Seen for the first time ever in public at LAMMA 2017, the new 4.8m Claydon Hybrid T4.8 extends the UK manufacturer’s range of trailed drills to five models, covering working widths from 3m to 8m.
Incorporating the patented Claydon in-line tine system, this super-efficient strip-till drill is designed to meet the needs of larger farming and contracting businesses which require high outputs combined with the ultimate in flexibility to tackle any crop establishment situation.
With a typical daily output of 35ha, the T4.8 has a suggested seasonal output of 1200ha and a power requirement of 250hp. It will sow directly into stubble, in min-till situations or on ploughed/cultivated land, across the widest range of soil types, conditions and crops, enabling any crop establishment situation to be handled with just one drill, at a much lower level of capital investment
Like other models in the Claydon Hybrid range the T4.8 can be adapted to whatever the customer requires to suit different crops and conditions. They can choose the standard tine set-up, a twin-tine option instead of the rear seeding tine, have fertiliser placed down the front or rear tine, can replace the leading tine with a cutting disc, or change the seeding tine for the twin-tine kit and replace the leading tine with a twin cutting disc.
Based on the Claydon System of crop establishment, which the company has perfected over the last 15 years, the T4.8 joins the company’s new 3m T3 model (also being launched at LAMMA 2017), together with the existing 4m T4, 6m T6 and 8m T8.
Like all other models in the range, the T4.8 can be used to deliver seed only from its 3500-litre hopper, which can also be divided 60:40 to enable a combination of seed and fertiliser to be delivered to the 15 long-life tungsten carbide leading tines that eliminate compaction, aerate the soil, optimise drainage and create tilth for the seeding zone. The seeding tines which follow create additional tilth and place seed at the optimum depth, above the drainage channel. This highly-effective system encourages deep, complex rooting structures to develop quickly, which minimises soil erosion and produces stronger, healthier crops with improved yield potential.
Simple, strong and with huge capacity, the T4.8 measures 8.72m long, 3.3m high and has a road transport width of 2.95m, its design ensuring that in the field 50 per cent of the weight is transferred to the tractor to maximise traction. With a low power requirement of 50hp to 65hp per meter, it incorporates a minimum of moving and wearing parts for low running costs, features quick-fit wearing metal to minimise maintenance and incorporates solidly sprung seeding tines for even drilling depth.
Running on three large, centrally mounted depth wheels fitted with cleated tyres which run on clean, dry, uncultivated ground to ensure excellent depth control and avoid soil capping, the T4.8 features a floating seeding chassis which is independent of the hopper. This design enables the drill to follow contours and level fields, providing ideal conditions for crop establishment and following operations.
The front of the chassis is guided by shouldered cutting discs or the optional press wheels, while the double rear toolbar can be equipped with a range of press wheel, batterboard and harrow configurations to fully cover the seed and leave the soil smooth and level.
Weighing approximately 6000kg, the T4.8 features intuitive controls, is equipped with single-point depth control and includes, as standard, a stainless-steel Claydon metering system and an RDS Artemis control system which provides variable rate seeding capability. The specification also includes a hydraulically-driven fan, tramline kit and double rear toolbar.
Options include GPS-controlled variable rate seeding, fertiliser placement, front tool bar with press wheels or shouldered cutting discs, vision kit (comprising three work cameras and four work lights), stone release system, twin-tine kit and marker arms.