John Berends S tine cul­ti­va­tor

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SOME TIME ago, I used this au­gust news­pa­per as a plat­form to sub­tly com­plain about the lack of ac­tion in trans­lat­ing my Farm World field day ma­chin­ery pur­chases to ac­tual shiny steel in my yard.

In­stant grat­i­fi­ca­tion, such things are not. Which is funny, given that when you walk around a field day sur­rounded by temp­ta­tion, the phys­i­cal pres­ence of ev­ery­thing a ma­chin­ery en­thu­si­ast could dream of does con­vey the ex­act op­po­site. Such is life.

Any­way; ev­ery­one held up their end of the bar­gain as promised, and some­time later my cul­ti­va­tor con­ve­niently ar­rived on a Fri­day night, for a Satur­day of tillage.

The things you look for­ward to when you work in an of­fice!

For those catch­ing up, it’s a 2.8m stan­dard duty, John Berends S tine cul­ti­va­tor.

De­spite the pro­lific na­ture of these ma­chines, there’s not much to be found about them on­line. Am I the only one that looks?

Even pho­tos are as rare as hen’s teeth (se­ri­ously guys, do we need so much pix­e­la­tion in 2017?).

I wanted a ma­chine that can do pri­mary cul­ti­va­tion right through to seedbed prepa­ra­tion. Bud­get be­ing what it is, speed discs, power har­rows, and com­bi­na­tions of ma­chines are all out; it has to be one cheap, ver­sa­tile ma­chine.

We all know what those usu­ally end up do­ing: noth­ing well. So I bought this S tine on lit­tle more than the sales­man’s as­sur­ance that ‘of course it will’ do a good job of pri­mary cul­ti­va­tion; de­spite var­i­ous sug­ges­tions else­where that this is a ma­chine for af­ter the off­set discs have done their job.

So, read­ers on a bud­get: I’m about to ex­po­nen­tially in­crease the amount of in­ter­net­search­able in­for­ma­tion on the topic. You’re wel­come!

Did it do a good job? By and large, it did. The first pass was the tough­est, and main­tain­ing an ad­e­quate speed (over 8km/h) was dif­fi­cult when I could see the very soul of my old Ford 7700 be­ing blown out its ex­haust.

If the Ford was a liv­ing beast, I think it’d see it­self as the hardy moun­tain pony in The Man From Snowy River. The pad­dock was scratched up, but not ex­actly ploughed.

With the need to cut across the orig­i­nal pass on the se­cond, I chick­ened out and hooked up the trusty Deutz.

More power, more weight, more com­fort­able run­ning it hard.

Cut­ting across at 90 de­grees on the se­cond pass, and 45 de­grees on the third, re­ally made progress. Af­ter 3 passes, I had a de­cent seedbed, and the only real is­sues were trash build up un­der the ma­chine as it worked.

A cou­ple more might have helped, but week­ends are al­ways too short. If it’s a rel­a­tively small acreage, and you en­joy the trac­tor work, this ma­chine will do a good job for you.

Now it’s parked up for a year, and I’m back on the in­ter­net won­der- ing if those hay ac­cu­mu­la­tors are re­ally all they’re cracked up to be… When’s Elmore on?

• John Drop­pert has no me­chan­i­cal qual­i­fi­ca­tions what­so­ever, but has been pas­sion­ate about trac­tors since be­fore he could talk and has op­er­ated many dif­fer­ent makes and mod­els in a va­ri­ety of roles for both profit and fun.

A shiny new 2.8m stan­dard duty, John Berends S tine cul­ti­va­tor on a Ford 7700, ready to go.

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