Drill and Price Comparisons

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon
Just been speaking to a few people over the last couple weeks about a 3m drill to work across a mixed farm, so cereal, cover crops, fodder crops, stewardship and a bit of grass.

Now the grant numbers are out, if I am right, its £12,054 contribution toearsd the drill..

Net prices are as follows:
Erth Agriseeder 24 row with 750l hopper: £10.9k
Simtech TSum - 300 20 row: £19.9k
Moore Unidril 24 Row with tramlining: £16k

Having talked to users of each there are obviousl pros and cons to each drill.

The Simtech seems to be the best spec'd and I like the tine, not so sure about th 20 row set up though.
Erth is a good basic drill and having spoken to the designer he sounds very switch on, just not seen one in the flesh
Moore is a disc set up, not sure how that will work in a wide range of conditions compared to a tine drill. Like the guttler though and seems well built.

Soil type is sandy with a few spots of clay, very very few stones, But soil is very abrasive.

The Erth seems a cheap drill but is the Simtech worth the premium?
 

Direct drill for precision drilling of arable and cover crops, using either tines or discs to produce the seeding slot. To be eligible the drill must have a minimum drilling width of 2.9 m, must have no cultivation or seed bed preparation equipment in front of the seeding slot mechanism and the seed must be placed in the seeding slot. The drill must be able to drill through a fully established growing cover crop of at least 15 cm in height. Purchase must include seed hoppers. The drill must be able to drill the full range of arable and cover crops including cereals. The following are not eligible: Cultivators with over-seeders or broadcasters, minimum till drills, strip till drills, grassland over-seeders, and grassland broadcasters.


It seems crazy that a Claydon wouldn't be eligible
 
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Just been speaking to a few people over the last couple weeks about a 3m drill to work across a mixed farm, so cereal, cover crops, fodder crops, stewardship and a bit of grass.

Now the grant numbers are out, if I am right, its £12,054 contribution toearsd the drill..

Net prices are as follows:
Erth Agriseeder 24 row with 750l hopper: £10.9k
Simtech TSum - 300 20 row: £19.9k
Moore Unidril 24 Row with tramlining: £16k

Having talked to users of each there are obviousl pros and cons to each drill.

The Simtech seems to be the best spec'd and I like the tine, not so sure about th 20 row set up though.
Erth is a good basic drill and having spoken to the designer he sounds very switch on, just not seen one in the flesh
Moore is a disc set up, not sure how that will work in a wide range of conditions compared to a tine drill. Like the guttler though and seems well built.

Soil type is sandy with a few spots of clay, very very few stones, But soil is very abrasive.

The Erth seems a cheap drill but is the Simtech worth the premium?

Is that an upto date price on the Simtec? I thought it was more than that when I had a price last year.
 

Jerry

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Devon

Direct drill for precision drilling of arable and cover crops, using either tines or discs to produce the seeding slot. To be eligible the drill must have a minimum drilling width of 2.9 m, must have no cultivation or seed bed preparation equipment in front of the seeding slot mechanism and the seed must be placed in the seeding slot. The drill must be able to drill through a fully established growing cover crop of at least 15 cm in height. Purchase must include seed hoppers. The drill must be able to drill the full range of arable and cover crops including cereals. The following are not eligible: Cultivators with over-seeders or broadcasters, minimum till drills, strip till drills, grassland over-seeders, and grassland broadcasters.


It seems crazy that a Simtec wouldn't be eligible

Simtech is eligible
 
Claydon is viewed as a strip drill, not direct. But yes i agree.

Claydon drills are my only experience of dd but I'm quite tempted by a Simtec again now.

My contractor has a Claydon and a close row space Moore disc drill. I feel the Simtec is a slight comprise and might not be as good as the Claydon on the cereals and brassicas and might be not quite as good as the Moore on grass seeds but with ever shortening weather windows I'm taking more jobs back in hand at the moment.
 

AndrewM

Member
BASIS
Location
Devon
Just been speaking to a few people over the last couple weeks about a 3m drill to work across a mixed farm, so cereal, cover crops, fodder crops, stewardship and a bit of grass.

Now the grant numbers are out, if I am right, its £12,054 contribution toearsd the drill..

Net prices are as follows:
Erth Agriseeder 24 row with 750l hopper: £10.9k
Simtech TSum - 300 20 row: £19.9k
Moore Unidril 24 Row with tramlining: £16k

Having talked to users of each there are obviousl pros and cons to each drill.

The Simtech seems to be the best spec'd and I like the tine, not so sure about th 20 row set up though.
Erth is a good basic drill and having spoken to the designer he sounds very switch on, just not seen one in the flesh
Moore is a disc set up, not sure how that will work in a wide range of conditions compared to a tine drill. Like the guttler though and seems well built.

Soil type is sandy with a few spots of clay, very very few stones, But soil is very abrasive.

The Erth seems a cheap drill but is the Simtech worth the premium?

so thats the drill price after you deduct the grant?
 

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