In action, the seeder’s sarrel roller, or drum, produces 1,585 slots per square metre in a random pattern. Each slot has an elongated base to accommodate the seed horizontally and provide the maximum soil contact, which is the ideal position to tempt germination. But while it sounds great in theory, how is the seed going to get there?
The answer lies with the contra-rotating spiral brush. It is designed to sweep the seeds into the slots. Under the wet conditions during our test, the brush was always likely to clog with grass and leaves — although when we adjust the springs at either side to alter the downward pressure on the brush there is some improvement. Made of hard-wearing, polypropylene, the brush should stand the test of time.
As well as looking distinctly different, this seeder is different in its operation. The seed gate is opened and closed remotely from the tractor. It is a gadget that takes some getting used to and it can be a bit perplexing at first, but our testers are quick to pick up the technique. We found it necessary to cease seeding and lift the disc mechanism while turning, although in dry conditions you may get away with a gentle turn. A seed tray is provided to calibrate rates, which are then easily set.
Despite the ground conditions, our testers finish the task and leave the field looking very presentable.
We reckon that this is a serious machine capable of doing the job for which it is intended and probably lasting forever. And, who knows, the smart looks could enhance your business image.
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