Mohawks have a distinct edge.
The Mohawks sealed the seed slot better and with less pressure while crumbling the top soil. The Copperheads mostly pushed the slot together which made it prone to open back up with lack of rain. The Mohawks never had that problem.
In heavy residue, the Mohawks always sealed the slot while I had to crank down the pressure on the Copperheads to achieve the same results and sometimes still not seal the slot.
I do 50% no-till. I bought Mohawks 3 years ago and ran 1 rubber wheel and 1 Mohawk wheel. The Mohawk broke the seed wall better and helped it to not crust. It works good in conventional planting too.
In 2014, the Mohawk closing wheel versus JD rubber closing wheel performance was very evident. No side wall compaction with the Mohawk compared to a compacted side wall with the JD closing the seed trench.
I planted corn with one Mohawk Closing Wheel and one regular press wheel on each row.
The soil on the Mohawk side of the rows was soft, while the soil on the regular press wheel side was hard and compacted. When the seeds sprouted and grew, the plants all emerged through the softer soil on the side where the Mohawk wheels had gone.
We bought 12 Mohawks to run on our corn planter next to the factory rubber closing wheel. We are mostly no-till and all terraced and hilly ground. We felt like the Mohawks maintained ground contact way better than the rubber tires. They also broke up the sidewall, which helped reduce erosion in the seed trench on the hilly ground. Another added benefit was they helped to close the seed trench when following contours with sharper corners.
We will replace the other 12 wheels and will be purchasing more products in the future. Paul and Kris are very helpful and willing to answer any questions you may have!
Zipper Closing Wheels
We have ran the zippers on about 500 acres of no-till beans into corn stalks and are quite pleased with the results so far. I have attached some pictures I took of a wet spot that had last year’s grass matted down on it.
I believe that the crumbling action of the spikes combined with the firming action of the solid portion of the wheel is key in getting rid of air pockets in our soil conditions. This holds true in drier areas as well. The spikes tend to break up chunks that the no-till coulters throw out and move that soil back over the seed trench. The wheels then firm the soil without packing it over the seed.
Thanks again for a well-designed product and EXCELLENT service!
In 2014 I purchased 16 rows of Zippers for one John Deere 1770 planter. I planted cotton in one side (shown in left side of photos below) of the field with regular V closing wheels and the other side (shown in right side of photos below) with Zipper Closing Wheels.
We got a hard rain a day or two after planting. Normally with a hard rain, the cotton plants will have a hard time coming up or getting through the firmed soils. Cotton is very susceptible to crusting.
The Zipper Closing Wheels left the soil over the seed row mellower and more cushioned than the soil over the rows planted with regular closing wheels. After the hard rain, the mellower soil didn't crust as bad as the flatter soil surface left by the regular wheels.
Five days later, cotton began to emerge from the rows planted with Zippers (see photo below). It was not yet coming up in the other rows.
We later took an aerial photo of the field (see below). The stand was much better where the Zipper wheels ran. There were more skips in the left side where the rubber wheels ran. My son attributes this difference to quicker emergence and less crusting with the Zipper Closing Wheels.
This year, I equipped four more planters with Zippers.
I was having problems with rocks in the spiked closing wheels last year and was getting mad... Called Schaffert Mfg to get some more Rebounders and fertilizer tubes.
They asked if I would try the "Zipper" closing wheel. I was impressed with the Zippers and they didn't pick any rocks up. Problem solved.
B.M., South Dakota
Mohawk vs. Zipper
I have used the Mohawk closing wheels, and more recently added some Zipper wheels, for several seasons now in both no-till and tilled ground, and have planted corn, soybeans, and milo with good results. I like how the wheels still maintain the same depth of penetration even if I’m a little too heavy on the down pressure. No flipping chunks of soil and seed out.
In watching the planter run this spring, it seems like the Zipper wheel might have a little faster “sewing” action than the Mohawk, meaning when the soil was a little heavy or no tilling into fall killed sod, the Zipper rows seemed to have a little more fluff to them.
In normal no tilling situations, both wheels performed great.
An advantage for the Mohawk is if your planter closing wheels are in good shape, you swap the rubber tire for the Mohawk and you’re ready to go at an attractive cost.
I don’t see how anybody can go wrong with either wheel.
Chicken Track Press Wheel
The center of the picture is the Chicken Tracker row and the other are the normal press wheels (Case IH press wheels on a Kinze planter). When I planted this the conditions where good and this picture is after two small rains of about a half inch or less.
If we had gotten more rain, the rows planted with normal press wheels would have crusted. The Chicken Tracker clumps soil so it does not crust as easy.
