New 6m Claydon drill at LAMMA
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.