Cultivators can be broken down into two main groups, primary cultivators that 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 Trio, Vaderstad Topdown and Simba SL are popular machines in this category. 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.
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. 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.
Cultivator size variations
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 Cultivators
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 6-Acre site has hundreds of machines in stock. We’re conveniently located in central England.
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Very tidy machine, Year 2013, very good discs, auto-reset legs, packer is extremely good, still has paint on it!
Excellent condition, good discs, excellent cast ring packer, workshop checked, signed off by the engineer.
2014, excellent condition, auto reset legs, rubber packer roller, very tidy
4 Leg, shearbolt leg, excellent condition, very good discs and packer.
Excellent condition, Year 2019 very tidy machine, excellent points, discs are excellent, the packer still has paint on it, has done extremely little w...
Excellent condition, very little work done, ex demo, 2018 year, hydraulic depth wheels.
Straw harrows to fit Vaderstad Carrier 625 XL, good condition, comes c/w brackets and fittings.
2018 year, excellent condition, depth wheels, good discs, twin STS packer.
Excellent condition, Year 2012, new discs fitted, very good packer, new points fitted, very tidy.
2018 year, excellent frame and double packer, very nice example, new discs fitted, mint machine.
Excellent condition, very little use, DD Packer, good legs, new points, good discs, immaculate.
In good condition, shearbolt protection legs, good discs, packer wearing down.
Very tidy machine, good discs, packer is very good, ready for work.
2016 year, Double DD packer, good discs and levelling boards, excellent condition.
4M Topdown, it is quite worn, discs need replacing, some worn disc arms, there are 2 or 3 collapsed rings on the photos, as shown on the photos, price...
Year 2010, in good condition, pro-lift legs, good points, rear discs and packer are excellent.
Very good condition, 10m working width, STS Packer, new paddle boards fitted.
2017 year, excellent condition, twin STS packer, good discs, depthwheels, following harrow, very good wide machine! 12.5m working width
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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