An agricultural subsoiler, as the name suggests works the soil under the surface of the field, designed to open up the soil structure and improve drainage. The ideal subsoiler has minimum draft (meaning there is less pulling power required) but maximum heave to lift the soil as much as possible without unwanted clods coming to the surface. Most of the more modern subsoilers are designed in a V formation improving soil flow through the machine, this enables the legs to be closer together and improve lift across the width of the machine.
Some subsoilers are purposefully constructed to fulfil precise and well-defined tasks, demonstrating their targeted design and functional suitability for specific agricultural operations.
Grassland subsoilers are specifically designed to effectively break up compacted soil layers beneath grassy areas, promoting better root growth and soil health, reaping the overall benefits of subsoiling grassland. To ensure minimal damage grassland subsoilers are equipped with a leading disc in front of each leg, preventing the legs from tearing up the grass roots.
Another common sight is a subsoiler equipped with a micro seeder on top, often used for planting oilseed rape. The seeds are dropped behind the leg, creating a deep fissure that promotes downward root growth for the plants.
In agricultural practices, it is quite common to incorporate a subsoiler 'tine bar' that can be mounted ahead of another cultivator or power harrow. This arrangement serves the purpose of enabling two passes to be completed in a single operation. By combining these implements, farmers can enhance productivity and streamline the cultivation process.
A low disturbance subsoiler is designed to lift and reduce compaction, promote soil structure, and cause minimum disturbance to the top layer of soil.
Due to the working depth of the legs of a subsoiler, and therefore the strain, they have a safety mechanism to prevent damage to the leg. This can come in two types:
Included in our subsoiler category are mole drainers, these immensely popular machines are specifically designed to create a subsurface drainage channel. Thus, improving the soil drainage and connecting land drains in the field. Mole ploughing generally must be carried out after harvest and before drilling, in about a two-month window. The most important part of mole ploughing is ensuring that the soil is not too wet nor too dry. The soil needs to hold the shape that the mole has created, if it’s too wet it could fold in behind the mole and if it’s too dry it will crumble. Clay soils like those here at Gaydon Farm tend to be the one that needs the most help with drainage so benefit most from mole ploughing.
AMTEC has a range of subsoilers in stock from 2 leg subsoilers to mighty 8 leg machines, from manufacturers such as:
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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.