Claydon, which developed the direct strip seeding technique and is European market leader in this technology with its Opti-Till® range of machinery for sustainable crop establishment, will exhibit a 6m-wide version of the new TerraBlade Heavy Duty Inter Row Hoe at LAMMA 2020. The company’s stand (Hall 6, Stand 6.600) will also feature two examples from the extensive range of Claydon Hybrid drills, a 4m Hybrid T4 trailed model and 3m Hybrid M3 mounted unit, together with a 7.5m Straw Harrow and 6m TerraStar®.
Simple, reliable and economically priced, the Claydon TerraBlade Inter Row Hoe effectively eliminates weeds or companion crops growing between the rows in any strip seeding system, complementing the use of herbicides in a conventional arable system and providing the ideal mechanical weed control solution for organic growers.
Launched in response to strong and increasing demand for its existing TerraBlade models from owners of both Claydon Hybrid drills and other makes, the new 6m, 20-tine and 8m, 26-tine Heavy Duty versions have been designed to operate in even the heaviest soils. Both incorporate Claydon’s unique contour following TerraBlade tines which can be infinitely adjusted to suit any row width, enabling them to be used in any band sowing system, the pressure on the blades being adjustable to suit variations in soil types and conditions.
The pure, simple design of the new TerraBlade models deliberately avoids the mechanical complexity, high capital cost and ongoing operating expenses of some competitors. Carried on the tractor’s front linkage and steered manually, they incorporate a heavy-duty box section steel frame with a fixed centre section and two vertically folding wings.
The largest 8m model requires a minimum 80hp tractor, has an optimum working speed of 6km/h and provides an average work output of four hectares per hour. Weighing 720kg, it has a maximum width of 8.15m, but folds to 2.78m wide and 3.73m high for transport.
The TerraBlade range now includes six models, the two new Heavy-Duty units plus four standard versions with working widths of 3m, 4m, 4.8m and 6m and 10, 14, 16 or 20 tines.