After a few years of development, we finally got to try out the 6-meter-wide Imants 38FSX spading machine in 2019. This trailed spading machine has a separate subsoiler that is hydraulically adjustable in depth. Additional support wheels ensure a stable depth.
We also used our old spit and mud combination in 2017.
2016 was a late spring. This year we purchased the subsoiler that we tested in 2015, we spit everything in this way
In 2015 we again spit a lot with our Imants 57 spading machine. We also tested a new front loader from imants this year. This is mounted between the tractor and the spading machine so that it hangs about 30 cm further back. The 6 stools remove the soil 30 cm before it is digged. In this way, no compacted layer is formed after spitting.
In 2014 we still have our Imants 57 spading machine. This year we spit for the first time with the Fendt 939. We have specially purchased it with 1000E PTO so that we can work at a lower engine speed to save fuel. We have also replaced the europarts pneumatic seed drill with an Accord front tank seed drill. This is controlled via Isobus and can therefore be operated with the fendt terminal.
This year we spit about half of our acreage.
In 2012 we dug a lot both potato land and beet land.
Also in 2010 we continued digging with the fendt 936 with reichhardt rtk and imants 57.
Our new spading machine was delivered in the autumn of 2008. The new spitter was no longer equipped with hydraulic drive. The transmission was again mechanically as usual and adjusted to a speed of nine and a half kilometers per hour. In the spring we built a new and granulate seeder on our spading machine. This granulate seeder is a pneumatic so that the distribution of the I granulate is better. the sower is attached with an interchangeable frame that can be put on our cultivator in the fall. In the fall, this sower is used for sowing grain after the corn. Even now we were able to achieve a driving speed of 9 1/2 kilometers per hour at a working depth of 30 cm. Due to the loss of the hydraulic drive, consumption per hectare has dropped back to 19.5 liters. The capacity is still around 2.8 ha per hour. Our new tractor was delivered halfway through the new season. This was a Fendt 936 professional. We also spit with this tractor.
In the fall of 2009 Imants asked us if we wanted to try out the new 4.5 meter machine. They had built this machine especially for New Zealand. Only this machine had never been tried before. It soon became clear that this machine was intended for New Zealand when we tried to drive home. Because the machine was 5 m wide, road transport was actually irresponsible.
Once on land, some nice pictures were quickly taken before the machine went into the ground.
During the testing of the machine it soon became apparent that it had enormous capacity.
Combined with the RTK GPS controlled system, we were able to achieve a capacity of 4 ha per hour with an average fuel consumption of 13.4 l per hectare. This is much better than our three-meter machine, but as shown in the photos above, the machine is too wide to be transported by road.
In the spring of 2008 we started with our old machine, because it was still equipped with a granulate seeder. We did, however, equip the 930 with an automatic steering system from Reichhardt. Like the others, this steering system is completely integrated in the tractor (so no engine on the steering wheel). The system has run on a free Egnos signal with a higher precision than expected (officially 30 cm).
After all the parcels that had to be treated with granulates had been processed, we started driving the prototype 57 again. We had also just received a demo tractor from Abemec to compare it with our 930. With the new spading machine we were able to drive 9.5 km / h which amounts to 2.8 ha per hour. The spading machine turned reasonably well, only the hydraulically driven rake roller caused problems. The hydraulic motor got quite hot, causing the defenses to leak. The required hydraulic power was also very large, so consumption per hectare was certainly no lower than the old 52 machine. The Fendt 930 profi from Abemec was very good. We really liked the suspension and new cabin and driving speed of 60 km. Only the fuel consumption was a bit disappointing. Due to the new engine (Trier III), it consumes almost five liters more diesel per hour than our 930. In addition, our old 930 has 325 hp and this professional 930 only has 300 hp.
In 2007 we spit with a Fendt 930 vario. We wanted to increase the efficiency and match the load of the spading machine to the tractor (high weight of the spading machine). The capacity of the digging machine was not changed by a heavier tractor, because we should not dig faster than 7.3 km / h. However, consumption has fallen compared to the Fendt 824. Consumption per ha averages 19.6 liters per ha. Also underfeeding green manure is not a problem as you can see.
In the winter of 2007, we tested Imants' new prototype spading machine. The 57 has 6 pointed arms instead of 4 pointed arms per round. This theoretically increases the machine's capacity by a third percent. The prototype rake roller was hydraulically powered via load sensing and rotated depending on the driving speed using a computer in the cab. The machine was running well and we were going to do a long test in the spring.
In 2005 we tried whether the machine could also be used with a smaller tractor (Fendt 818 Vario). The digging went extremely well. consumption was comparable to our 824. About 21 liters per ha.
In 2004 we bought the new Imants spading machine. We have also equipped this machine with a granulate spreader. With the new spading machine we were able to achieve a fuel consumption of approximately 21 liters per ha. This consumption was lower than that of our team and the capacity was higher. Another advantage of this machine was that it was very easy to operate.
In 2003 we tested the latest Imants spading machine. With this machine we were able to dig up to 7.3 km per hour. Capacity can be greatly increased at this speed. We could dig up to 2 ha per hour.
In 1999 we had a granulate spreader built on the spading machine so that we could dig granulates. In this way we could treat parcels against nematodes.
Since 1998 we have started digging on our farm. The first spading machine we bought was an Imants 2.8 meter wide spading machine. This machine had a height-adjustable rear roller, allowing work at different depths. We spit with the Fendt 614 E and the Fendt Favorite 824. The working speed of this machine was around 4.5 km / h. This amounts to a capacity of about 1 ha per hour. Fuel consumption was around 24 liters per ha.