With the Chicken Tracker wheels, I noticed they left no ridge between the rows like the original press wheel left. This proved to be very beneficial because when we got a rain after planting with the Chicken Trackers, the ridges didn’t wash down like they did with the regular press wheels and put a crust on the wheat plants that were emerging or ready to emerge.
After all the rain we had this past spring, a better stand emerged with the Chicken Trackers, and we didn’t have to replant due to crusting problems. The Chicken Tracker wheels also did not build up with mud like the regular press wheels did after the abundance of rain during planting.
Schaffert Mfg. Co. made the Chicken Track rods 5 1/2″ between spokes. On the side with the arm coming down alongside the spokes they angle cut the rods so they run parallel with the arm, which left from 1/2″ to 3/4″ of room between the arm and Chicken Tracker wheel. This kept them from plugging with trash and residue.
To mount the new Chicken Tracker wheels, I used a 5/8″ x 4″ bolt with a 7/8″ nut over the bolt for a spacer bushing between the press wheel arm and the Chicken Tracker wheel hub. It was one of the best things I did to improve the John Deere 455 grain drill.
I ran the Chicken Tracker wheels over 1000 acres of no-till corn and 800 acres of no-till beans. I was very impressed with emergence of crops behind the Chicken Trackers.
When I ran my row cleaners deeper into wetter soils, the Chicken Tracker collected some mud. Then when I ran the row cleaners shallow, just moving residue away, the Chicken Tracker worked great. So, as with anything, work until you find the Trackers are doing their job.
Overall I was impressed with this product.
I ran one Chicken Tracker in the spring of 2014 on my 24R Case, over approx. 3,000 acres. And loved it! It crumbled the top soil in all conditions.
Here in southern Wisconsin, we have variable conditions—throughout all or many fields. The Chicken Tracker helps eliminate any variables without plugging.
They're easy to install, just the one factory bolt. If the spring would turn super dry, switch back to the factory rubber wheel.
I would recommend the Chicken Tracker to anyone with minimum or no-till and any varying soil type.
The Schaffert liquid fertilizer system is the pinnacle of the industry. It's very simple to use and bullet proof reliable. The best by far!!! Even more importantly is the absolutely second to none customer service. Just plain good knowledgable folks to deal with. Thanks for the good job!!!
After visiting the Schaffert display at the Louisville Farm Show, we ordered a micro-nutrient system to add onto our Kinze 2600 planter. We were pleased to find that there was pre-assembly done before it was sent. This made our installation considerably easier.
We have verified the nozzle size to be as desired. The orange tubing makes a color code identifiable from the air system on our planter. We were able to install a 100 gallon tank and keep the additional unit protected in line with existing tanks during transport.
This system has worked as well as expected.
I like the idea of being able to adjust the volume accurately in the cab, and the charts you send are very easy to read and use. Setting up the system was a cinch.
The pump systems are really simple—worked just like you said and were easy to install.
I have a JD 4 row planter 7000 with John Blue Squeeze Pump. I use 4 rows 2x2 and 2 rows off 6 row pump and split into 4 rows with Schaffert's manifold and orange ofifices with 50 mesh screen on in part of the manifold - the screen make all 4 rows put out the same fertilizer.
Furrow V Closers
I plant 600 acres of corn with a John Deere planter. We try to plant early in the heavy black ground, it’s very hard to get the seed V closed properly.
We installed a set of Furrow V Closers and they do a super job of closing the seed V. We even run less pressure on our press wheels.
I’ve tried many attachments on my John Deere 7000 planter. The Furrow V Closer is the best attachment I’ve ever put on. They do a good job of closing the seed V on my poorly drained upland clay soils.
I have been using Furrow V Closers on my 6 row John Deere 7000 and my 5 row John Deere splitter. I only use the splitter every other year as I do a corn and soybean rotation. I’ve been using the FVCs for about 15 years. I only farm 170 acres, so I don’t have up-to-date equipment. I am a no-till farmer, but I do use a vertical tillage tool only following fall harvest of corn. I also still use rubber closing wheels.
The Furrow V Closers have always assured me that the furrow is always closed properly. I’m aware of all the add-ons on the market. I haven’t needed them. The V Closers are also very good in wet conditions.
Thanks for making a quality product that does the job.
Also, the young lady who answered the phone when I called to order replacement poly discs could not have been more professional and pleasant.
Replacement Bracket & Shaft for Case IH
I have a Case IH 900 and put on the new IH covering disc. I adjusted them and ran them the whole season. They work great!