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Claydon TerraStar

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Machinery' started by Knockie, Apr 2, 2016.

  1. Have just checked - it's £2033.20 for a complete reblade. I reckon we did about 2000ac with them, but then again we were needing to go through a lot of things twice to get a reasonable finish so in terms of field area prepared, it's going to be more like 1200-1400ac.
     
  2. dontknowanything

    Location:
    Cambridge
    Looks like they were right with £1/ac then
     
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  3. farmerfred86

    farmerfred86 Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Those of you that have had a terra star for a year or two now how are you getting on with it?
    Used a lot or sat in the nettles?
     
  4. Chae1

    Chae1 Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
  5. General-Lee

    General-Lee Member

    Location:
    Devon
    @Devon James you have one don’t you?
     
  6. Devon James

    Devon James Member

    Location:
    Devon
    No we dont. We considered what we bought to be a little more versatile. But the terrastar was good for its purpose.
     
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  7. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
  8. We use ours a lot. This year more to level off land that had been Trioed, but it did a remarkably good job of doing what we thought we'd need a power harrow to achieve. 6m wide and 1600rpm doing 18kph is some cheap output. Find that direct into unmoved ground though that if it's a bit solid it will just pluck at the soil not moving the whole surface evenly. Not what it is meant to do, but the pockmarked effect isn't ideal for a disc drill, although we find a lot better than not doing anything especially in front of spring crops.
     
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  9. Andrew K

    Andrew K Member

    Location:
    Essex
    Ours made a great job of creating some tilth,back in early August when condition s were very hard and dry.
    Drilled straight into that a week later and am delighted with the rape that followed.
     
  10. Andrew K

    Andrew K Member

    Location:
    Essex
    What did you purchase in the end James?
     
  11. farmerfred86

    farmerfred86 Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    I think a stubble rake could do a job for us, for slugs/weed chit/straw spreading.
    But not many about and lots for sale put me off.
    I see what you mean James about the terra star with a disc drill, not ideal.
     
  12. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    Straw rakes aren't really for producing a tilth, though my Claydon rake does chip the top 1/2" depending on how hard the surface is. Any later passes do a further 1/2" so it does go deeper each time. You'll need to leave it a couple of days between each pass to settle or it does bung up with lots of residue. I have a 15m version running at around 12 kph on smooth ground so decent daily outputs are possible.
     

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