The Firminator is by far the most versatile piece of equipment in the industry. The operator can choose from a wide range of angle and pitch adjustments to perform many different functions. If a site is to be planted for the first time and is heavy with debris, the disk angles can be set aggressively along with a heavy forward tilt of the entire unit for deeper disk penetration. If a minimal till operation is desired, then the angles and pitch can be adjusted to just slightly cut through top litter without disturbing the soil excessively. A common question we get is do I need to disk the soil with other equipment first before using The Firminator? The answer is NO! The Firminator will do all the necessary work of planting a food plot from start to finish
The main pitch adjustment of the unit is controlled through the top link of the three point connection. By shortening the top link adjustment, the Firminator is leaned more heavily onto its disk assembly and thus provides a deeper cut. A mid range setting will give varying degrees of disk depth while still allowing the cultipacker to maintain good ground contact and continue to break apart clods while leveling and firming the soil. By lengthening the top link even more, the disks can be carried up off the ground allowing the cultipacker to roll on the soil with additional frame weight being transferred to it. This is ideal for passing over the field to firm up the seed bed prior to planting small seed, and also for the seeding pass itself, where seed is dropping directly in front of the packer wheel where it is pressed into the soil surface for perfect contact.
The disk angles are adjusted easily by the removal of a pin and sliding the pivoting disk beam to one of many holes on an arc: Choose from straight, 5, 10, 15, and 20 degree angle settings. You may set the aggressiveness of the disk angles suitable to loosen your particular soil type and situation. We recommend using the straight or a minimal angle for lightly opening thatch and soil to perform over seeding without disturbing existing forages. It is this method also that allows for "no-till" type seeding.
The disk blades of the Firminator food plot implement are heavy, 18", notched 9-gauge steel. One very beneficial feature is that our disk blades are spaced at 6 spacing with custom made iron disk spools. Competitors disks are spaced at the standard 7-1/2" distance. This translates into more disk blades across the width of The Firminator (12 on the six foot unit) which results in a more thorough cut into the soil which in turn means fewer passes to get great results! The Firminator comes standard with disk blade scrapers to prevent mud and vegetation build-up, and an adjustable center-ripper shank to cut the margin of soil between the two center blades. This shank is depth adjustable, and removes with two pins. The disk axles are carried in triple-sealed replaceable bearings, and feature cast-iron spools for weight and durability
Each Firminator comes standard with 9" diameter cultipacker wheels, and are now available with a 16" diameter upgrade. The new 16" cultipacker upgrade will be very beneficial for use on sandy or extremely loose soils. The larger diameter will prevent soil from flowing up and over the wheels. The larger wheels will effectively overtake and cultipack the sandiest and flour-like silty soils.
The cultipacker is a very important component for proper food plot installation. The heavy, notched, cast-iron cultipacker wheels are proven to eliminate air space, pulverize clods and level the soil while providing a beautifully prepared, firm seed bed. This is essential for achieving high germination rates. Small seeds should be applied on top of a cultipacked seed bed while larger seeds can be cultipacked into loose soil to cover them and provide great soil contact. The Firminator got its name from the resulting seed bed that it produces! Each unit is also equipped with a series of cultipacker scrapers to keep the assembly clean and rolling in even less than ideal conditions.
The Accu-Seed System is another incredible feature of The Firminator. It handles seeds of all sizes from the tiniest of clovers up to corn, soybeans, peas, sunflowers and everything in between! It is this versatility that makes it an excellent choice for todays land managers and can be used to properly install food plots, filter strips, pastures, lawns, and other conservation plantings. Because the system is ground driven, the seed is metered out relative to the speed you are traveling. When the Firminator stops rolling, the seed stops falling. No more wasted, expensive seed! You may fill the seed hopper and adjust the metering openings by moving the linkage handle on the back of the seed box. An indicator on the handle shows the seed size selections in one-sixteenth inch graduations. Simply set the size for the largest seed in the hopper, and the metering system will dispense the seed at the generally accepted rate. It almost sounds too simple!
