Simba free-flow direct drill

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
Evening

so I purchased a 4m freeflow of a fellow forum member (Blair) @B R C

I wanted to dip my toe into direct drilling with out spending a fortune and I’m fairly handy with spanners so thought I could perhaps achieve something in the workshop.

afters lots of research I decided to build my own mounting brackets which are fully moveable on the drill frame.

Again plenty of research and have gone with the vos double openers where the way to go. (Set at 260mm centres)

the drill is nearing completion and is more or less ready for a filed trial.

Will update in more detail if people are interested, my budget was £5000 it came all in at £4400 Including drill purchase and the vos openers and adaptors plates.
Miles
 
Last edited:

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
First job get drill home and wash off etc get all the original front tines off drilling tines and
Old pipes that were cracked etc so basically down to just frame
 

Attachments

  • B0974E0D-7A75-4C39-B0AC-E4F4887F44FA.jpeg
    B0974E0D-7A75-4C39-B0AC-E4F4887F44FA.jpeg
    364.3 KB · Views: 0
  • 4E8A449C-E4BC-4782-A19F-8E2E30080BCD.jpeg
    4E8A449C-E4BC-4782-A19F-8E2E30080BCD.jpeg
    283.9 KB · Views: 0

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
Next job was to do some serious homework tinkering then thinking then more tinkering until we came up with a solution we was fairly happy with to fasten the legs to a bracket that we was happy with and also what could move spaceing a if so wished. Photos below are the prototype brackets that we first made out of wood then had one set cut at the laser shop to make sure we was happy
 

Attachments

  • FD3793FD-338D-4F2F-8C2A-5C731A5035DF.jpeg
    FD3793FD-338D-4F2F-8C2A-5C731A5035DF.jpeg
    179.6 KB · Views: 0
  • 251C2B8C-F47E-434C-9CC5-47FD9E4EF577.jpeg
    251C2B8C-F47E-434C-9CC5-47FD9E4EF577.jpeg
    175.1 KB · Views: 0
  • E0D6F27D-998D-4966-B85F-F9D1F4C0AA34.jpeg
    E0D6F27D-998D-4966-B85F-F9D1F4C0AA34.jpeg
    301.1 KB · Views: 0
  • 6D4C2D83-A3AE-457E-85CC-38B1D145C36F.jpeg
    6D4C2D83-A3AE-457E-85CC-38B1D145C36F.jpeg
    294.8 KB · Views: 0

case44

Member
Definitely interested to see how it goes,I have a 3m Freeflow and have just priced up some Metcalfe tines to try some reduced toll or direct drilling but your idea with 250mom spacing sounds attractive.
Keep posting the pictures.
 

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
Do
Definitely interested to see how it goes,I have a 3m Freeflow and have just priced up some Metcalfe tines to try some reduced toll or direct drilling but your idea with 250mom spacing sounds attractive.
Keep posting the pictures.
the main reason we have gone to 260mm becos it makes the most use of the frame ie you can go rite to the edge and get the full4m working width instead of say 3.8metres but as we have made them to move along the frame we could in theory go to 300mm or reduce it down to 200mm it’s very versatile
 

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
After getting bracket back was fairly happy and not a lot had to be changed except for a few wholes that wasn’t needed being took out and one whole few mm bigger prototype going back with bits not needed
 

Attachments

  • 275CBF85-9F47-4F87-B808-F69ABC26B604.jpeg
    275CBF85-9F47-4F87-B808-F69ABC26B604.jpeg
    101.6 KB · Views: 0

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
The whole base of what this drill was based on was a sprinter type set up that gave us the base and a great starting point.. concept design of whole leg brackets and vos opener on minus the nice radiuses etc
 

Attachments

  • 253E2A3F-7DE9-47F0-BB29-5C0AF31B8D93.jpeg
    253E2A3F-7DE9-47F0-BB29-5C0AF31B8D93.jpeg
    101.6 KB · Views: 0
Last edited:

