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GRIMME boosts planters with new features

GRIMME announces that several new features were added to its GL 420 and GL 430 four-row cup planters, as well as the GB 430 belt planter. These include single-row on/off switching; further protection against soil erosion with the new TerraProtect system; and an operator friendly planter-and-tractor coupling system.

New cost-effective single-row on/off switch

GRIMME uses a new single-row control system as the basis for Section Control on the cup planters type GL 420 and GL 430. This new development is a cost-effective alternative to the common hydraulic single row drive.

The common drive for four planting elements is provided by only one hydraulic motor, driving a continuous shaft. Electromagnetic clutches are now mounted for each individual planting element. The planting elements can be switched on and off quickly and conveniently from the operator terminal. As an option, the planting elements can be automatically switched on and off by using Section Control, depending on the GPS position.

The new single row switching by use of an
electromagnetic clutch at each planting element

Protection against soil erosion with GRIMME belt planters

For the 2021 season, the GRIMME GB 430, a four-row potato belt planter can be optionally equipped with the dyking system called TerraProtect PRO (patent pending) for erosion control in potato cultivation.

The TerraProtect system consists of a loosening tine with integrated stone protection and a subsequent small dyking device. The loosening tine loosens the underground and increases the capacity of water absorption of the soil. The dyking-share, adapted to the contour of the ridges, generates traverse-dams (so-called dykes) for water storage. Thus preventing valuable soil from being washed out during heavy rainfall. This protects the productive soil and ensures an even water supply for the crop.

The GB 430 with TerraProtect PRO draws dykes between potato ridges

The TerraProtect PRO works with an intelligent control for comfortable operation from the tractors cab. The maximum protection against soil erosion is achieved by an even spacing of the dykes, so an equal amount of water can be stored everywhere. This is made possible by an automatic control system that adapts the frequency of dyking to variable driving speeds. The TerraProtect PRO offers convenient single ridge switching for each dyker and an integrated spraying track switch-off for increased comfort.

Construction of the TerraProtect System

Operator-friendly coupling of planter and tractor

For easy and convenient coupling resp. uncoupling of the machine, all available drawbars for the trailed GL 430 cup-planters are now equipped with a hydraulic jack stand as standard. At the same time, the GL 430 receives a new hose cabinet for the hydraulic and air connections. Furthermore, the hose routing has been optimized for simplified connection with the tractor.

The GL 430 with a standard, hydraulic jack
stand and the new hose cabinet

Source: GRIMME

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