soil mas­ter

Bal­dan tan­dem off­set disc ploughs are prov­ing pop­u­lar with Ser­afin Ma­chin­ery cus­tomers

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ABrazil­ian-made Bal­dan GCRTI 70 tan­dem off­set disc plough has been im­prov­ing a Grif­fith farmer’s dry­land and ir­ri­ga­tion cul­ti­va­tion since he bought it through Ser­afin Ma­chin­ery in 2013.

With the frame be­ing man­u­fac­tured from 10mm and 12mm steel, the im­ple­ments are both struc­turally sound and heavy enough to en­ter hard ground at a re­spectable depth.

They are also able to get deeper into the soil due to smaller spools, and can han­dle wet soil and heavy residue thanks to disk-clean­ing scrap­ers.

“When I need to work up ground prior to laser lev­el­ling my bays, I put the GCRTI in deep and it does a great job,” farmer Robert Ar­minini says. “Pen­e­tra­tion is ex­cel­lent and leaves a very level finish.

“And the oil bath bear­ings are great,” he adds. “They are very low main­te­nance; much bet­ter than pre­vi­ous ploughs I have had with greasable bear­ings. No mat­ter what sit­u­a­tion I have put the Bal­dan into, re­gard­less of soil type, it has per­formed very well.”

Ser­afin says this abil­ity to per­form ex­cel­lent work in all types of soils is due in large de­gree to the spe­cial con­cav­ity of the Bal­dan discs which align to the weight of the disc x-work­ing an­gle.

Bal­dan has been build­ing agri­cul­tural equip­ment since the 1950s, and now has a pres­ence in over 60 coun­tries.

Grif­fith-based Ser­afin Ma­chin­ery has been Aus­tralia’s sole im­porter of Bal­dan equip­ment since 2008, and says the build qual­ity of Bal­dan’s ploughs has helped drive cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion over the past decade.

FEWER PASSES

An­other cus­tomer happy to pro­vide a tes­ti­mo­nial is Frank Quar­isa from Bil­bul, just out­side Grif­fith, who has been a fan of tan­dem discs for a while but was in­ter­ested in see­ing how an off­set per­formed.

He ended up only need­ing one pass with the Bal­dan CRIA-48 to achieve the same re­sult as two passes with his pre­vi­ous tan­dem.

“It was ex­actly what I was look­ing for – a level job with ex­cel­lent bury­ing of stub­ble,” Quar­isa says. “The Bal­dan CRIA48 is one of the best pur­chases I have made on my farm.”

Quar­isa has also been con­tract­ing with his new off­set Bal­dan for his neigh­bours, who are just as im­pressed with the job qual­ity. Word of mouth means a lot in the agri­cul­ture in­dus­try, and Ser­afin deal­ers reg­u­larly re­port cus­tomers walk­ing in specif­i­cally ask­ing about Bal­dan prod­ucts af­ter hav­ing the brand rec­om­mended to them.

SEED­ING AC­CU­RACY

Bal­dan ploughs, while a large part of Ser­afin’s busi­ness, aren’t the only prod­ucts the dealer pro­vides. In­creas­ing numbers of farm­ers are be­gin­ning to un­der­stand the im­por­tance of ac­cu­rate seed place­ment, which is pro­vid­ing im­proved ger­mi­na­tion, con­sis­tency and early crop vigour.

Ser­afin says the Se­meato dou­ble disc opener – which is also Brazilian made – pro­vides some of the most ac­cu­rate seed place­ment avail­able on the mar­ket, as well as the ver­sa­til­ity to suit al­most any sow­ing con­di­tion.

One cus­tomer who bought a Se­meato TDNG 420 no-till seeder from Ser­afin is Bal­moral live­stock farmer, crop­per and con­trac­tor Justin Weaver, who says he was drawn to the ma­chine for its de­sign and nar­row 3m trans­port width.

“It is amaz­ing the amount of time I save by hav­ing the hy­draulic end tow,” he says. “It’s great be­ing able to change from work­ing to trans­port po­si­tion in 60 sec­onds; noth­ing on the mar­ket comes even close.”

Weaver says the TDNG 420 also han­dles the vary­ing types of ground it has to con­tend with in the south-western Vic­to­rian re­gion.

“Around here we have a wide va­ri­ety of soil types, and the Se­meato can han­dle them all,” he says. “I have found the more cover it has got to sow through, the bet­ter the job it does.”

BIRTHDAY CEL­E­BRA­TION

On Ser­afin’s 20th birthday, the com­pany launched one of its own prod­ucts, the Ulti­sow Nar­row Fold Se­ries 2 sin­gle-disc seeder.

Ser­afin Ma­chin­ery sales man­ager Rod­ney Dunn says the Nar­row Fold is con­ve­nient and ac­cu­rate.

“With a work­ing width up to 7m, nar­row trans­port width of 3m, and row spac­ing down to 165mm, the Nar­row Fold is prov­ing it­self to be the per­fect planter for pas­tures as well as winter ce­re­als,” he says.

In Vic­to­ria, the nar­row fold has al­ready made a good im­pres­sion on Greta South con­trac­tor Scott Flan­ni­gan, who, af­ter pur­chas­ing his ma­chine in early 2015, did over 1800 hectares within the first 12 months.

“I wanted some­thing that had close row spac­ing, was strong and re­li­able, and some­thing that was easy to trans­port,” he says. “The Ulti­sow Nar­row fold ticks all these boxes.

“This is the only ma­chine I have ever used where I can leave a pad­dock and be com­pletely sat­is­fied with the re­sult. The ger­mi­na­tion is the best I have seen and I am pick­ing up more work be­cause of it.” For more in­for­ma­tion call 1300 737 586, find Ser­afin Ma­chin­ery on Face­book, or visit ser­afin­ma­chin­ery.com.au

The GCRTI Su­per is a new model in­tro­duced in 2016

Be­low: Ser­afin’s own Ulti­sow Nar­row Fold Se­ries 2 sin­gle-disc seeder

Above: The Se­meato TDNG 420 no-till seeder used by Justin Weaver

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