Agri-Shop Ltd
Farminguk
04 May 2016 | Online since 2003
Briefing Media - FG Classified


12 February 2013 10:16:24|Machinery and Equipment,News

Tillerstar cultivator-separator made available in Ireland


The George Moate Tillerstar one-pass bed tiller-separator is now available to growers in Ireland.

A unique implement that combines the work of a bed tiller and stone/clod separator in one machine is now available to growers throughout Ireland after a successful first commercial season on farms in Great Britain.
In contrast to conventional multi-implement, multi-pass systems, the Tillerstar, manufactured by George Moate Ltd, cultivates and separates in one pass, working directly on stubbles or ploughed ground.
"It can save a grower thousands in capital expenditure and the running costs associated with fuel and labour," says managing director Richard Pratt.
"It will also reduce a grower’s carbon footprint and there are benefits for subsequent crops in the way separated stone is deposited beneath rather than to one side of the bed."
First examples of the Tillerstar have been used by farmers in Britain growing potatoes, carrots and onions. The implement is also suitable for other root crops grown in beds, as well as salads and bulbs.
"We took a cautious approach for our first year, keeping machines close to home so we could be sure to provide good service and parts back-up,” says Richard Pratt.
"Now, we’re happy to supply Tillerstar cultivator-separators and our other potato equipment products a bit further afield."
He and commercial director Lesley Pratt are delighted to have received their first order from a grower in the north of Ireland.
Father and son Robin and Ivan McKee grow salad and maincrop potatoes, as well as carrots and parsnips, at Comber near Newtownards overlooking Strangford Lough.
They were leading lights in the successful campaign to get Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status from the European Union in 2012, so that only potatoes lifted from fields around the Co Down village can be called New Season Comber Potatoes or Comber Earlies.
They were attracted to the single-bed George Moate Tillerstar they have on order by the prospect of a big reduction in bed preparation costs, which results from cutting the number of bed preparation operations from three to just one.
"We're aiming to be more efficient and taking two tractors, two drivers and two machines out of the bed making process is a great way to be more efficient," says Ivan McKee.
"Normally, we use a deep ridger to pull up the beds, a tiller to cultivate them, and then a de-stoner; with the Tillerstar we’ll do the job in one pass straight on to ploughed ground."
How does the Tillerstar work?
First, a bladed rotor cultivates with an upward cutting action that throws soil and stones backwards on to four flexible-finger star rollers positioned close behind.
These convey any large stone or clod forwards so they drop into the void behind the rotor. As the machine continues to work, loose soil passing between the sieving rollers covers the stone and clod, leaving a ‘clean’ bed up to 40cm (16in) deep ready for planting.
"Spacers on the easy-change shafts determine the size of material separated by the rollers and the hydraulic drive allows on-the-move speed adjustment for fine-tuning," adds Richard Pratt.
"The loose soil is moulded into a well-shaped bed by one of several different adjustable forming hoods we’ve developed."
"The hoods leave full-width beds for planting seed potatoes, onion sets, carrots, leeks, beetroot, bulbs – just about any crop you can think of grown in raised beds," he adds.
"We also have applicator mounting kits for pre-planting fertiliser and chemical treatments."
The Tillerstar range comprises single-, double- and triple-bed configurations, each with a choice of 1.82m (72in) and 2m (78in) standard bed widths; special sizes are available to order. Daily output is typically 10 acres per bed.
A single-bed model needs at least 110hp at the pto but is equipped with a multi-speed gearbox rated at 240hp, while the twin-bed version, which needs 170hp minimum, has a 330hp gearbox to make use of higher horsepower tractors.
Hydraulic folding is standard on the twin-bed machine and also on the largest Tillerstar – the triple-bed needs at least 250hp and also comes as standard with a 330hp gearbox. Auto reset safety clutches are fitted throughout for maximum protection with minimum downtime.
List prices range from €33,200 (£27,000) for a single-bed Tillerstar to a triple bed model at €94,700 (£77,000).

Download





0 Comment


Name

Please enter your name


Email

Comment

Please enter your comment


Post Comment

Your comment submitted successfully.Please wait for admin approval.


Comments

No comments posted yet. Be the first to post a comment

World News

Argentina | 4 May 2016
Food traders stuck in the hard times

A recent bout of poor weather has damaged South America’s corn and soyabean crops, and this has provided a rare reason for optimism at some of the world’s largest traders of food. These companies o...


New Zealand | 4 May 2016
Imported feed blamed for velvetleaf outbreak in maize crops

Imported maize used as chicken feed is being blamed as the likely cause of velvetleaf being found in Waikato maize crops. The feed is thought to have entered New Zealand contaminated with velvetlea...


India | 4 May 2016
Drought sparks distress sale of cattle

Acute shortage of fodder triggered by prolonged heat wave across Telangana is driving thousands of farmers to sell off their cattle. The Telangana Goshala Federation, which works for the rescue and...


USA | 4 May 2016
Aging agriculturalists: Study raises concern over farmland future

LaSalle Florists has been growing for 82 years, but current owner John LaSalle, who says he started at age 3 in the business his grandfather launched in 1934, is in his 60s, and looking ahead to the d...


Ireland | 4 May 2016
Dairy farmers push for suspension of superlevy

The Cork-based dairy farmer wants the new minister to prioritise the full use of the EU Commission’s temporary State Aid allowance to support farmers. “2016 superlevy repayments will begin to be de...



Trending Now

Viewed
Discussed

Farms and Land for sale


Holiday Rentals search



Top stories you may have missed
Username
Password