Pathfinder St-10

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PathFinder ST-6

Ideal for:  Row crop application of fertilizer attached to strip-till bars and planters.

FEATURES

HIGH CAPACITY STEERING-CART
The PathFinder and ST-Series commodity metering system add high capacity, multi-product, fertilizer delivery to tillage equipment, strip-till bars, side dress applicators and planters. The universal double ball hitch can be adapted to fit virtually any frame design or custom mounts can be developed on farm to employ the double ball hitch.

ROW CROP APPLICATION
The PathFinder features a high clearance axle for post emergence, inter-row application. The axle can be stubbed out to match various row crop spacings.

DOUBLE BALL HITCH
The PathFinder's double ball hitch provides near universal integration with many planters and implements. Call your dealer or Salford to determine fit.

ACKERMAN ACCURACY
Using the Ackerman steering principle the PathFinder tracks more accurately behind implements. This steering principle reduces stress on the implement and cart while reducing the horse power required to maneuver.

AXLE SPACING OPTIONS
The PathFinder offers 5 axle spacing options from 120 in. to 160 in. in order to match your row crop needs. 

SIMPLE ACURATE METERING
The ST-Series use highly accurate, simple, venturi metering to funnel product evenly into the separate air lines delivering precisely how much product you need. Meters are designed to stay clean and are simple to change.

HYDRAULICS
ST-Series applicators use hydraulic drive systems. Factory optional ECU's allow for simple straight rate application or ISOBUS compatible variable rate application. 

SIMPLE ACCURATE METERING
The ST-Series use highly accurate, simple, venturi metering to funnel product evenly into the separate air lines delivering precisely how much product you need. Meters are designed to stay clean and are simple to change.

Snap-in meter rollers, spring-loaded gates and a full-width removable panel below the air manifold take the hassle out of unloading.  The meter rollers themselves are now an accurate pegged style rollers similar to Salford’s air seeding systems.  The new rollers offer a wider range of application rates and are available with standard and low rate peg sizes.

The new 4-section metering system retains the reliable, low maintenance and user-friendly aspects of the Valmar-designed ST6 and ST8 with the added ability to turn up to 4-sections per product on or off based on application maps.  An optional ISOBUS control system allows connectivity to ISOBUS compliant cab consoles*.  Mechanical engagement of the meters is achieved via electric clutches; a proven approach that has already seen extensive use on other Salford Valmar products.

*Options must be requested at order.

 
 Aer Certified ISO Bus
 Pathfinder ST-10 Mechanical Component
 
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Both metering systems deliver product to a single funnel that drops in to a common venturi air stream for the highest possible blending accuracy and efficiency.  There is no need to run two sets of air lines to the application knife as all the blending happens right at the metering system.  The air manifold and funnels are only connected to one metering system to maintain scale reading integrity.

The number of air outlets is determined by the funnel/air manifold assembly, which can be easily changed by simply unbolting it from the metering system.  Updating from a 12-outlet to 16-outlet system can be achieved in a matter of minutes.  A 20” fan driven by a 12cc hydraulic motor spins at up to 5900 rpm to provide plenty of air at high rates.  By maintaining a set pressure in the air plenum behind the venturi manifold, a constant, reliable airflow can be achieved regardless of the number of outlets.

 Pathfinder ST-10 Mechanical Component Diagram

Heavy Duty Cart

The 5-link mechanical steering uses the Ackerman steering principal by which the inner wheel turns more sharply than the outer wheel.  This combined with a long hitch allows the cart to mimic the travel of the leading implement with a higher degree of precision. The high clearance axle allows the cart to follow application toolbars in standing crop without causing damage to the rows.  Large diameter tires allow for row-crop tracking while minimizing compaction.

A tow hitch can be added for towing anhydrous ammonia tanks as well.

TECHNICAL SPECS.

CHASSIS

Wheel Hub: 10 Bolt

Standard Tire: 380 / 90 R46 173D

Optional Row Crop Tire: 800 / 65 R32

Optional Floatation Tire: 800 / 65 R32

Compatible Fertilizer System: ST-6

Chassis: 6 ton rated base cart

Axle Spacing Options:
- 120 inches (20 inch, 30 inch rows)
- 132 inches (22 inch rows)
- 144 inches (36 inch rows)
- 152 inches (38 inch rows)
- 160 inches (40 inch rows)

Steering: Standard: Patented implement guided mechanical steering - 5-point mechanical tie-rod links

HOPPER

Hopper Capacity: 185 cu ft 6 Tons

Tank Configuration: One compartment

METERING

- Plastic peg meters rollers with brush for self cleaning

- Manual hopper bottom shut-off slide gates

- PWM Valve

- Meter encoder, Fan speed sensor, Bin level sensor

- Low rate rollers available

HYDRAULIC REQUIREMENTS

- Requires 30-42 gpm @ 2800 psi (single fan or dual fan)

- Case drain required

- Hoses to tractor not included

OPTIONS

- Tow hitch for anhydrous ammonia carts

- Adaptor hitch for pickups

PHOTOS