A simple tractor-mounted air seeder with hi-tech features is designed for sowing into min-till seedbeds or on to ploughed land with minimal prior preparation.
The Ares-P drill from Spanish manufacturer Solá has a pressurised seed hopper for the first time with the aim of delivering consistent and even seed flow to the metering unit, especially when working on slopes as the hopper level drops. In the UK it is labelled KRM after its distributor, Keith Rennie Machinery.
Seed distribution heads and pipework are mounted outside the 1,800 litres (63.5 cu ft) hopper, so component inspection, and cleaning when changing seed type or variety, are said to be easier than when located internally. Solá’s own metering mechanism is electrically-driven with Isobus control of all functions and monitoring of forward speed, fan speed and seed level in the hopper.
GPS controlled headland on-off control and variable seed rate functions are available, together with half-width shut-off, operated either manually or using GPS section control. Electric metering drive also allows simpler calibration; an amount of seed is collected and entered into the Isobus terminal to set the system to the required rate.
Solá Elite tine coulters have replaceable points at 125 mm (5 in) row spacing and are standard for working in stubbles or a min-till seedbed and have an extension spring beneath the coulter designed for consistent pressure throughout the coulter arm’s range of movement. Alternatively, 350 mm (14 in) diameter staggered double-disc openers can be installed.
In the UK, the 4 m (13 ft) Solá Ares-P drill is priced £30,515 and 4.5 m, 4.8 m, 5.0 m, 6.0 m and 6.66 m (15 ft to 22 ft) sizes are also available.
Company: Maquinaria Agricola Solá
Type: Tractor-mounted air seeder
Key feature: Pressurised tank for even seed flow on sloping ground as well as level land; isobus, variable-rate, auto headland and section control functions available.
More info: www.solagrupo.com