Tuesday, 18 July 2017 09:29

Grunt: Delayed delivery and the day of judgement

Written by  John Droppert
A shiny new 2.8m standard duty, John Berends S tine cultivator on a Ford 7700, ready to go A shiny new 2.8m standard duty, John Berends S tine cultivator on a Ford 7700, ready to go

Some time ago, I used this column as a platform to subtly complain about the lack of action in translating my Farm World field day machinery purchases to actual shiny steel in my yard.

Instant gratification, such things are not. Which is funny, given that when you walk around a field day surrounded by temptation, the physical presence of everything a machinery enthusiast could dream of does convey the exact opposite. Such is life.

Anyway; everyone held up their end of the bargain as promised, and sometime later my cultivator conveniently arrived on a Friday night, for a Saturday of tillage.

The things you look forward to when you work in an office!

For those catching up, it’s a 2.8m standard duty, John Berends S tine cultivator.

Despite the prolific nature of these machines, there’s not much to be found about them online. Am I the only one that looks?

Even photos are as rare as hen’s teeth (seriously guys, do we need so much pixelation in 2017?).

I wanted a machine that can do primary cultivation right through to seedbed preparation. Budget being what it is, speed discs, power harrows, and combinations of machines are all out; it has to be one cheap, versatile machine.

We all know what those usually end up doing: nothing well. So I bought this S tine on little more than the salesman’s assurance that ‘of course it will’ do a good job of primary cultivation; despite various suggestions elsewhere that this is a machine for after the offset discs have done their job.

 So, readers on a budget: I’m about to exponentially increase the amount of internet-searchable information on the topic. You’re welcome!

Did it do a good job? By and large, it did. The first pass was the toughest, and maintaining an adequate speed (over 8km/h) was difficult when I could see the very soul of my old Ford 7700 being blown out its exhaust.

If the Ford was a living beast, I think it’d see itself as the hardy mountain pony in The Man From Snowy River. The paddock was scratched up, but not exactly ploughed.

With the need to cut across the original pass on the second, I chickened out and hooked up the trusty Deutz. More power, more weight, more comfortable running it hard.

Cutting across at 90 degrees on the second pass, and 45 degrees on the third, really made progress.

After 3 passes, I had a decent seedbed, and the only real issues were trash build up under the machine as it worked.

A couple more might have helped, but weekends are always too short. If it’s a relatively small acreage, and you enjoy the tractor work, this machine will do a good job for you.

Now it’s parked up for a year, and I’m back on the internet wondering if those hay accumulators are really all they’re cracked up to be… When’s Elmore on?

John Droppert has no mechanical qualifications whatsoever, but has been passionate about tractors since before he could talk and has operated many different makes and models in a variety of roles for both profit and fun. 

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