19 August 1997

Drill conversions – no problem for Lodgeway

DRILL conversions and refurbishment are a growing part of the Lodgeway Tractor Companys workload.

Its latest achievement, an Accord conversion on a customers Carrier cultivator drill (Machinery, July 25), was put through its paces at Cultivations 97.

"The feedback Ive had so far from owner Mr Gibson of Bell Farm, Colesden, Beds, is that the drill has completed about 80ha (200 acres) of rape without problem and crop establishment is good and even," explains Lodgeways managing director Chris Rook.

Conversion of the 6m (20ft) Carrier machine was not straightforward, but with all the existing drilling components removed to leave a bare cultivator, suitable Accord equipment could be matched up to the machine.

Working around the cultivators folding wing sections, Lodgeway first installed two drill hoppers, then calculated fan capacity to match two seeding units.

The next problem to overcome was the land-wheel drive system to provide output for the drills twin seed metering units. It needed a free-wheel unit to accommodate reversing the trailed drill and prevent attempts to turn the seed-wheels backwards.

"What couldnt be bought was made in the workshop," explains Mr Rook.

And the final cost of the conversion? "About £12,500," says Mr Rook.n

Lodgeway Tractor Companys drill refurb/conversion business saw Accord drilling equipment applied to this 6m (20ft) Carrier cultivator drill.