HEAVY IN THE FIELD, NIMBLE ON THE ROAD

By | August 11, 2016

Early August saw the first demonstrations in New Zealand of 4AG’s flagship heavy field roller the Titan LV 520T in Central Hawkes Bay.

Showcased for the first time at the Mystery Creek Fieldays in June, this machine has attracted strong interest from contractors and large-scale farmers who understand the benefits of heavy rolling their fields.

1 4AG Titan LV520T Heavy Field Roller

3 4AG Titan LV520T Heavy Field Roller

2 4AG Titan LV520T Heavy Field Roller

Traditionally locally built field rollers present difficulties in getting from job to job as their weight and design means they have no transport system other than pulling the roller on the road, or backing onto a transporter/low loader trailer. As some corporate farms and contractors are wanting to operate in multiple locations, this creates some problems. Stony field conditions benefit from heavy rolling at this time of the year in late winter/early Spring, where the ground still has sufficient moisture to allow the stones to be pushed beneath the surface.

The cost savings on damage to harvesting gear (disc mowers, foragers, combine header fronts) through coming in contact with stones during the silage season are significant. This allows contractors and farmers to confidently mow at better speeds during harvest, and also smooths out pugging and damage from wintering heavy cattle. This results in faster pasture recovery in early spring. Many arable farmers have also proved the benefits of rolling legume crops such as peas after planting, and rolling maize ground after planting is becoming more and more popular particularly in dry parts of New Zealand.

6 4AG Titan LV520T Heavy Field Roller

5 4AG Titan LV520T Heavy Field Roller

Weighing in at 10.2 ton fully ballasted, the Titan machine can comfortably roll fields at a workrate of 4.5-5.0 hectares/hour. But by far the biggest gains in productivity is when the operator folds the machine up to a 2.7mtr transport and travels along the road at 40km/h to the next job! The 1050mm diameter drums are available in two thicknesses of either 16mm or 20mm.

7 4AG Titan LV520T Heavy Field Roller

4 4AG Titan LV520T Heavy Field Roller

The Titan is shod with large 500/60-22.5 flotation tyres, and hydraulic or air brakes are optional. Level boards and grass harrow scarifying tynes are also optional extras.

Check out the Titan LV520T Field Roller Rolling winter pasture in Central Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand below. For more demonstration head over to our YouTube channel

"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!"