Planting unit for a seeding machine having a seed meter and seed delivery system

  • US 8,850,998 B2
  • Filed: 03/25/2011
  • Issued: 10/07/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/25/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A planting unit for a seeding machine comprising:

  • a planting unit frame member; and

    a seed meter mounted to the planting unit frame member, the seed meter havinga housing anda metering member rotatably mounted inside the housing, the metering member having a sidewall with an inner surface and an outer surface, the sidewall having a rim portion adjacent an outer edge of the sidewall, the inner surface of the sidewall and the housing forming a trough at a bottom portion of the metering member to hold a seed pool, the inner surface of the sidewall of the metering member at the trough being oriented at an angle between 5° and

    75°

    relative to a vertical vector pointing upward at the outer edge of the sidewall wherein the metering member is rotatably mounted in the housing for rotation about an axis that is inclined relative to a horizontal plane as well as inclined to a vertical plane extending fore-aft and a vertical plane extending transversely of the seeding machine.

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