Wider and faster

We can ex­pect to see the new Pöt­tinger Ter­radiscs at next year’s Nampo, says Joe Spencer.

Farmer's Weekly (South Africa) - - Contents - FW

Pöt­tinger Ter­radiscs, very wide, high-speed disc har­rows, were launched at Agritech­nica in Hanover last year. Ac­cord­ing to Ge­orge Cil­liers, sales man­ager at Val­trac Parys, the South African dis­trib­u­tors for Pöt­tinger, they are sched­uled to go on sale here early in 2019.

Pöt­tinger claims that the new Ter­radisc 8001 T and 10001 T, with work­ing widths of 8m and 10m re­spec­tively, can in­cor­po­rate har­vest residue un­der vary­ing op­er­at­ing con­di­tions with­out block­ages, even with high lev­els of straw and mulch.

With a work­ing speed of up to 18km/h, the 10m-wide Ter­radisc can cover about 15ha/h. The uni­form, shal­low work­ing depth and op­ti­mal pack­ing ef­fect pro­duce a per­fect seedbed. The com­pact de­sign and ag­gres­sive disc an­gle en­sure re­li­able pen­e­tra­tion and thor­ough mix­ing of the soil and crop residue.

Twin-arm sys­tem

To achieve a uni­form sur­face fin­ish and the best mix of soil and veg­e­ta­tion, Pöt­tinger has op­ti­mised the ge­om­e­try, size, mount­ing an­gle and pen­e­tra­tion an­gle of the discs.

Two solid-forged car­rier arms are welded to a very wide clamp­ing bracket, en­sur­ing that the discs al­ways main­tain their po­si­tion and an­gle. The hy­drauli­cally con­trolled depth set­ting, with jockey wheels (op­tional on the 8001 T, stan­dard on the 10001 T), is easy to ad­just for low draft, good pen­e­tra­tion and an ex­cel­lent tilth that in­cor­po­rates all the crop residue.

When turn­ing at the end of the land, the trailed Ter­radisc T is raised and car­ried on the rear roller so that its weight is dis­trib­uted across the en­tire work­ing width. This helps re­duce com­paction on the head­land.

Three dou­ble-act­ing hy­draulic re­motes are used to pre-se­lect the func­tions. An ISOBUS com­pat­i­ble con­trol sys­tem and load-sens­ing hy­draulics are op­tional. Pöt­tinger can sup­ply the new EX­PERT 75 ISOBUS ter­mi­nal, a con­ve­nient and in­tu­itive sin­gle-handed con­trol sys­tem with a touch­screen and scroll wheel. The ter­mi­nal can be used with all other ISOBUS­com­pat­i­ble ma­chines.

• Joe Spencer is the mech­a­ni­sa­tion ed­i­tor of Farmer’s Weekly. For more in­for­ma­tion on the equip­ment shown in this re­port, email him at farm­er­[email protected]­ton.co.za. Sub­ject line: Equip­ment.

Pho­tos: Pöt­tinger

Joe spencer ABOVE:A va­ri­ety of fol­low­ing rollers is avail­able. These in­clude a cage roller, pack-ring roller, rub­ber packer roller and tan­dem Conoroll.BE­LOW LEFT:The Ter­radisc T chas­sis fea­tures an in­te­grated fold­ing sys­tem for safe road trans­port. The folded height is 4m and the width 3m.BE­LOW:It is im­pos­si­ble for the discs to de­vi­ate to the side, even in heavy soil. The in­di­vid­ual frame sec­tions adapt to ground con­tours.

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