Horsch Sprinter operation

alomy75

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Morning all; just bought a Horsch Sprinter with the 2 guide wheels up front; instruction manual seems a bit useless-at the ends do you lift the tractor arms up and then drop again in operation and when drilling do you set the arms at a height so the guide wheels have a little weight or put them right down so the wheels are literally holding the drill? I’ve come from a freeflow so I would say the latter but tried it and drill seemed to nose-dive...so I’ve been leaving the arms at 40% all of the time...nice drill though; metcalfe coulters having come from weaving sabre tines on my freeflow (which I’ll never part with, but starting to experiment in DD). Thanks
 

PSQ

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Arable Farmer
Location
Scottish Borders
Contact the Horsch UK tech for your area (not the dealer, probably be chargeable) and give them a call. If they're anything like mine (top bloke) they'll go out of their way to answer your questions and help you with setup tips.
 
Morning all; just bought a Horsch Sprinter with the 2 guide wheels up front; instruction manual seems a bit useless-at the ends do you lift the tractor arms up and then drop again in operation and when drilling do you set the arms at a height so the guide wheels have a little weight or put them right down so the wheels are literally holding the drill? I’ve come from a freeflow so I would say the latter but tried it and drill seemed to nose-dive...so I’ve been leaving the arms at 40% all of the time...nice drill though; metcalfe coulters having come from weaving sabre tines on my freeflow (which I’ll never part with, but starting to experiment in DD). Thanks
We leave the rear hitch in position and just lift the rear Packer to turn, then push it into float to return to work.
 

Wheatland

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BASE UK Member
Location
Shropshire
There should be an equal amount of colour codes spacers in the front depth wheels, the front centre packer and the rear packer. Set the drill in work so the drill is level, depth is correct and there is some weight on the front packer/wheels but still some weight on the tractor. Then use the hydraulics to lift and lower the rear packer for the headland turns. As @warksfarmer says make sure the drill is in float while working or the metering will cut out
 

Red tractor

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Mixed Farmer
Morning all; just bought a Horsch Sprinter with the 2 guide wheels up front; instruction manual seems a bit useless-at the ends do you lift the tractor arms up and then drop again in operation and when drilling do you set the arms at a height so the guide wheels have a little weight or put them right down so the wheels are literally holding the drill? I’ve come from a freeflow so I would say the latter but tried it and drill seemed to nose-dive...so I’ve been leaving the arms at 40% all of the time...nice drill though; metcalfe coulters having come from weaving sabre tines on my freeflow (which I’ll never part with, but starting to experiment in DD). Thanks
I always lift and turn. The reason being that occasionally in damp conditions the outside coulters can get plugged with dirt as they skim the ground. Especially with a single seed outlet. Keep it moving forward when the front is lowered and all will be well. Cracking drill
 

alomy75

Member
Thanks all; appreciated. Very pleased with it; I’ve got a side by side trial this year; both fields wheat after beans. One discaerator; toptilth; freeflow...one straight in with the sprinter. Same seed, same rate, drilled a day apart. Has anyone tried to fit wider front tyres ‘guide wheels’ to a sprinter/CO? It’s fairly moist here and I was thinking with this and some wire-rope scrapers on the rear packer the drill would take some stopping...the staggered packer is a huge step forward but doesn’t lend itself to scraper fitment!
 

HarryB97

Member
Thanks all; appreciated. Very pleased with it; I’ve got a side by side trial this year; both fields wheat after beans. One discaerator; toptilth; freeflow...one straight in with the sprinter. Same seed, same rate, drilled a day apart. Has anyone tried to fit wider front tyres ‘guide wheels’ to a sprinter/CO? It’s fairly moist here and I was thinking with this and some wire-rope scrapers on the rear packer the drill would take some stopping...the staggered packer is a huge step forward but doesn’t lend itself to scraper fitment!
Have a look at page 26/27 of this thread 👍
 

alomy75

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Have a look at page 26/27 of this thread 👍
Yep I have a couple of wider wheels awaiting fitment but I need to modify the rim offset so may be a winter job. At long last my wheat is coming through; I think I got it waaaay too deep. The metcalfes really do tuck it in behind/under the point; 50-75mm when I was aiming for 40. Just hope the whole field will follow these ‘photo patches’ 😂
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HarryB97

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Yep I have a couple of wider wheels awaiting fitment but I need to modify the rim offset so may be a winter job. At long last my wheat is coming through; I think I got it waaaay too deep. The metcalfes really do tuck it in behind/under the point; 50-75mm when I was aiming for 40. Just hope the whole field will follow these ‘photo patches’ 😂View attachment 918961
You rnt alone that's a Horsch for you! I had seed from an inch down and upto 5 inches deep but it's all up in row with only a few days difference in emergence time. First year with a Sprinter for me, running 1 inch Dutch openers. I didn’t want to cultivate any land but did a shallow pass on the ex bean land as it was full of trash.

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alomy75

Member
You rnt alone that's a Horsch for you! I had seed from an inch down and upto 5 inches deep but it's all up in row with only a few days difference in emergence time.
Which coulters? It is a bit of a shock coming from a freeflow where you can set your watch by it! Come back full width front packer; all is forgiven 😂
 

HarryB97

Member
Which coulters? It is a bit of a shock coming from a freeflow where you can set your watch by it! Come back full width front packer; all is forgiven 😂
If you move a lot of ground then a front packer is helpful but I just see it as more cost, weight, wearing parts and bad visibility. 1 inch Dutch openers here, the narrower the point the harder the depth control I find.
 

alomy75

Member
Have a look at page 26/27 of this thread 👍
Drill is in the workshop now for the winter; I’ve had another thought regarding the depth control...after watching a video I took whilst drilling I’ve realised the front gauge wheels actually run IN the tractor wheelings (my 7530 is set out at 80” on wide tyres) so when the tractor sinks the drill sinks. What I’ve done is swapped the whole guide wheel assembly from left to right so now they stick ‘outwards’ rather than ‘inwards’ and will run on fresh ground right at the edge of the drill. I’m painting the rims while they’re off but will post a photo in the spring. Apologies if this is a common ‘hack’ but I hadn’t seen it so hoping it might help someone, if it works better of course!
 

Claas joins the autonomous tractor club

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Written by Justin Roberts

Claas has taken a minority shareholding in the Dutch autonomous tractor startup company, AgXeed B.V.

The new company has developed a tractor designed to be autonomous from the ground up, rather than try to adapt existing machines, or create smaller robots dedicated to a limited range of tasks.

AgXeed’s pilot machine is a diesel hybrid powered unit on tracks which uses a suite of software which, the company claims, is easily scalable.

Like many small technology start-ups seeking to gain a foothold in the machinery market, the company also points to the product as being part of a larger system rather than just another way of performing standard tasks

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