Yes. Drilled about 200 ac of osr and cover crops. Largely successful but with a few hitches. Main thing is evetything has establishrd well. Will put more about it on here when I have more time.Have you used the drill yet? It would be interested to see it in action and hear your thoughts on the success of your conversion.
Yes, I've been looking at doing exactly that.Would it be possible to fit a John Dale coulter on the Simba tines?
In short, it worked well. Welds held. No broken tines. Everything I drilled with it has established well.Hi . i would love to hear more about your conversion - how did it work out and what were the 'hitches'? i am thinking of converting a 3 m miniflow with dale/weaving tine ends to the existing springs as you have done. Any problem with trash buildup? Any advice would be appreciated. Also did you roll after or was the rubber packer doing enough? Tidy looking job by the way- love to see good simple conversions. Did the welds hold? Thanks Nigel
Drilled 200 ac of covers, osr and wheat. Only thing I rolled afterwards was 12 ac of 2nd wheat. It was into October and the soil surface was surprisingly wet under the chopped straw. I was a bit concerned about open slots as it was my 1st ever attempt at dd 2nd wheat and I was ultra cautious about slugs. I rolled it crossways to be sure any open slots were closed.Thanks for reply. Did you roll after or just packing roller? Have you tried beans or do you think you would get enough depth? Was the "extreme" trash from chopped or unchopped straw? Sorry for all the questions but you have done a class job on the tines and I am thinking of doing the same. Nigel
I had the welding done by some local engineers who do ship repairs. I wanted them done properly. I don't know what rods they used or if it was a mig. I do know they heated the tines up before welding the coulters on.Thanks so much for such a detailed reply - you have pretty well confirmed what I thought! Last question and then I ll leave you alone! What grade of welding rods did you use to weld the tines?. Please let us know how the crops did in the end which after all is all that matters. The seed doesnt care what colour the drill is! Thanks again for all your imput and well done on a bit of classy engineering!
I think it is worth having the tine drill for drilling into chopped straw in autumn. I do not think my winter covers or crops would look anything like as good if drilled with the 750. I did try drilling some wheat into a heavy mat of chopped straw with wet soil underneath with the 750 and abandoned it because of hair pinning.Looks good. Would you say it's been worthwhile as you also have the 750a?