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
Why the brackets were being laser cut we had to start thinking of what leg to use to mount the vos opener too. We was going down route to have some more laser cut out but had to buy metal in then cost of laser cutting. but the whole point of doing this drill was to see how cheaply we could make a no till drill for so had the idea of re useing the freeflow front leading legs same on a cultipress to be the leg of choice worked out to be great once we cut them too size we wanted etc(they are bloody tough and used some grinding discs) I don’t think you could of designed anything much better without spending a fortune
 

Attachments

  • 99096912-56E9-4FA8-8B36-C004F5FAE93C.jpeg
    99096912-56E9-4FA8-8B36-C004F5FAE93C.jpeg
    179.6 KB · Views: 0
  • FEE78C1B-E8EF-48ED-B678-114A665B0C96.jpeg
    FEE78C1B-E8EF-48ED-B678-114A665B0C96.jpeg
    294.8 KB · Views: 0

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
Car full of laser cut bits for drill minus a fair few shillings also including some digger bucket brackets just to add to the workload lol
 

Attachments

  • C903BAD3-6189-4567-A29E-23DC647B3420.jpeg
    C903BAD3-6189-4567-A29E-23DC647B3420.jpeg
    200.5 KB · Views: 0

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
We wanted the vos opener directly in the middle of the leg not just welded to the side so we could get the spaceing spot on thus welding two brackets on the side of the leg that the vos bolts too
 

Attachments

  • D86B489E-588A-4EBF-ABAF-5F5CF2D13C1D.jpeg
    D86B489E-588A-4EBF-ABAF-5F5CF2D13C1D.jpeg
    290.1 KB · Views: 0

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
This box also arrived the most expensive part of the process but we felt the vos opener was the only choice and after doing a lot of research on tff seems to be very good Stuart from Marin Lishman was also great and a big help throughout the various stages of getting the drill together
 

Attachments

  • 45191EAB-FF52-41ED-AA8B-CF9B20A54593.jpeg
    45191EAB-FF52-41ED-AA8B-CF9B20A54593.jpeg
    198.2 KB · Views: 0

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
one of the next jobs was to get everything sprayed ready to be mounted to the drill. We couldn’t get a very good match on paint to the drill to match up but the closest we could get to is the yellow you see later down the line when drill is proven to work well we might re spray them to a better matching colour to drill. P.s ignore straw in spray booth shed has to be drafted in as emergency calving shed when times call
 

Attachments

  • CBE9C939-70A5-4907-B172-23C40B1A4D9B.jpeg
    CBE9C939-70A5-4907-B172-23C40B1A4D9B.jpeg
    159.3 KB · Views: 0

farmerman

Member
Location
Leicestershire
After spraying up all brackets legs etc we then had to start assembling everything ready to mount them to drill frame we put spacers in the middle of both brackets so the leg is free to move and break back if hits a stone etc hopeing that we save the vos point we found the easiest way and cheapest was to copy the layout of the front tines on freeflow and how they break back these are pictures of some bolts we used as a shear pin
 

Attachments

  • 8E545945-0AC2-4434-80BC-3365641153E5.jpeg
    8E545945-0AC2-4434-80BC-3365641153E5.jpeg
    603.7 KB · Views: 0

Latest Poll on TFF

  • Yes

    Votes: 22 14.9%
  • No

    Votes: 126 85.1%

JCB launches Fastrac ‘iCon’

  • 154
  • 0
Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine

JCB has launched new Fastrac 4000 and 8000 Series tractors with an all-new electronics infrastructure which is claimed to deliver higher levels of performance. According to JCB, the new Fastrac iCon operator environment has three key features: iConfigure – creating a bespoke control experience for every operator iConnect – integrating advanced precision agriculture technology iControl – redefining operation through new driveline software The 175hp to 348hp (133kW to 260kW) Fastracs feature the new iCon armrest console and touch-screen display to provide flexibility in operator allocation and operator information, as well as a new transmission control strategy to enhance operator comfort and powertrain efficiency, says the manufacturer...
Top