Let's Get Rolling

The V-Roller in Field Tests
The V-Roller in Field Tests

Great Plains is adding three new style rollers to the range of consolidation tools it offers with its mounted Simba X-Press and TL cultivators.

The company will introduce the rollers behind its DTX model soon, and is developing versions for use behind its range of trailed models.

The new rollers mean the company now offers a complete range of consolidation and seed-bed finishing actions, while also reducing the weight and price of the machines.

The heaviest of the new rollers is the MaxiLift, which features toothed rings that provide an effective pressing and consolidation action. At 140kgs/m, it fits below the existing DD550 (175kg/m).

In terms of weight, the Heavy Duty (HD) roller comes next, this being a fully welded steel roller that provides effective consolidation in tough conditions and on soils with high clay content. It weighs 130kgs/metre excluding scrapers.

The lightest of the new elements – 90kgs/m excluding scrapers - is the V-roller. This features a V-shaped pressing ring to consolidate lighter land. In moist soils the V itself fills with soil, so that it presents a flat face to the soil and its consolidation properties are increased.

“These new rollers will help Great Plains’ Simba models suit a wider range of mainly lighter soil types”, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director.

“Our ethos of providing effective consolidation behind all machines remains paramount, but is not always so important in all the markets we are now serving as it has been in our more established markets.

“They will reduce the weight and price of our models, enabling them to be moved and used behind smaller tractors, and also making them very price competitive – an important aspect in some markets.