SimTech Aitchison Drills

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
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Montgomeryshire
That's the tips that mine had. The 'bigger brother' TSem now has slightly different ones, on different boots. I'll try to get a picture tomorrow if I remember.

A tip for you @Yale, keep any worn points when you take them off, then you'll have a supply of part worn ones to match any that get broken later.(y) Not that you should have to change them for a few years (supposed to last for about 500ac IIRC).
 

Ruston3w

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Location
south suffolk
If it's soft on top then the rings do collapse the tee slot from either side a bit as well....If we leave anything needing more than that it's better rolled a day later?
 

Ruston3w

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Location
south suffolk
ok, looks good, have you got to harrow/roll after?
Still not got the hang of levelling beet land here without moving too much soil...that's where i miss the Horsch, you could drag as much dirt as you needed, even with a variety of front presses we still make too much work in front of the simtech
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
ok, looks good, have you got to harrow/roll after?
Still not got the hang of levelling beet land here without moving too much soil...that's where i miss the Horsch, you could drag as much dirt as you needed, even with a variety of front presses we still make too much work in front of the simtech
I’ll roll after, to keep the moisture in for when the drought hits next week....:facepalm:

The Delta moves a fair bit of soil tbh, but without bringing stones up. I did the same on another field that was lifted beet, to remove the inevitable compaction from the lifting, and then the surface capping from the sheep that were in afterwards.
The Simtech works better if the ground has been rolled beforehand, if it’s been cultivated, or depth control can be a bit erratic IME. You can replace the leading discs with a roller to achieve the same, but more £s obviously.
 
What depth are SimTech users aiming for when drilling small seeds like grass, forage rape or stubble turnips? trying here to go at 1inch but doesn't look as tidy as when I do cereals at 2 inch,
 
If drilling into a medium that allows the 'tunnel' to remain open, the depth doesn't really matter - I remember being told about a chap in Scotland drilling turnips 3-4"! But if the slots collapse such as drilling in stubble, you need to go very shallow or the seed just gets buried. I think you are probably better having a disc drill for stubbles.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
As above, it depends on soil conditions. I drilled some grass into soft (cultivated) conditions in the Spring, where I practically sprinkled the grass & clover on the surface.
A fortnight ago I DD’ed stubble turnips into rock hard stubble (ahead of promised rain), where I was pretty well chipping a trough in the hard clay, dropping the seed in and dragging the shattered dust loosely over the slot.
 
Calibrated SimTech for forage rape today, but used 30% more than I should of when drilling the field and no ides why. Used it last on beans and wonder if that has affected the accuracy for small seed by either stretching the springs or wearing the sponges Any ideas ?
 

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