Kinze Manufacturing launched its newest series of planter models — the 5000 series — at the 2023 National Farm Machinery Show. These electric-drive row units will be available for the 2024 planting season and offer a bevy of upgrades and new features over the company’s previous generation.
The sleek-styled cast row unit — which comes in 5900 and 5700 planter models — is fully redesigned for planting at any speed up to 12 miles per hour. The goal, of course, is to enhance planting precision, boost productivity, and reduce daily maintenance time.
“You can’t buy time, but you can buy things to give you more time,” Kinze said during a presentation at the National Farm Machinery Show.
Key features from the bulk-fill planters include greaseless gauge wheel arms, scraper-equipped shim-less adjustable spoke gauge wheels, maintenance-free double bushing parallel arms, and a long-life outside disc opener scraper.
Other benefits include:
- Easy ability to upgrade from Kinze’s True Rate vacuum meter to True Speed high-speed meter.
- A front-end design that allows the use of multiple residue options, including coulters, manual row cleaners and Yetter air-adjustable row cleaners.
- Quick lockup-closing wheels for testing depth and seed placement.
The 5000 Series row unit is also available with residue control, closing wheel, and options for handling insecticide, fertilizer, seed corn.
The new planters will replace Kinze’s current 4905 and 4705 models with the same configurations. The 5900 will be available in 24-row, 30-inch; 16-row, 30-inch; and 12-row, 30-inch configurations. The 5700 will be offered in 36-row, 20-inch and 24-row, 30-inch versions, as well as a 24-row, 20-inch narrow row planter.
A brand new row unit, the 5700 24R20 planter, will also have a new 40-foot, three-section frame configuration. It offers front-mounted, high-flotation tires for reduced soil compaction and improved residue flow, a rear-facing transport camera, work lights for optimum performance and safety, durability and low maintenance.
“Our new 5000 Series row unit is built to run longer and stronger, while providing increased protection for farmers’ investment,” said Susanne Veatch, president of Williamsburg, Iowa-based Kinze. “It elevates precision and performance to the next level, providing farmers with more planting control and efficiency.”