9 July 1999

Seed drill can handle 8m unit

AN 8m Sow Low drill unit is now available to fit the self-propelled RB 25 Bateman in addition to its more normal demount fertiliser and sprayer units.

Based on the existing 6m version with Accord tool carrier, the coulter section folds into three parts, rather than two, for transport.

A 2.5t hopper delivers seed into an Accord metering unit which uses adjustable fluted gears to adjust seed rates. In turn, these are speed varied according to feedback from a land wheel driven from one of the machines tyres.

Air, produced by a single fan, is used to blow seed down two delivery pipes which, within a distribution head, are then split into 64 tubes – one for each coulter.

The drill unit itself is raised and lowered hydraulically while a heavy duty chain enables it to float when working in undulating terrain.

Bateman says the hopper can be mounted in under 15 minutes by removing four securing bolts and, on arrival in the field, the machine can be set up for work in under a minute.

Power for the self-propelled unit is supplied by a 170hp John Deere engine driving through a two-speed hydrostatic transmission.

Prices are from £20,000. &#42