New 6m Clay­don drill at LAMMA

Irish Examiner - Farming - - MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT - Ja­son Webb

Clay­don will ex­hibit its new 6m T6c com­pact trailed drill at LAMMA in Birm­ing­ham next month. This ad­di­tion to their trailed range of 3-8m drills is over 20% lighter and more com­pact than their stan­dard T6, which was de­signed for larger farms and con­trac­tors to make full use of its 5,500-litre ca­pac­ity.

Jeff Clay­don said, “It com­bines the high out­put of a 6m seed­ing plat­form with the nim­ble han­dling char­ac­ter­is­tics and ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity of our 4m T4 trailed drill, on which it is based. We be­lieve that the new model will prove very pop­u­lar with farm­ers in the UK and other coun­tries who value the com­bi­na­tion of lower cost and greater ma­noeu­vra­bil­ity over ul­ti­mate hop­per ca­pac­ity and out­put.” Ca­pa­ble of drilling 45 hectares per day be­hind a 300hp trac­tor, the T6c is car­ried on the lower link arms and has a fully-float­ing seed­ing chas­sis which fol­lows field con­tours re­gard­less of weight in the hop­per, which is car­ried on a sep­a­rate frame on cen­trally-mounted depth wheels that run on clean, dry, un­cul­ti­vated ground, to avoid capping and compaction. Pro­vid­ing a hop­per ca­pac­ity of 3,500-litres, dou­ble that of Clay­don’s 6m mounted drill, the T6c weighs about 7000kg un­laden, com­pared with the T6’s 9000kg. The hop­per can be used for seed only or 60:40 for seed and fer­tiliser com­bi­na­tion drilling, a tech­nique be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar s through­out Europe and Scan­di­navia, to get crops off to a fast start.

The new drill can be adapted to suit dif­fer­ent crops and con­di­tions. what­ever the cus­tomer re­quires. There’s the stan­dard tine set-up with a va­ri­ety of coulter and seed­ing boot op­tions. Or fer­tiliser placed down the front or rear tine, or front shoul­dered cut­ting discs or press wheels. At the rear, the dou­ble tool­bar can be equipped with a range of press wheel, board and har­row con­fig­u­ra­tions to fully cover seed and leave the soil smooth and level.

The T6c folds to 2.97m for trans­port. Stan­dard fea­tures in­clude sin­gle-point depth con­trol, a stain­less-steel Kver­neland me­ter­ing sys­tem, and an ISO- Bus-com­pat­i­ble RDS Artemis con­trol sys­tem for tram­lin­ing and vari­able seed rate ca­pa­bil­ity. In­cluded are a hy­drauli­cal­ly­driven fan, Clay­don-de­signed distri­bu­tion heads for im­proved flow and seed­ing ac­cu­racy, a tram­line kit, and hop­per cover. Op­tions in­clude a vi­sion kit of work lights and cam­eras so that the op­er­a­tor can mon­i­tor the drill from the trac­tor cab; GPS vari­able-rate seed­ing; block­age sen­sors; pre-emer­gence mark­ers; and brakes.

With a hop­per ca­pac­ity of 3,500 litres, the T6c can drill 45 hectares per day be­hind a 300hp trac­tor.

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