Pax­ton Plow DT7 chisel plough

Pax­ton Plow de­vel­ops new DT7 series chisel plough

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The new Pax­ton Plow DT7 series chisel plough is heav­ier and stronger than be­fore, and has bro­ken ground for the first time in Min­genew, Western Aus­tralia.

Prone to hard­pans, Min­genew’s com­pressed yel­low san­dover-clay af­fects root devel­op­ment, mois­ture up­take and yields, re­quir­ing the land to be deep-ripped to com­bat the prob­lem.

Asked by a lo­cal farmer to de­velop a stur­dier plough with longer tines, and a bet­ter un­der­frame clear­ance to com­bat block­ages and tough ter­rain, Pax­ton Plow Co came up with the DT7 series chisel plough.

Pax­ton Plow’s Wade Smith says the DT7 Series devel­op­ment showed how the com­pany was suc­cess­fully lo­cally en­gi­neer­ing and build­ing ma­chines for lo­cal Aus­tralian con­di­tions.

“The plow’s weight and strength are built into the frame and the dual wheels have been spec­i­fied to carry that weight eas­ily,” Smith says.

“The tines, while based on the prin­ci­ples used in the SR Series plow tines, have a mod­i­fied trip-head de­sign and more ma­te­rial in the top half of the shank. This is where their strength to han­dle depths up to 750mm comes from – 250mm more than the 500mm the well-re­spected SR Series is de­signed for.”

Set to work at a farm in Min­genew, the farm owner says the new Pax­ton Plow DT7 plough has over­come is­sues 30 years’ old.

“We’ve been deep rip­ping for 30 years and we’ve al­ways had is­sues with other ma­chines, mainly block­age prob­lems be­cause the tines were too short and the frame clear­ance was in­ad­e­quate,” the owner says.

“While some peo­ple say after you’ve ripped two or three times the go­ing gets eas­ier, but that isn’t our ex­pe­ri­ence here.

“Some­times it’s easy and other years it’s like pulling the rip­per through con­crete, so, you don’t know what it will be like and you need a pretty ro­bust ma­chine for the hard years,” he adds.

In say­ing that, Pax­ton Plow says the new DT7 plough is heav­ier and stronger than its SR Series plough brothers with the DT7 plough ca­pa­ble of work­ing as deep as 750mm. The farm’s usual deep-rip­ping and spade cul­ti­va­tion pro­gram reaches down to about 350mm, which is then fol­lowed by di­rect drilling.

With pre­vi­ous ploughs un­able to break though the tough hard­pans of Min­genew, the farm op­er­a­tor is happy with the per­for­mance of the DT7 series plough.

“A test run showed it went into the ground like it was sup­posed to and did what it was sup­posed to – per­fectly sat­is­fac­tory,” he says.

The DT7 will truly get to work next au­tumn, pre­par­ing ground for the 2018 crop of lupins, wheat and canola.

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