Okay, so it’s not glamorous but, in practical terms, it offers sports turf managers a speed of operation and economy of output that is truly impressive.
We had it racing along at 15km/h and with no detriment to the job it was doing. Work it out. It means that it’s possible to overseed a football pitch in just 45 minutes — going over the goal mouths four times and the rest of the pitch three times.
What’s more, as our testers were quick to spot, you can use this machine to harrow and roll as well. Yes, this is turf renovation. And, if you also need to be economical with the seed, this one will seed at rates as low as 3.39g/m2.
The Tilth n’ Seed, like the name suggests, creates a tilth by raking the surface rather than cutting slits or stamping “pots”. It’s more like renovation work — and it leaves an exceptional finish.
First the tines, mounted on wind-down jacks, pass through the soil at the required depth to produce the tilth into which the seed falls. The unit uses the standard format of roller from the Variseeder to give seeding rates from the incredibly low 3.39g/m2 up to 20.34g/m2, depending on gearing, but in this case the mechanism is chain-driven from two land wheels. A smooth roller then completes the job and leaves a smart finish to the surface. There are also hooks for attaching a drag mat.
The testers are very impressed. One sees it as a three-in-one machine to solve a number of problems. He says: “It’s very fast and yet does an excellent job. The seed drops evenly and the stripes certainly give the field a nice appearance. I reckon you could just harrow or just roll if needed.”
We put the idea to the manufacturer. Sisis considers the idea not unreasonable though, of course, points out that the company does offer other kit for such tasks.
Tilth n’ Seed needs no pto. It’s quickly attached to the three-point linkage of compact tractors from 16hp upwards — then away you go. The hopper has a very generous capacity and will take two-and-half bags of seed without trouble. An integral platform provides additional carrying space to further reduce the frustration of having to leave the job to fetch more seed.
As with any item of Sisis equipment, the Tilth n’ Seed is built to last. It’s straightforward to use, there are just two grease nipples requiring attention, and there are no wearing parts. This makes maintenance all the simpler.
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