Great Plains X-Press short disc cultivator range at LAMMA '17

Representing the Great Plains tillage equipment range on the stand at LAMMA '17 was a number of machines including trailed and mounted examples of the company’s new X-Press VX short disc cultivator range..
Across the X-Press VX and SLD ranges, the design emphasis is on flexibility, reducing the number of passes and, in some cases, the number or type of cultivation implements required.

Equipped for shallow cultivations, stubble cultivation, residue incorporation and the cultivation and levelling of ploughed land or vegetable ground, the X-Press VX short disc harrow is a versatile machine. It features two rows of discs with fully adjustable disc angling allowing the user to vary how aggressively the soil is worked, which, says Great Plains, is ideal for grass weed control where shallow full width disturbance is required. All X-Press VX models come with a choice of disc diameters to provide the required working depth and varying levels of trash incorporation. In addition, users can choose between SoilRazor and notched cultivation discs to suit various soil and residue conditions such as cover crops.

SoilRazors or notched discs and fully adjustable disc angling are also available on the SLD, which, as part of its disc-tine-disc configuration offers a choice of ProLift hydraulic reset tines capable of working down to depths of 300mm or Low Surface Disturbance (LD) tines.

All X-Press VX models are available with an optional manual or hydraulic levelling board to improve seedbed preparation – a useful feature to have, especially for those who favour plough-based operations. Mounted X-Press units are often specified with the ST Bar. This toolbar transforms the machine into a one-pass cultivator able to restructure the soil and take out compaction caused by harvest traffic, down to a depth of 250mms.

In addition, all Mounted X-Press and SLD models, together with selected models from the firm’s Flatliner range of subsoilers, are available with an optional small seed applicator and following harrow, ideally suited for oilseed rape and cover crop establishment.

An optional rear drawbar on SLD units facilitates the use of a press for additional consolidation and grass weed management.

Integrated ground consolidation across the full X-Press VX range is provided by a choice of rear rollers to suit different conditions and operating needs. SLD cultivators and Flatliner models are equipped as standard with the well-proven DD rear roller, which leaves a corrugated, weather-proof finish.

Designed to shatter deeply embedded compaction layers in order to promote healthy, unimpeded root growth, the Flatliner range, which offers a choice of hydraulic reset and shear bolt models, features a ‘V’ profile toolbar fitted with ProLift loosening tines capable of working down to depths of 350mm or 500mm depending on model selected.

LAMMA 2017

LAMMA is the UK’s leading farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show. It attracts in excess of 40,000 visitors from the UK and overseas who come to visit hundreds of exhibitors. The 2017 event marked LAMMA’s 36th anniversary, and is the fourth year it has been staged at the East of England Showground, Peterborough.

Sarah Murray

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