Kuhn had a strong presence at Cereals 2007, with the latest spreaders
from the Axis range, new minimum tillage equipment, and additions
to its ploughs range amongst the machinery on view.
Kuhn Axis 40.1 W
Integral weighing aids spreading accuracy
Kuhn’s new generation Axis twin disc spreader is now available
with integral weigh facilities. The Axis 40.1 W made its UK debut
at Cereals 2007.
Kuhn’s Axis fertiliser spreader launched for the 2006 season
has been heralded as a new generation of machine offering tangible
benefits within progressive agriculture, including precision farming
Patented distribution technology, known as Coaxial Distribution
Adjustment (CDA), lies behind the machine’s ability to maintain
consistently accurate spread patterns automatically at varying
forward speeds and/or application rates. CDA, alongside innovative
hopper and agitator design, also allows an unprecedented maximum
mass flow rate of up to 500 kg/minute.
The Axis 40.1 W incorporates a proven weigh cell system based
on that already established in Axera and MDS machines.
Integral weighing allows the Axis 40.1 W to adjust the rate of
application in response to changing fertiliser quality and/or ambient
humidity, for example. This is achieved through close control of
fertiliser flow rate (by adjustment of the hopper outlet by the
Quantron E electronic control system) in response to information
from the two weigh cells mounted on the hitch frame.
The overall Axis range now offers working widths from 12m to 36m
and hopper capacities from 1,200 to 3,000 litres. In addition to
the advanced application technology, Axis has also been designed
to offer simple and logical adjustment, whilst maintenance costs
are kept low through generous use of stainless steel and economy
in potentially wearing parts.
Application rate adjustment on the Axis is made simple and easy
through the design of the DFC graduated scale. All distribution
parts are 100% stainless steel and are easily accessible for cleaning
Previously available only as the 30.1 and 40.1, Axis is now also
available as the 20.1, with a smaller hopper capacity (from 1,000
litres) and with a specification that will make it more accessible
to the smaller farm and suitable for smaller tractors.
Versatile minimum tillage drill
Kuhn’s new Speedliner pneumatic drill offers rapid and economical
drilling, having the capability of working on ploughed land, minimal
cultivated land, or as a direct drill on well-drained soils.
Lighter than Kuhn’s Fastliner minimum tillage drill, the
Speedliner has a lower horsepower requirement and is available
in 3, 4 and 6 metre formats, with the 4 and 6 metre machines being
hydraulically foldable to 3 metres.
In the minimum tillage format, soil is worked with two rows of
curved and offset discs and then pressed with a large diameter
tyre roller. Double disc seeding units are mounted on a parallelogram
arrangement, and pressure is adjustable from 20 to 70kg.
Seed distribution is based on Kuhn’s established Venta pneumatic
system, and the hopper is mounted sideways for improved visibility.
The seeding unit is hitched through a category III 3-point hitch
for rapid release.
New tine coulter drill
Kuhn’s new Megant tine coulter pneumatic seed drill offers
higher work rates and lower fuel consumption, and further expands
the choice within its UK range, says the company.
The Megant, which was launched at SIMA 2007, comes in six working
widths from 4 – 6 metres (4.0, 4.5, 4.8, 5.0, 5.6, and 6.0)
and uses the highly successful Venta metering system with a 1700
litre hopper as standard.
Suited to minimum cultivation or for rapid sowing in heavy and
rocky soil, the Megant incorporates a patented tine-fixing design
that ensures good penetration and a constant seeding depth. When
it meets a large obstacle, the tine has a vertical clearance of
almost 20cm, and tine placement in 4 rows makes drilling easier
even where there is heavy plant residue.
The blower is powered by the Megant’s independent hydraulic
circuit using a pump connected directly to the tractor. This
facilitates Kuhn’s Vario-Drive feature, which allows constant
seeding rate at varying PTO speeds (from 750 to 1000rpm), adding
further opportunities for fuel economy.
Variable width plough for light ground
Kuhn’s new Vari-Master 112 makes all the advantages of Kuhn’s
Vari-Master range available for use with medium powered (150hp)
Vari-Master ploughs are renowned for their robust one-piece headstock
and adaptability for different tractors due to combined offset/angling
Overall durability is ensured though protection of the variable
width articulation rods within the plough frame, use of forged
shares and tips, and the Triplex steel mouldboards that increase
life expectancy by up to 40%.
The 112 series ploughs are lighter in structure, which means a
variable width plough of up to 6 furrows is available for 150hp
tractors. This series also has a new 96cm inter-body clearance,
making it easier to plough crop residues, and has a variable furrow
width of 20 to 50cm.
The Vari-Master 112 range includes models with traction bolt protection
with 4 – 6 furrows, and models with non stop hydraulic auto-reset
protection with 4 – 5 furrows.
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