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Precision Meters

Improve planter performance where it counts – in the meter.

The Precision Meter – the complete replacement meter

Order the complete Precision Meter and get SkipStop™, PopulationMax™, and the Precision Finger Set, plus specially designed belts, cams, covers, bearings, housings and drive wheels. We even offer the BullsEye® seed tube. All designed and tested to work together for maximum precision. Each Precision Meter will be factory tested to plant medium round seeds.

Rebuild your meters with the newest technology.

Put these proven peformance boosters in your existing meter housing:

SkipStop, Pop Max, Precision Fingers, Surfire® Belt and Bullseye Seed Tubes.

These components can be easily installed in your Deere or Kinze finger meter. We recommend that you have your local Precision Planting dealer test your meters using the MeterMax Test Stand.


SureFire BeltHere is another simple idea that will make you more money – the SureFire® Seed Belt.

The seed belt in your finger meter is often ignored. The belt has a very important job. After the fingers have singulated a seed, the belt has to deliver that seed to the seed tube. The “hand-off” between the meter and the seed tube is critical for proper spacing. The seed needs to be released consistently so that each seed follows the same trajectory down the tube. Current belts hand off the seed on the right, center or left side of the seed tube.

The inconsistent position of the seed on the belt causes an inconsistent ride down the seed tube. And that inconsistency shows up in the field as spacing errors.

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By cupping the belt’s flights, we can funnel the seed to the center of the seed tube every time. This provides a much more consistent hand off . . . and a more consistent seed tube ride.

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A simple idea that eliminates one more place where we lose spacing . . . and yield.


SkipStopSkipStop eliminates seed bounce in the belt housing.

SkipStop is a replacement belt housing cover that has a patented cushion system that eliminates seed bounce in the belt housing of finger pickup meters. Seeds hit this cushion and drop directly onto the seed belt for delivery to the seed tube.

Richochet

Seed richochet causes skips. As seeds are ejected from the meter into the belt housing (1), they bounce, rattle and roll inside the chamber (2). Too often, they ricochet right back into the meter causing a skip (3).

Simple installation. The SkipStop cover replaces your existing cover. Just screw the new plate to your meter. You only need to drill one new mounting hole on your meter to secure SkipStop.


PopulationMax backing plate boosts performance in a wide variety of seed types.

Population Backing PlateThis replacement backing plate has four big advantages over metal plates:

  1. They are flatter – eliminating the skips that occur as fingers rock and roll over the warped spots on stamped metal plates.
  2. They match seed size – just swap inserts and you can change the aggressiveness of the backing plate to match flats and rounds.
  3. They reduce ricochet – the smaller exit hole reduces the chances that seeds can ricochet back into the meter.
  4. Population Max is a specialized poly backing plate that replaces the metal plate in your current meter. Population Max uses a special Kevlar impregnated poly to produce a flatter, more consistent platform for finger sets.

Now, our adjustable brush comes standard. So, you can quickly adapt to seed size.

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Flatter is better. Stop doubles or triples. A flatter backing plate provides a solid base for fingers. A warped metal backing plate allows fingers to hold onto a group of seeds. The result in your field is a double or triple.

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Stop skips due to ricochet. The large exit hole in metal backing plates allows seeds to bounce back into the meter. The PopMax exit hole is the same size and shape as the finger. So the finger effectively closes over the exit hole preventing seeds from bouncing back into the meter.

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We designed the PopMax backing plate to accommodate different inserts for different seeds and crops. But once we developed the adjustable

brush, we found that we could get top performance through brush adjustment eliminating the need to change inserts as we changed seed.
Your PopMax plate will come with an “A” insert. That insert, when used with the adjustable brush, will plant almost every commercial corn seed we can find. So it is the dominant insert used today. The “B” insert is used if someone is planting primarily flat corn seeds that have a heavy seed treatment. The “C” insert is used in some specialty crops and, based on the MeterMax® technicians observations, some unique commercial corn seeds.

The primary benefit of the replaceable insert is that you can change inserts when the original is worn. Just remove two screws and replace the insert. It costs just $6.25 to replace the insert – saving you money in the long run.


Precision Meter adjustable brush lets you adapt to seed size.

Adjustable BrushHere is the brush that has revolutionized mechanical seed metering. In the past, your finger meter was calibrated for a single seed size or shape. Well, the real world doesn’t come in one size or shape. With the Adjustable Brush, you can quickly and easily change the characteristics of your meter to match your seeds.
For small seeds, just adjust the brush closer to the base of the backing plate. That way the brush aggressively reaches under the finger to reduce doubles. Then for larger seeds, adjust the brush away from the base of the backing plate. Now, the softer brush isn’t overly aggressive which can cause skips.

There’s a handy reference guide that shows where to set the brush for various seed sizes and shapes. And your Precision Planting dealer can help you determine the precise setting for each of your seed types.

Even better: Use the 20/20 SeedSense — with its ability to measure skips and doubles — to give you an instant snapshot of meter performance. Too many skips — move the brush away from the backing plate. Too many doubles — tighten up the brush. Give your finger meters the flexibility you only thought was possible with a vacuum meter.

The Adustable Brush is only available for use in Precision Planting’s Population Max backing plate.


Reduce Skips And Doubles

Finger SetWe’ve taken a fresh look at the fingers and made some major improvements:

  1. New springs and spring attachment – provides more consistent tension to hold large rounds and small flats.
  2. New finger cover – provides better finger support to keep seeds from escaping under loose fingers.
  3. New finger contour – grabs rounds and flats and locks them under the flag for fewer skips
  4. Chrome coating – eliminates rust and extends life.

Finger Set

Using a high speed camera, Precision Planting saw: that existing fingers allowed some flat seeds to escape (1) from under a finger that has too flat a rear hook. Because the finger doesn’t follow the contour of the backing plate, seeds can get pinched against the outer wall (2). Round seeds can cluster under a finger with loose spring tension (3).

Set for success

MeterMax technicians can install your Precision Finger Sets and calibrate the meter to match your seed size and shape. Chromed fingers, fine-tuned tension springs, custom cams and covers all contribute to a long-lasting meter that runs like a Swiss watch.


A survey of randomly selected Precision Meter customers found:

  • 95% are satisfied or very satisfied with their Precision Meters.
  • 91% would recommend Precision Meters to others.
  • 93% report that Precision Meters improved singulation.

In this test, conducted in Central Illinois, calibrated meters show a 7.98 bushel advantage in side by side strip tests. The conclusion: the MeterMax calibration system pays.

Pass # Meter Status # of points Acres Average BPA
1 non-calibrated 50 0.089 181.46
2 calibrated 53 0.090 193.11
3 calibrated 58 0.095 190.70
4 non-calibrated 89 0.152 184.29
5 non-calibrated 91 0.161 183.24
6 calibrated 98 0.164 192.08
7 calibrated 95 0.157 192.05
8 non-calibrated 142 0.223 184.52
9 non-calibrated 140 0.223 180.16
10 calibrated 150 0.221 183.61
11 non-calibrated 154 0.239 180.56
Average Non-calibrated 182.33
Calibrated 190.31
Calibrated Meter Advantage 7.98