patented TracPacker fills and packs pivot tracks in two individual
stages, with the full weight of the tractor tires compressing the
soil back into the track in each stage.
Other "pull behind"
track fillers with "pull behind" roller packers are limited to the
small area of contact of the surface of one rolling barrel or packer
that is limited in packing ability by the original field surface.
Look at the finished tracks and you will see a raised area about 14
inches wide and 3 inches high. This is soil that did not get put
back into the track.
The TracPacker has a combined front and
rear tire packing force of 4,100 pounds per square foot packing soil
into the bottom of the track. Look at the pictures in the photos
page and you will see a finished track that is level with the field
surface. This means more soil is packed into the track. This also
means that your season ending tracks will be shallower during and
following the irrigation season.
A shallower track means less
dirt and clods taken into the combine or windrower, resulting in
cleaner and higher quality soybeans and hay.
See the original TracPacker in action in a
varity of conditions. Also see a demonstration of how easy it is to
take on and off the tractor.
Single Stage model 2-4W-1005 on Two Wheel Drive Tractors
The Trac Packer is available in a Front Wheel Assist model.
Click the above video clip to see it in action!
are available for many makes and models of tractors. This clip
show a Track Packer on a Ford New Holland tractor. It also shows how
easy it is to take off the tractor!
The Ridge Knocker is a concept that has been developed on the farm and
in the field by and for TracPacker owners in Ridge Till systems. The
new Ridge Knocker does just what it says, it knocks the top 3 to 4"
off of the ridge in front of the left front tire to smooth out the
ridge till ride. Click the video clip above to see it in action. Click here for more
information on the Ridge Knocker feature.
We use the TracPacker on about 700 acres of
pivot-irrigated alfalfa with great success! The tracks are smooth enough to
allow us to go up and down the field instead of in circles, and the chronic
problem of tracks getting deeper in legumes over the years has been solved!
Before and After - Pivot tracks in three
fields that have been filled with the TracPacker
(click any picture for a larger view)
Pivot Track in an Alfalfa field before using the TracPacker.
Notice how deep the ruts are.
The same Alfalfa field pivot track after the TracPacker has been used.
Pivot track that has been made in a corn field. Notice how the
mud has been pushed up and out.
Same corn field track after the TracPacker has been used. Notice
how level the track is after a single pass
Pivot tracks that have been cut in to a soybean field.
Filled pivot track in the same soybean field. Notice how smooth
the edges of the track are.
End of Season - Pivot Tracks that were
conventional closed (previous year) vs tracks closed with the TracPacker
(previous year) (click any picture for a larger view)
End of season pivot tracks in a bean field where a conventional track
filling system had been used. Notice the depth of the track.
With other track fillers season-end tracks are deep, with unpacked soil
squishing back out. This displaced soil covers up crop and ends up in the
combine grain tank at harvest. Deeper tracks and more soil out of the track
make for more bounce and jolts, more wear and tear on equipment
End of season pivot track in bean field where the TracPacker had been
used the previous year. Compare the depth of this track to the other
field. TracPacker filled tracks at year-end are less
than half the depth of other track fillers used. This track is on an 8%
slope and has been TracPacked for six years.
methods of closing pivot tracks - Which one looks best to you???
(click any picture for a larger view)
Pivot track that has been disked shut. Notice the cut edges and
the unpacked soil. This track will return to the original depth
after the first pass or two of the pivot.
Pivot track that has been closed with the leading "pull-behind" track
Notice the ragged edges, the fluffy soil, and the depression that remains.
Pivot track that has been TracPacker closed. Notice the
smoothness and evenness - even in the corn ground!.
A September 2000 lightning strike short circuited the navigation system on
one of Leo Gillespie’s pivots. Towers one through nine locked on, causing
the system to go out of alignment and pull the wheels out of the pivot
tracks perpendicularly. My first comment on arriving at the field was “I know what happened here but
I don’t know why this system is not laying in a pile”. The shallow pivot tracks allowed the towers to slide out of the tracks. That
late in the year pivot tracks are usually much deeper and towers buckle
because the wheels cannot escape the deep tracks.
The TracPacker saved Dan and his Dad from having to pay for expensive late
season pivot repairs in a field of maturing soybeans.
Service Foreman, Elkhorn Valley
Equipment Tilden, NE