When you are ready to dispense the seed, open the small access door on the side of the frame, pull and turn the small pin one-quarter turn and release! This engages the metering shaft and seed will now be allowed to fall as the Firminator begins to roll. The seed is dropped into a specially designed seed baffle that thoroughly distributes the seed right in front of the culti-packer and also protects the seed from wind deflection. You know exactly how wide your seeding pattern is, once again eliminating guessing and waste.
An optional seed hopper agitator is available. This agitator is useful for keeping seed thoroughly mixed and preventing small seeds from sifting through too quickly when custom mixing seeds of extreme size differences. Most commercially prepared seed blends DO NOT necessitate the agitator option.
Other quality features of Firminator are: Greasable flange bearings, 3" square tubing frame, heavy plate steel flanges, durable, attractive powder-coat finish, stainless steel metering shafts, bronze bushings for lubrication and durability, adjustable chain tensioners, and simplicity of use.
The Firminator is not advertised as a "one-pass-does-it-all" implement, but instead as 3 tools on one piece of equipment. The operator has the flexibility to perform tasks one at a time or simultaneously. Certain planting situations do allow you to disk, drop seed, and cultipack all at the same time. You choose what tasks you want your Firminator to perform! One hook up with one piece of equipment to do all your food plot tillage and planting chores. The Firminator food plot implement is the ideal piece of equipment for hunting food plots and deer management. Regardless of your food plot needs and demands, The Firminator G-3 is the choice of top wildlife habitat professionals and enthusiasts today.
Posted by Matt Duffy on Nov 6th 2015
"I had the pleasure of using the 6' Firminator this past fall. To say this was the best piece of plotting equipment I have ever seen would be a huge understatement. The Firminator is built better than any other food plot implement I have ever seen. We used it in some of the hardest roughest dirt in North America. I had my doubts as we began and the unit was taking a pretty good beating, but Tom said "carry on, it will be fine". Well, I did and it was. You can do just about anything with the Firminator. We used it to disc up a 3 acre plot that I had been over 3 times with a 10' disc. I wish I hadn't wasted my time with the big disc, because the Firminator did more in one pass than my disc did in 3!! It's amazing how aggressive this thing can be when you set it to the max cut! We have been doing food plots for several years, but this is the first year we actually had some really nice plots. I attribute 100% of our success to the Firminator. Especially considering we went 63 days after planting before we had a rain. You cannot go wrong with the Firminator. I promise it will be the best money you have ever spent if you are in the food plotting business. Feel free to call me with questions or to see pictures of our plots."
-Matt Duffy, Manager, The Country Lodge
Posted by Michael Grassley on Nov 6th 2015
"In my business of operating a wildlife management business, it is important to be mobile and efficient. The Firminator allows me to minimize the amount of equipment that I need to haul from farm to farm by providing several implements in one. It has also proved to be well constructed, handling the use that it undergoes. The Firminator plants virtually any seed or seed blend within a well prepared seed bed at rates that provide optimal coverage minimizing seed loss. Overall, The Firminator is a quality implement that has proved very beneficial for me."
-Michael Grassley, Plots Plus Of The Midwest, LLC
Posted by Stu Lewis on Nov 6th 2015
"I knew when I bought my new six foot Firminator (at the Quality Deer Management convention) last year that I had bought a quality machine. What I didn't realize was that I also got a first class company and that companies employees to go along with that machine anytime I needed them. Here at Cedar Ridge Plantation we have a lot of equipment. We have several John Deere tractors, grain drills, and just about every other type of farm equipment you might need to manage 4000 acres of quality wildlife habitat. Of all the farm equipment that we own none even come close to what your company brings to the table as far as service. As far as my Firminator goes, what an amazing piece of equipment. That piece of equipment has allowed me to put food plots in places efficiently, that were next to impossible to do before. You should call the Firminator the "time machine". I now can go into a remote area with one piece of equipment and get the work done I used to do with four pieces of equipment. Doing work like that is not only fun but it is also fuel efficient and saves an enormous amount of time and money. Great job guys, keep up the good work and get busy designing something else we can use at our farm. Please feel free to use my name as a reference and if people want to see the type food plots your machine is capable of doing have them check out our website at cedarridgeplantation.com. Thank you again for a breath of fresh air in the quality of your product and the quality of your service."
Stu Lewis, Cedar Ridge Plantation LLC.