Dale Drills’ award winning range of Eco drills now comes in 4 different layouts each suitable for a different size farm. The tractor mounted Eco-S comes in widths from 3 – 5m and can be fitted with a drill mounted or front mounted hopper.
The Eco-M has seen significant interest since its launch at Cereals 2015 and represents the mid-sized offering available in sizes from 3 – 9m. The M utilises a more orthodox layout than their larger machines with land wheels positioned between the 1st and 2nd row of tines whilst the seed hopper is mounted towards the front of the drill to ensure an even distribution of weight.
The Eco-L is designed for high output drilling and is available in sizes from 6 – 9m. With the seed hopper mounted at the rear of the drill and designed to be wide enough to be filled straight from the average forklift bucket, the company say outputs of up to 200ac/day can be achieved with a 9m drill.
The Eco-XL was launched at Lamma 2016 winning a Certificate of Merit. The XL is available in sizes from 10 – 13.5m and is able to fold down to less than 3m wide and 4m high using a 5 section chassis. Interest from Europe, Russia and Australia in the wider XL has prompted further development to the XL to be released later in 2018.
The drills come as standard with an adjustable row spacing of 12.5 or 25cm, and 50cm as an optional extra. ‘Drilling at 12.5cm allows farmers to increase competition, whilst 25cm reduces disturbance, so the drill can be set to match your preference’, said Director James Dale.
A cover crop cutting disc has also been developed over the last 18 months which improves residue flow through the drill in green covers by cutting a path for the tine to follow. ‘The drill ‘sails’ through thick green cover crops when the cutting disc is fitted, and the tine ensures seed is placed into clean soil. The added benefit of reduced disturbance certainly helps in the battle with blackgrass’, added Mr. Dale.
A banded coulter has also been designed which fits straight onto the back of the existing seed knife. Seed can be banded to almost 100mm and fertiliser (either liquid or granular) can be applied down the centre of each band and to a slightly greater depth. The coulter is made from hardened steel and is fitted with tungsten carbide plates to improve durability.
Dale Drills will be showing their range on stand B73 at LAMMA 2018.