The vertical poison system is called the Sunflower.
A review by farmers.
ed tollenaar jeff van loon dave vandewalle MONKTON, ON DUBLIN, ON DUBLIN, ON the sunflower 6630 is billed by AGCO as a single pass solution for your residue management needs. Three farmers offer their views on how well it lives up to that claim.
Dave Vandewalle is a cash crop farmer in Dublin, Ontario. I do n’t think it would do as good of a job if we ran it at 10 kilometres an hour.
Jeff Van Loon, who farms near Dublin, says that he likes the Sunflower because it is a little simpler.
The ease of use is one of the reasons why this model has been successful, says Don Snetsinger, an AGCO product specialist. Farmers took to it because it looked like a disc and they could understand how it worked.
PHOTO: SABER BLADES DESIGNED TO SLICE THROUGH HEAVY CROP RESIDUE.
The vertical tillage unit has 22 inch diameter saber blades that are designed to slice through heavy crop residue and mix it with the soil. The equipment was tested on wheat stubble.
Tollenaar, a cash crop farmer from Monkton, says that it did a nice job mixing the wheat stubble. We went about two and a half inches and it did a nice job of making a level seed bed.
photo: the sunflower 6630 is tested on wheat stubble
It seemed to me that it was doing a bit more level job, it was working the whole profile and it was leaving a nice amount of trash.
The key to a good job is a rolling basket at the back. The ability of the rolling basket to push a shorter stalks back into the ground will enhance the rotting down of the stalks. Our ground is a little blacker than the other guys.
Proper set-up is important to ensure consistency in your field. Vandewalle said to make sure its level front and back.
It is fairly simple to level it front to back.
Vandewalle agrees that it is very easy. If you keep an eye on the machine, adjustments can be made in the cab with the push of a button.
It ‘s as easy to maintain the Sunflower 6630. The blades have no grinding or rolling needed to maintain a sharp cutting edge. The heavy duty gauge wheels do n’t require greasing, and C-Flex bearing standards absorb gang shock to extend the bearing, spool and disc blade life. The model has maintenance-free lift and wing pivot systems.
The easy to use and easy to maintain unit is a cost-effective tool. Vandewalle thinks that the price gives it an advantage because most farmers are n’t going to have this as their primary tillage unit. It does n’t work the ground very deep as opposed to a plow or a ripper. The maximum depth is two to three inches.
Ed Tollenaar would like to use it to till his bean ground before planting wheat. It would do a great job for that.
There is a video version of this review.
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There are five different sizes of the spec sheet. All models require a lot of power. The Sunflower Saber blades are narrow. 5 ” blade spacing 11-inch flat-blade, spiral finishing reels Hydraulic self-levelling hitch Front mounted gauge wheels Single point depth control Service-free ultra-high molecular weight plastic bearings and bushings used throughout 3 year limited warranty 22 ” diameter blades set at 18-degree gang angle
The equipment is provided by Connect Equipment Corporation. connect equipment