6 December 1996

Trend towards tined cultivators goes on

WHY stir it, when a tickle will do? The shift away from power harrows to lower running cost/gentler action, tined cultivators seems to be continuing.

"Thats not to say theres no place for the power harrow," says Quivognes Tony Clowes. "But more farms are now using them only in bad conditions when theres no other, lower cost alternative."

Aiming to cash in on this interest in tined combination cultivators, Quivogne has extended its line-up with the introduction of the 4.2-6m (13ft8in-20ft) wide Preparator.

Based on the firms mounted Combine-Semi, the Preparator is a heavier machine and, as such, is trailed. From the front it comprises a 490mm (20in) front coil, spiked rotor, levelling bar, four rows of straight tines, a 300mm (12in) scalloped front roller and a 350mm (14in) croskillette roller at the rear.

Mr Clowes reckons there are two main uses for the Preparator – either to speed up the operation of high output, tined combination drills such as the Vaderstad Rapid or Simba Freeflow, or as a standard secondary cultivation in front of a conventional drill.

"People tend to underestimate the number of conventional drills still sold in the UK," he says.

&#8226 Reinforcing this sentiment, Ferrag introduced yet another version of Accords popular DV air drill at Smithfield.

At 8m (26ft) wide, the firms largest folding model can be used either as a stand-alone unit or coupled onto the back of a combination cultivator.

Supplied with a 2000-litre (440gal) grain hopper, the drill is priced from £23,617. Power requirement is 130hp.

Coils, tines and rollers combine on the Quivogne Preparator. Prices start at £7725 for the 4.2m model (without coil) and rise to £12,520 for the 6m range-topper.