1985 - Volume #9, Issue #6, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Machine of the year
New from Alfarm Industries, the 530 cultivator is being hailed as the answer to depth control problems with air seeding of small grains. The cultivator isn't rigidly attached to its drawbarn frame, as are conventional field cultivators. Instead, the frame is suspended from the drawbar frame by pairs of hinged arms (see drawing). "The design means the tractor pulls it as if it were directly connected to a point within and well below the cultivator frame," explains David Little, marketing manager. "Precise depth control is regulated through phased cylinders working on the central axle and outrigger wheels."
In addition to its unique "hinge" drawbar towing frame, the cultivator also features a walking beam carriage. A single main axle, mounted low in front of the leading row of shanks, supports two sets of walking beams which take up the weight of the machine.
New Holland in Australia is marketing the award-winning cultivator under a licensing agreement with Alfarm, which is also selling it under the Alfarm label in Australia and other countries. It's available in widths from 25¢ to 50 ft. Spring-release shanks, mounted on 5 ranks, are spaced 7 in. apart.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Alfarm Industries, 202 North St., Albury, NSW, Australia 2640 (ph 060 21 1400).
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