25 September 1998

One-pass stubble to seed-bed cultivation

A ONE pass stubble-to-seedbed-cultivator which both incorporates soil and crop residue, and loosens the ground to plough depth has been introduced by Tim Howard Engineering, Littleport, Cambs.

Called the Maxi-Tilth it was unveiled at last weeks Cultivations 98 working demonstration in Norfolk.

"Not only is the implement an alternative to multi-pass seed-bed creation systems such as discing and pressing," says Tim Howard, "its action also combines the benefits of chisel ploughing and plough pan breaking, in one operation."

The trailed Maxi-Tilth is available in three working widths 2.5m, 3m and 4m (8, 10, 13ft). At the business end, twin banks of mixing tines first loosen the soil, before clod breaking takes place with a star press roller.

This is followed by another, single, bank of tines, with final seed-bed firming carried out by a packer roller. Working depth of the front and rear tine banks is set hydraulically and the Maxi-Tilth has a power requirement of about 60hp/m.

Future plans include the attachment of a drill to the unit, the price of which starts at £8700.

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