New developments in cultivation equipment have revolutionised the way farmers prepare seedbeds. Maschio Gaspardo has taken the lead with the combination of discs and tines in its Dracula Hydro. In a single pass Dracula Hydro handles crop residues, soil aeration, levelling, and preparation of the seedbed.
The double row of front discs cuts the crop residues and mixes it with the soil, for faster decomposition. The discs’ working depth can be adjusted hydraulic-ally while moving. Once the soil and crop residues are properly mixed, it is better aerated. This improves the biochemical properties of the soil and, in colder climates, it speeds up the seedbed heating to support quick plant emergence.
The purpose of the rows of tines in the central section is to break the deeper and more compacted stratum, remix the surface and create porosity in favour of aeration.
The new Hydro version is equipped with hydraulic pistons replacing the traditional dual spring absorbers. This improvement guarantees efficiency on tough grounds as the tines are now firmly in place up to maximum 900 loading kilograms against 700 kilograms of the previous version with double springs.
This strength, unique in the category of combined cultivators, ensures a constant performance in all conditions, avoiding the risk of cultivating some areas shallower than others. Working depth is hydraulically adjustable and can vary from 8 to 30 cm.
The inclination of the tines has been designed to allow better penetration, also in tough soils, while the high clearance of the frame ensures a perfect flow of soil and residue.
The final section consists of a set of inclined discs that remove possible ridges left by the tines. The rear roller breaks the big clods, levels and consolidates the ground, and prepares an optimal seedbed as the final refinement. Dracula Hydro notched discs have a large diameter of 610 mm and are 6 mm thick. They are made of boron and high strength steel, and guarantee homogeneous work. The concave shape performs a better mixture of soil and residues. The mounting angle of 22°, the shape and the spacing between discs guarantee an excellent cutting quality and residue burial, even under the most difficult conditions.
The positions of tines and discs have been developed to complement one another along the entire working width to form a perfect, homogeneous seedbed.
The deeply grooved rings of the large rear roller (600 mm diameter) break down clods, level the soil, and form an even, firm seedbed perfect for planting. Large tungsten carbide coated scrapers enables the roller to work even in non-optimal soil conditions.
Dracula Hydro can easily run on the road. During transport, its 3-metre width and tyre dimensions (700/60-R22.5) ensure excellent manoeuvrability.
The hydro-pneumatic drive of the three sections allows immediate and accurate tractor adjustment with the possibility to use the machine in different conditions and for different purposes. The unnecessary elements can indeed be easily excluded.
The final good news is that Dracula Hydro is now available in versions with a free axle, with a pneumatic braking axle and with a hydraulic double-line braking axle, the last two versions complying with the specifications of the European Mother Regulations.
For more information, visit the website www.maschio.com, or contact your local Namibian dealer, Golden Pastures Agri Trading CC on +26-481-790-4197, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.