Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Maschio breaks new ground with mounted ploughs

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Machinery

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Maschio reports strong interest in its recently launched range of mounted reversible ploughs for tractors, unveiled at the Cereals event earlier this summer.

Although the company had ploughs in its line-up for a number of years, this is the first year they have been sold in the UK. Maschio says there has been keen demand from dealers and customers wanting a range of ploughs for 120-300h tractors.

As the cornerstone of the cultivation line-up, the plough range complements existing Maschio tillage products – adding to the company’s successful lines of power harrows, rotavators and drills, says James Woolway, managing director of importers Opico.

“We felt the timing was right to bring the Maschio plough into the UK. Despite changes in tillage practices, ploughing continues to be an essential part of many farmers’ cultivation rotations and we wanted to be able to offer our customers the full range.”

Commitment

The decision was facilitated by Maschio Gaspardo buying a controlling share of Italian plough specialist Moro Pietro Meccanica. This investment confirmed Maschio’s commitment to the plough for the long term, says Mr Woolway.

As regards the line-up, various different three to six furrow models are available with mechanical or hydraulically variable working width adjustment and either shear-bolt or hydro-pneumatic auto-reset obstacle protection.

There are two model ranges. The Unico M is the mid-range suitable for tractors up to 200hp and topping out at five furrows. The heavy duty Unico L shares many of its sibling’s features but is built to cope with up to 300hp. It is available in four, five and six furrow formats.

With a time-proven track record, selling in big numbers across Europe, the Maschio Unico plough boasts a number of key features – including fast front furrow width adjustment and mechanical or hydraulic variable working width – to speed up set-up times.

Memory function

A turnover memory function closes the bodies up automatically when turning the plough over to ensure nothing hits the ground. Once back in its working position it returns to the preset position using the beam alignment ram to save wear and tear on pins, bushes and link rods.

Switching between different sizes and types of mouldboard is a straightforward job that involves loosening a few bolts. Slatted and conventional bodies are available, many of which are interchangeable with other popular ploughs on the market.

Maschio’s MP4WD mouldboard can be used to work at depths from 15 to 35cm (6in to 14in) and can run at up to 50cm (20in) wide or can be wound right in to 30cm (12in). It leaves an impressively wide furrow bottom to cope with large tyres.

As well as its conventional role in maintaining an even working depth, a combination depth/transport wheel is used to support the plough on the road to reduce stress on both operator and machine. Hydro-pneumatic suspension is an option.

Prices for the Unico M start from £13,603 while the Unico L starts from £18,961, depending on specification.

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