Used Drills For Sale in the UK

Amtec has been sourcing machinery for farmers around the globe for over 25 years. Our selection of seed drills and drills is extremely extensive with drills suitable for many different soils, weather conditions and seed types. Power harrow combination drills and tine seeders for wet conditions, and the ever-popular Vaderstad Rapid and Horsch DC Pronto for high output drilling in drier conditions. There has been an apparent increase in recent times in direct drilling, leading to an increase in our range of seed drills and drill. With this taken into consideration, we now stock a comprehensive range in Claydon, Moore, and Sumo drills.

Establishing a crop is the most important part of the farmer’s job. The profitability of the farm depends primarily on the success of the crop and all the jobs that revolve around it. It is important to get the cultivation methods right and create the seedbed, whilst maintaining the crop during the year. Disregarding how the crop is initially planted and whether it is done correctly, can lead to the entire process being useless.

Drilling methods are varied, consequently the varied range of drills on sale today can be confusing. This is why we have provided some detailed information around our range in agricultural drills for sale.

Amtec stock drills from a wide range of the leading manufacturers including:

Most Agricultural Drills fall into the following categories:

  • Box drills – the simplest for os metering and distribution. This drill relies on gravity to feed the seed through the metering unit and then to the coulters which are either discs or tines.
  • Tine drills – e.g. Kverneland TS Evo or weaving tine drill. These are a simple and effective drill, ideal for wet conditions as they are light and tractor mounted. Usually a fairly inexpensive method of crop establishment.
  • High output cultivation drills – e.g. Horsch Pronto DC or Vaderstad Rapid seed drill. These are some of the most popular drills currently available. Able to drill accurately at high speeds and cover large acreages. Whilst not the best drill in wet conditions these drills do produce excellent results.
  • Combination drills – e.g. Amazone or Kuhn. A power harrow with a drill mounted on it. This is another wet weather option due to it being tractor mounted. The power harrow adds another pass of cultivation. They are not usually very high output and a wide option would need a front hopper to keep the drill effective.
  • Direct drills – e.g. Claydon, Moore and Mzuri. Growing in popularity this is a massive time and money-saving option. Drilling straight into uncultivated soil is not a proven technique in all land types but is certainly an attractive proposition in saving money in crop establishment. There is never a one size fits all approach when it comes to planting, which is why here at Ellis Machinery, we have a wide selection of drills.
  • Precision drills – used predominately from crops such as maize these planters place the seeds one at a time with great accuracy resulting in an even distribution of plants. Often they will place fertilizer in the same pass to assist crop growth.

The above drills require different ground preparation and cultivation techniques to provide the right kind of seedbed for crop establishment. Some are more intensive than others but each has its own merits in the right conditions.  

One of the most important parts of drilling is getting them set up right and running of the drill correctly. There are some simple checks that can be carried out before use and a guide on troubleshooting drill problems on our blog

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.

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 sales@amtec.co.uk, or by using the form on our website. Discover the ways we can help - you won’t regret it!

Cant find what youre looking for? Drills FAQs

Drills FAQ's

The drill is probably the most important piece of machinery you’ll buy.  The Drill you buy will depend on the type of tillage system that you use, whether it be a direct drill or strip-tillage system, or a drill and power harrow combination that is perfect for drilling after ploughing.  Direct drills are very popular these days with the UK made drills like Mzuri and Claydon leading the way with direct tine drills. 

Vaderstad revolutionised the drilling market in the ’90s with the rapid which brought high speed, accurate drilling to the fore.  These type of drills are very popular today with models from most of the leading brands including; Horsch, Vaderstad, Kuhn and Kverneland.  Another very common drill used today is the Horsch Sprinter which is a tine type drill that can be adapted for direct drilling.

Direct drilling is very attractive to most farmers as it removes the need for multiple cultivation passes to create a seedbed.  The main benefits are cost reduction due to the reduced groundwork and soil heath as there is less traffic and soil disturbance helping the soil to work organically as nature intended.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t work for everyone; in some situations, the soil or conditions mean that more cultivation is required to increase the germination of the crop.

To extend the life of your drill and to reduce damage how you store your drill after use is very important.  There are 3 main actions to carry out:

  1. Ensure the drill is thoroughly cleaned out, and all the seed (and fertiliser if it is a grain and fert drill) is removed, leaving seed in the hopper can not only damage the drill but also encourages rodent activity which can cause a lot of expensive damage to the metering system and the electrics.
  2. The drill should be cleaned and oiled/greased this will help keep any water out of the bearings and moving parts which will prevent them from being seized next time you come to use it.
  3. Keep the control box in a warm, dry place. The control box is one of the most important parts of the drill but is also one of the most delicate.  Ensuring that it doesn’t get damp and is kept at a constant temperature means it’ll be working again next year.

Weather can be a real problem when drilling, particularly when the conditions are too wet.  There is no definitive solution or perfect machine, but the best types of drill for these challenging conditions are mounted machines like a tine seeder or power harrow/drill combination.  The tine seeder is effective due to the lightweight and open frame helping to cope with high trash and damp soil and also preventing it from sinking.

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