Dubbed as a universal seeder, Amazone’s new GreenDrill 501 is said to be ideal for one-pass sowing of ‘catch crops’, fine seeds and undersown crops in combination with the company’s trailed cultivators.
The three-metre drill is fitted with a large diameter wheel that provides even, uninterrupted metering, that in turn can be lifted and deactivated using the hydraulic top link during turning and headlands. During transport, the wheel is simply removed and stored on the rear of the drill.
The Precis metering system is said to be easy to calibrate and adjust, with an easy to follow sticker providing the recommended sprocket transmission ratio and gearbox settings for specific seed rates. A calibration bucket and scales are stowed under the container lid.
The Cataya 3000 is equipped with a 650 or 850 litre seed hopper, both featuring a large 255 x 54 cm opening and sturdy hopper lid, which doubles as an anti-spill aid, allows the unit to be filled using a front loader bucket.
Integrated outlet funnels in the seed hopper reduce bridging and residues, while shutter slides can be rapidly changed from normal seed to fine seed and vice versa.
All Cataya units are purposed-engineered for mounting to Amazone’s KE 01, KX 01 and KG 01 rotary harrows or cultivators, with the QuickLink system allowing easy mounting and release.
CLAAS Harvest Centre product manager, Steve Gorman, says the new model buck’s technology in favour of time-proven simplicity.
“While most Cataya units are fitted with state-of-the-art single or double-side electrically-driven seeding units, some farmers just want a simple and reliable driving mechanism’” he says
“The Cataya 3000 Special meets this need perfectly.”