Sisis Variseeder

Unusual in that it makes dimples rather than slits, the Sisis Variseeder has a studded roller and is designed for use on golf greens, tees and approaches, soccer pitches, tennis courts and cricket squares.

The studs are mounted in a spiral pattern on a cast-iron roller and create thousands of indentations that can be described as little plant pots. These pots receive the grass seed, which is broadcast at the same time.
It's an accurate seeder. According to our testerr, the result is uniform coverage, without lines, and any gaps are quickly filled. But what he really likes about the Variseeder is its simplicity.
"The design is not complicated at all and it is very easy to use from the operator's point of view," he says. "You simply put it on the three-point linkage - there's nothing to connect or plug in. Then you just fill it with grass seed, put it on the ground and, as soon as you start to drive forward, the seed comes out."
The Variseeder can be supplied with a choice of seed rollers that deliver the seed to the surface. There is a standard roller for sowing heavy rates from 5.76g per square metre up to 17g per square metre and is intended for large seed application, such as ryegrass. A fine roller will sow bent/fescue mixtures or straight fescues and an ultra-fine roller is available for sowing pure bent seed.
The tester says the Variseeder has a very good loading height. "It's great -only about a foot off the ground. It is very easy to split open the bag and pour in the seed. The hopper holds exactly one bag of seed," he confirms.
"The hopper could do with being a bit bigger. We normally use three bags on the pitch and six or seven for renovating. Without a float guide, we have to keep stopping to check the level."
The Variseeder is everything you would expect from Sisis. It's simple and robust. Having worn out one roller through extensive use, our tester is now using a replacement dimple roller but he says the construction of the machine has caused no problems. He just wishes there was a two-metre version so he could have all the benefits with a faster output.

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