Sky Agriculture has introduced an 8m model into its EasyDrill range – available via Opico following the success of its 3m, 4m and 6m machine.
The W8020 Fertisem EasyDrill follows the same exacting standards and design principals as the 4m and 6m pneumatic drills. It also shares the same coulter line, multi hopper capacity and sophisticated electronic system.
UK Sky product manager Glenn Bootman said: “The 8m EasyDrill delivers for the larger acreage farm, where higher powered tractors are generally available from previous crop establishment systems.”
With up to four hoppers, the drill is capable of drilling product at two different depths. This means is is possible to accurately place multiple combinations of seed and/or fertiliser at two different depths too.
Separating the placement depth of seed and fertiliser increases the efficacy of applied nutrients and eliminates the risk of shoot burn with certain fertilisers. Mr Bootman said: “The additional width allows a higher work rate for this most versatile of drills.”
The main hopper is split between grain and fertiliser, each with its own pneumatic distribution. In addition, the option of up to two separately metered PRO hoppers can be integrated so that seed or microgranules can be introduced via either distribution circuit.
“The ability to seed from four hoppers at once allows so many possibilities – with mixed cover crops/companion cropping/small seeds/slug pellets added as desired. It also combats the risks of seeds of different sizes settling out in the hoppers.’
The 8m drill is ISOBUS ready and supplied as standard with Sky’s Quartz 800 control box. E-Drive premium can be specified, offering left and right section control as well as electronic row shut off for each individual outlet.
This means that the drill can be set to seed with a number of row configurations from the touch of a button. The ability to shut off individual rows also means that whatever the width of the sprayer or spreader it no longer needs to be a multiple width of the drill.
This function allows farmers and contractors to change sprayer/spreader width without having to renew the drill.
With row spacings of 16.6cm the 8m drill services forty-eight coulters, each with seed and fertiliser outlets. A 250kg coulter pressure provides the versatility to drill straight into hard stubbles, cultivated soil and direct, and through cover crops.
An additional feature of the coulter line is the ability to transfer weight hydraulically between the front press wheels and the rear press wheels.
This feature comes into its own when, under damp and/or loose soil conditions, weight is transferred onto the front press wheels, but in dry seeding conditions the weight can be moved to the rear press wheel for improved slot closing.
Typical working speed is between and 6-12km/hour depending on conditions. The drill weighs in a touch under 10 tonnes with a transport width of 3m. Loading height is 3.2m and prices start at £151,624.