Are Carrier Tine Drills any good?

DrWazzock

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Been offered the use of one. The old Carrier drill not the Vaderstadt model.
Do they cover the seed? How many hp for 4m?
will it go any better than an MF30 disc drill in damp conditions on ploughed ground? Will it bring up too much ploughed down turf? What sort of cultivation would be best in front of it on ploughing where it’s a bit hard and rough but also a bit sticky?
Really feel I am chasing round in an ever decreasing circle trying to get something drilled.
Will it be worth the hassle of getting it here, mending it when I break it etc.
Inclined to leave it but just wondered.
 

DrWazzock

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Must be wet if the MF30 won't go
Not tried it yet. But past experience tells me the Parmiter zigzags will bung up and or the discs will stop turning. The MF has a Reekie Harrow and I might fit it with new tines in the hope of not needing the zigzags.
we never found the Reekie Harrow very good on its own. Should it do the job without needing to resort to zigzags?
 

Bob lincs

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Arable Farmer
I saw a trailed folding 6m one a long time ago . We had a 3m with some of the coulters removed for drilling beans in wide rows 9” I think . We used to pull it with a DB 995 on duals , 72hp I think .our new 6m tine drill has 210 hp on it 🤔.
 
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nick...

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Arable Farmer
Location
south norfolk
The fact that most farmers in the country had the 11ft 6 inch version tells you all you need to know.were very very popular in their day,70/80s and only down fall was the small hopper.still sought after today and I bet thousands of acres have been drilled with them this autumn
nick...
 

Richard98

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I would say its certainly worth a try...as @carbonfibre farmer said, we've got 4 in various states of decay, they wouldn't use anything else here for decades. They don't take a lot of pulling, somewhere there's a photo of our old ford 4600 pulling a 4m though in later years it was used on a 90hp Massey. if a carier won't go in the wet nothing will, I remember sitting beside grandad as a youngster and he was drilling some really wet snotty land both ways after they'd given up with the combination drill. one of ours had the middle row of coulters taken out to drill spring beans which it did for several years, the only problem we had was uneven seed depths between under the tractor and either side. I think this wasn't a problem with cereals as the drill was in shallower.
 

traineefarmer

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Mid Norfolk
We ran one until the early '90s. Pulled it with 70hp 2wd. I was too young to use or remember it properly, but dad always rated it highly. Very strong and good for heavy land, but had a tendency to drill too deep on our lighter soils.

My neighbour still uses one, pulled behind a small 2wd. Seems to get good results on his clays.
 

grainboy

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Location
Bedfordshire
Have a modified one available, but now requires a hopper and metering on as has been robbed for spares,
Also has an extra two row of times in front of drilling section,
As said above, if Carier won’t drill, go home,
 

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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