With a number of five and six metre machines already operating throughout the South Island and some of the larger XE models in 10 and 12mtr widths with the biggest operators, the 7.5mtr machine is a model that is proving popular for those with larger acreages.
Hooked to a near new John Deere 8320R, the XOF 8000 made a beautiful job top working ploughing in stony conditions west of Ashburton in late July. The operator commented that one of the problems with ploughing winter crop ground there is a lot of small stones left on the surface. Hitting the plough furrow at a slight angle, and a working depth of 100mm, the Swifterdisc was very effective at preparing a seedbed in one pass and mixing and burying the stones present.
The front hydraulic levelling paddles, and the unique twin-disc mounting of the 520mm blades, levelled well and handles large volumes of crop residue (in this case stones!). Comfortably operating at 12 km/h with no bouncing due to the centrally mounted transport chassis, and front support wheels, througputs of up to 9.0 hectares/hour were impressive!
Check out the 7.5mtr Bednar Swifterdisc XOF top working ploughing in Ashburton below and for more demonstrations, head over to the 4AG Youtube Channel