Used Cultivators for sale in the UK

AMTEC stocks a range of used cultivators for sale to UK farmers. We’ve been sourcing used and second-hand cultivators, agricultural equipment and used agricultural machinery for farmers around the globe for over 25 years.


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We stock a number of leading brands and models of used cultivators, including the ever popular Vaderstad Topdown, Simba X-Press, and many more.

What does a cultivator do?

The term ‘cultivator’ refers to piece of machinery used to disturb the top surface of the soil, using various combinations of tines, spring tines and discs to prepare the soil for seed planting. Cultivators turn the soil, creating a smooth, aerated seedbed for planting into, and are also used to kill weeds growing in the soil.

What are the types of cultivator?

Cultivators can be broken down into two main groups: primary and secondary.

Primary Cultivators

Primary cultivators are designed for the first pass in uncultivated soil. Cultivators tend to work a little deeper and often are a combination of discs and tines. Machines such as the Sumo TrioVaderstad Topdown and Simba Cultipress are popular machines in this category.

Secondary Cultivators

The secondary cultivators tend to be lighter and are used for breaking down the soil creating a seedbed; often these are spring tine machines. Currently, we are seeing a growing demand for disc cultivators like the Vaderstad Carrier and Simba X-press used in both situations, to breakdown ploughing and cultivated land, or directly into stubble. View our range of new and used cultivators for sale below, as well as a selection of new and used farm equipment, including popular farming machinery cultivator brands such as Cousins.

How are Cultivation methods changing?

Cultivation methods have changed over the years, but the fundamentals remain the same, virtually all cultivators will use either tines or discs to move soil. The factor that has changed the most is the quantity of soil Cultivators move. In years gone by cultivation was very intensive with a lot of ploughing and deep disruption of the soil now many farmers are exploring the possibilities of minimum and even zero-tillage – you can find out more about this in our article on the pros and cons of direct drilling. Cultivation is, and always will be, a vital part of farming.

Firstly, as a method of weed control, either by burying them with deep cultivation or by the encouragement of early weed germination which can then be sprayed off.  Secondly to create a suitable seedbed and help the germination of the crop.

Used cultivators for sale in a variety of sizes – 3M, 4M, 6M and more

Cultivators can come in sizes from 2M to 10M or even 12M machines. The most common sizes are 3M – 6M and the larger machines folding to a maximum transport with of 3M.  Machines that work the soil with deep tines like a Sumo Trio can take some pulling, and as a result, tend to be narrower in size, but machines that work just the top couple of inches with spring tines or discs don’t tend to use a lot of horsepower so can be wider in size.

What are Short Disc Cultivators?

Short discs are extremely popular currently for their versatility, as they can be used directly on to stubble creating a stale seedbed and encouraging early weed germination or “chitting”.  They can also be used on top of ploughing and early cultivation to break it down into a softer seedbed ready for planting. 

How do I maintain my Cultivator?

Cultivators are simple to maintain with wearing parts readily available from most parts dealers. Care should be taken when using cultivators not to turn while the machine is in work saving undue strain on the machine. Moving parts such as bearings and pivots should be regularly greased to extend the life of the machine. A properly maintained cultivator will give years of fairly low-cost service. 

AMTEC’s Stock of Used Cultivators for Sale

AMTEC has been leading the way in quality used cultivation equipment for over two decades and have a large stock of cultivators from many of the leading brands such as:

As one of the nation’s leading suppliers to the agricultural industry, with more than 25 years’ experience, we have the knowledge to help you get the best deal. Our 9-Acre site has hundreds of machines in stock. We’re conveniently located in central England.

Our customer-centric approach is at the core of everything we do, ensuring all the farmers that choose us as their equipment partner save time and money while making the best decisions for their needs. Contact us today by calling 01926 640637, sending an email to [email protected], or by using the form on our website. Discover the ways we can help - you won’t regret it!

FAQ's about Cultivators

To protect the legs of a cultivator or plough from damage, many machines will have shear bolts.  These bolts pass through the leg and frame of the machine and are designed to snap when the legs come in contact with a rock or other unmoving object.  The idea behind this is to save the frame and leg from bending, using an incorrect shear bolt and result in the bolt not shearing and expensive damage occurring to the machine.

There is a huge range of cultivators available, mostly cultivators are designed with a tillage system in mind.  Starting from a minimum tillage system using machines like the straw rake, you can go to the other end of the spectrum to a heavy cultivator like the Sumo Trio.  One of the most popular cultivators of recent times has been the short disc.  Machines like the Simba X-press and the Vaderstad Carrier are an excellent all-round light cultivator which are equally adept straight onto stubble or breaking down ploughing.

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John Dalton - 07/06/2024
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