May 09, 2014
Great Plains is adding a 4m version of the Centurion to its drill range.
The new drill – the Centurion 4 – will be available as a grain only or grain & fertiliser model, and will be shown in concept form at Cereals 2014, with field testing planned for autumn 2014 and spring 2015.
It will feature two rows of 460mm cultivation discs running ahead of a tyre packer that offers highly consistent consolidation in front of Great Plains’ well proven 00 Series openers, with the option of either 125mm or 167mm row spacings. Control is via a Mueller ISOBUS-ready system.
Hydraulic down pressure ensures the coulters operate at consistent depth in all soil types, while accurate delivery of both seed and fertiliser is ensured by a pneumatic delivery system.
The new drill folds to 3m for transport, with the transport weight being carried on the packer, which is fitted with 420/55 17 tyres. A full European lighting kit is fitted.
Hopper weigh cells can be fitted as an option. Working via the hydraulic control system, these ensure the hopper’s weight is evenly distributed right across the drill’s width no matter how much grain it contains.
Other options include press wheel scrapers and harrows; bout markers; pre-emergence markers; tramline and seed blockage monitors; and either air or hydraulic brakes.
The concept machine will be the centrepiece of a busy stand, which will feature up to 15 machines, including the new European Yield-Pro YPE825 planter launched at Agritechnica and the FC08 (eight metre wide) Field Cultivator, both of which also fold to 3m.