THE CAT AND THE TITAN

By | November 28, 2014

IMG_0248A new 4AG Titan 6300 roller drill, made for an impressive combination coupled to a  Cat Challenger in northern Southland last month.  Russell Drummond runs three sheep & beef properties in the Mossburn/Five Rivers region totalling 2800 hectares.  The terrain at Five Rivers is flat, whereas the ‘Castledown’ properties have a variety of rolling to steep countryside.  The large scale of the operation means around 750 hectares of ground is cultivated each year, with the majority of this being winter feed crops such as swedes or kale, and almost a third of this area in re-grassing. IMG_0282   The rubber-tracked Cat performs very well in the steep, challenging conditions, virtually eliminating wheelslip when pulling the 5 ton of roller drill.  It is a 1996 model putting out 300 horsepower, and we can go places that we would really struggle to get to with a conventional wheeled tractor, Russell says.   IMG_0258   After first viewing the Titan at South Island Fieldays at Waimumu earlier in the year, Drummond was really impressed by the overall strength and build of the machine, which was a major influencing factor in his purchase.  “We also have a large amount of rocks to contend with in many of our fields, so the ‘Duraforge’ ductile cast steel rings on the Titan really appealed to me.  We use a rock picker to remove a lot of the stones off the fields, but there is still a lot left.”  “We are very pleased with how the machine has gone, and the finish it leaves, which is far better than the roller drill we had before.  With the old machine we had to drag harrows behind it as well, which often resulted in the rocks being pulled up again.” IMG_0303   IMG_0244

"We milk 2600 cows in both North and South Islands, plus grow maize and various crops on 600 hectares of lease ground. We are constantly developing new ground to bring into production and the 4AG 970's are excellent for chopping up old, heavily thatched pasture and contouring rougher areas. Daily throughput is important to our size operation. so we're pretty happy to be averaging 3-4 hectares/hour!"