Dale drills

Against_the_grain

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
S.E
Primary reason we brought one was to run in wetter conditions. Does go when other drills won't but still can leave a bit of compaction on wet soils where the main wheels run and if its wet afterwards these wheel marks won't do very well. New press wheels are better than the guttlers. Havent had them block yet. No fear of getting stuck as you just lift the tines out of work and you only have the transport wheels to pull. Tine adjustment is a bit of a pain but better on the new ones. Difficult to get them all the same depth we find.
Great output though easy enough to do 100acres a day with 8m on 300hp. 3.5t seed tank in ours. Split fert seed of required. Really good drill for dd as well as ploughing/mon till. Very versatile but perhaps a little less refined than a vaddy/horsch.
 

farenheit

Member
Location
Midlands
Primary reason we brought one was to run in wetter conditions. Does go when other drills won't but still can leave a bit of compaction on wet soils where the main wheels run and if its wet afterwards these wheel marks won't do very well. New press wheels are better than the guttlers. Havent had them block yet. No fear of getting stuck as you just lift the tines out of work and you only have the transport wheels to pull. Tine adjustment is a bit of a pain but better on the new ones. Difficult to get them all the same depth we find.
Great output though easy enough to do 100acres a day with 8m on 300hp. 3.5t seed tank in ours. Split fert seed of required. Really good drill for dd as well as ploughing/mon till. Very versatile but perhaps a little less refined than a vaddy/horsch.
You should be doing 250 acres a day with 8m!.
 

Howdenshire Farmer

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BASE UK Member
Primary reason we brought one was to run in wetter conditions. Does go when other drills won't but still can leave a bit of compaction on wet soils where the main wheels run and if its wet afterwards these wheel marks won't do very well. New press wheels are better than the guttlers. Havent had them block yet. No fear of getting stuck as you just lift the tines out of work and you only have the transport wheels to pull. Tine adjustment is a bit of a pain but better on the new ones. Difficult to get them all the same depth we find.
Great output though easy enough to do 100acres a day with 8m on 300hp. 3.5t seed tank in ours. Split fert seed of required. Really good drill for dd as well as ploughing/mon till. Very versatile but perhaps a little less refined than a vaddy/horsch.
Thanks. How fast did you go with it?
 

l'ordinary bonville

Member
BASE UK Member
Location
N Yorks
I have a new 8m on 240hp. Tractor power is no issue but occasionally in damp conditions grip might be. I'm on heavy clay mans land.
At 8k you're doing 6.4ha/hr in a straight line. I've done 230 acres in 24 hours. I deliberately keep the speed down to reduce soil throw.
Tines are 12.5cm spacing. It hasn't bunged up due to the wet yet and ive been through a few wet spots that i wouldnt have dared with anything else.
I have Avadex applicator and slug pelleter on the drill
Likes
Simple, wide, slow, it will penetrate hard surface compaction, low disturbance compared to previous min till, leaves a friable zone for the seed
Easy to fill hopper
Can get a lot done in a day
No hairpinning
It will help level the fields
I've cut out a lot of time, metal and diesel usage

Dislikes
Difficult to control seed depth (ive sown too deep despite multiple adjustments)
Difficult to control seed depth if parts of the field are cultivated like headlands. It pushes seed deeper as the press wheels sink in a bit
Difficult to adjust seed depth without climbing all over the machine (no good with a bad back)
Difficult to set seed depth on loose ground as pressure needs to be high enough to push into wheel tracks but this pushes the other coulters in more
Coulter spacing could do with being a tad wider. I havent tried the 25cm setting though
Transport wheels are after the coulters on the L model, ok unless wet on the surface
Cannot cope with a trashy weedy stubble and acts like a big rake. Hope to not have this issue again though
Not yet talking to isobus on tractor terminal so variable rate prescriptions and section control not yet working
Collects string, old chains, bits of metal for fun.
Brings stones to the surface, though we collect if slug pelleting after

Suggested improvements
Wider spacing
Easier depth control and differential pressure control to different coulters, ie. behind wheels
Bigger press wheel that doesn't sink in on loose cultivated soil

I couldn't go straight to a disc drill in one step from min till so this should be right for at least 5 years.
There looks to be more dislikes than likes but that's not the case. As with anything new I'm still learning
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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