6 October 1995

Debut for Italian combo air drill

MAKING its Irish debut at the All Ireland Ploughing match was the Italian-built Sicma King combination air drill, distributed by Kane and McPherson of Ballycastle, Co Antrim for UK importer, EF Weaving.

A feature of the tractor-mounted design is the positioning of the seed hopper which, placed immediately above the power harrow and as close to the tractor as possible, reduces tractor lift requirement. The fan, which is placed in front of the hopper, is driven by Vee-belt from a pulley on the 1000rpm (optional 540rpm) input.

Available in 3m and 4m working widths, drilling depth for the Suffolk-type coulters is controlled by a hydraulic ram – the same ram also employed to lift coulters clear of the ground if the unit is used purely for power harrowing.

Drive to the seed metering unit is by land wheel with an RDS monitoring system providing the operator with metering shaft speed. The RDS system also monitors fan speed, seed level, forward speed and tramlining sequence.

If the powerharrow is to be used as a solo machine, the drill unit can be demounted in less than 10 minutes, claims the manufacturer. Stands are lowered, the fan belt and two pins removed and the powerharrow is on its own.

Price of the 3m version is listed at £10,500 and the 4m, £12,800.

Continuous operation and accuracy for the Loadrite system.

Forward positioning of the hopper reduces tractor lift requirement.