Direct drilling specialist Dale Drills will launch a new 12m version of its flagship Eco Drill at LAMMA 2016.
The Eco Max has been developed to meet increasing demand from large farms and contractors, both here in the UK and in Eastern Europe.
With a daily output of 100 hectares, the new model uses the Eco Drill’s seeding system to sow directly into uncultivated stubbles or into min-till and conventional seedbeds.
A key feature of the drill is that it needs a tractor of just 240hp-300hp to pull it – around 20hp for every metre. Most drills of a similar width require between 40hp-50hp per metre.Its low draught, 12mm wide, long-life tungsten carbide tipped boron steel tines cause minimal disturbance, helping to maintain good soil structure.
The drill, which is equipped with 96 seeding tines mounted on 48 drilling assemblies, attached to the chassis in three rows of 16, works to a depth of 100mm. It weighs 9,979kg and is 9.76m long – 1.2m longer than the existing Eco Drill.
The drilling assemblies are attached to a new A frame which is 275mm longer than that of the Eco Drill. The new design ensures a huge inter-tine clearance of 750mm, allowing crop residue to flow through easily, while row spacing can be adjusted from 125mm to 250mm for cereals and up to 500mm for oilseed rape.
Parallel linkages and variable hydraulic pressure – controlled by Dale Drills’ own adjustable self-cleaning press wheel system – provide unbeatable contour following capabilities in all conditions and soil types, ensuring seed depth is consistent.
The drill’s outer sections fold hydraulically, giving a transport width of just under 3m, with a height of 3.95m.
The Eco Max comes with a 5,500 litre hopper – the equivalent of about four tonnes – which can be split between seed and fertiliser. Its four metering units can be switched on and off as required, giving the drill 3m sectional control, depending on options.
James Dale, who runs Dale Drills with his brother Tom, said: “It’s something that we’ve been looking to develop for quite a while but up until now there just hasn’t been the demand. But interest has been growing in the last two or three years. People are starting to see the benefit of having a wider machine – increasing output, reducing costs and keeping the trafficked area in fields to an absolute minimum, helping with compaction and protecting the soil.”