Cropping

New drill available for Aussie farmers

By Rodney Woods

Farmers now have the opportunity to purchase the new Maschio Gaspardo Gigante Pressure drill, thanks to machinery distributor PFG Australia.

“The Gigante Pressure is an advanced direct seed drill with pneumatic seed and fertiliser distribution,” PFG Australia cultivation and seeding territory manager Tom Wilkinson said.

“The drill has recently undergone a redesign to incorporate a number of new features further improving its ability to seed in challenging conditions.”

Mr Wilkinson said the new drill would work perfectly even if you farmed on uneven land.

“The Gigante excels in uneven terrain due to its class leading range of disc movement, and its precise depth control, provided by the large depth control wheel on each disc.

“The single disc system is perfect for all conditions, especially with undulating terrain.

“With minimal disturbance it creates a fine tilth in the slot, creating a perfect germination zone and a consistent firm closure, thanks to the independently mounted press wheels.”

The sowing elements of the drill are independent and reinforced for improved durability and efficiency.

“This feature is designed to greatly improve the lifespan of the Gigante Pressure, whilst new coulters with a unique profile for improved seed penetration ensure high-quality seeding, as well as the added benefit of increased wear resistance,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“Two strong and independent springs provide the range of disc movement spoken of.

“In combination with the depth wheels on each disc, they enable the sowing unit to achieve a uniform seed depth at the seed delivery point.

“With a free-floating independent press wheel on each sowing unit, the sowing coulter and press wheel can drop and raise independently of each other as the row unit passes through a hollow or over a mound.”

The new pressurised hopper has been designed to improve seed distribution and reduces the fan power required, reducing wear and increasing efficiency.

“The hopper has been rotated, so the bins are front to back and lowered in the chassis.

“This has greatly improved the stability in hill country due to its low centre of gravity.

“The new low position of the hopper also makes loading of the seed and fertiliser much easier as well as improving the visibility over the rear of the drill.”

The hopper is split 60 per cent and 40 per cent and is interchangeable depending whether the seed or the fertiliser has the higher volume for the operation being undertaken.

The eDrive metering system is easily adjustable due to the interchangeable metering cartridges that are supplied for small seeds, right through to high rates of fertiliser.

Calibration is easy with the touch of a button from inside the cab or next to the drill.

Fully ISOBUS compatible, the Gigante Pressure Drill can provide maximum precision and efficiency using the standard addition of the Genius controller with electric drives and the GPS speed detection system.

On the road and in the paddock, new larger wheels provide improved wear and decrease compaction.

The hydraulically folding frame allows a compact 3 m width, making it an easy drill to transport.

PFG Australia will be running demonstrations this season.

PFG Australia distributes Maschio machinery to Shepparton's Goulburn Valley Ag, John Sanderson Machinery in Nagambie and Cobram Farm Equipment.

● For more information on the demo sessions, and the drill itself, phone Tom Wilkinson on 0484 999 044.