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How is the trash clearance of these drills.
Also what about frame strength and tank ease of operation. Is the conveyor user friendly for filling.
 

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Trash clearance for the most part is fine. I don’t have the offset shanks which makes it better. With any precision drill straw management is huge!! A good chopper makes all the difference. I heavy harrow a lot which makes a big difference.
Also, cutting low to the ground helps.
I would say I seed 80% between the rows which is a big benefit.
As far as the drill goes it does a remarkable job. It doesnt leave the best field finish, but the results make up for it IMO.
I use paired row for peas, lentils and cereals.
I use the single side band for canola.
I’ve never had a Seedhawk tank, so can’t comment.
 

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Seen dutch makes a seed opener that follows the fert knife straight behind with a spur off to the side is trashflow better with these?
 

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I run a seed hawk and a traditional C shank drill and I wouldn't say the hawk is any worse, both require straw management in a zero till application.

The frames got updated in 2018ish, before that there was some cracking, not a big deal if you just weld up a few cracks, if it bothers you then stay away. The tank metering was figured out pretty well when they went to the individual electric drives after all the updates. The conveyor has been a disaster since day one, never heard of them working that great, always glitches or leaks. Finally for 2019 they put a Batco conveyor on which should be good since Bourgault used the same Batco from 2009 to 2018.

I would be very cautious with anything that brings those two shanks closer together, all the Seedhawks in my area (including me) that were running high spring rates got fertilizer burn this spring in the drought. I am going to space the fertilizer knife farther away from the seed and be cautious putting down over 100lbs of N via Urea.
 

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When new drill is delivered, is the shank setting done (PDI) by dealer ?
Is the shank setting ever changed over the last say ten years ?
 

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Yes the shanks changed in 2008 I believe, it made the clearance between the rear knife and the packer tire greater which was a good improvement for mud. I believe around 2012 Seedhawk changed the decals on the shanks no longer representing numbers but letters instead, function of the shanks was unchanged. I think the depth of the fert knife is done at the factory.
 

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What would it take to make an 84 foot to 80 foot drill. I know remove shanks but will the frame stick out to far to either seed borders or more importantly the castor wheels. Probably have to change towers and settings in computer would there be more?
 

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What would it take to make an 84 foot to 80 foot drill. I know remove shanks but will the frame stick out to far to either seed borders or more importantly the castor wheels. Probably have to change towers and settings in computer would there be more?
I’m sure they make an 80’
 
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