Ag Leader Hydraulic Down Force Beats Airbags

Cindy ZimmermanAg Leader, Audio, General, IA Power Farming Show, John Deere, Planting, Video

ia-power-13-agleader-3“Airbags are for crash test dummies” is the slogan on the ad in the Iowa Power Farming Show program for the new Hydraulic Down Force system from Ag Leader Technology.

“With our hydraulic system we can fully adjust pressure from zero to full down force in one second or less,” said Will Cannon, product specialist for Ag Leader. “Airbag systems, because of some of the limitations with airbags themselves, it takes much longer – upwards of 20 or 30 seconds.”

ia-power-13-willWith a 24 row planter at 5 mph that could mean as much as a quarter of an acre goes by before the system adjusts. “That one second is a big deal out in the field,” Cannon said.

Ag Leader’s Hydraulic Down Force System is available for this planting season for all John Deere planters and Kinze 3000 series row units. “We’ve got plans already for testing on White and Case IH planters and expect to have them available for spring of 2014,” added Cannon.

Find out all about Ag Leader’s Hydraulic Down Force in my interview with Will here: [wpaudio url=”″ text=”Interview with Will Cannon”]

Watch the video below to see Chad Huedepohl with Ag Leader Technology demonstrate how Hydraulic Down Force compares with airbags.

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2013 Iowa Power Farming Show Photo Album