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Sunflower Unveils Three Tillage Tools
Sunflower is bringing three new implements to its tillage line – a rotary finisher, disk ripper, and vertical tillage tool. The SF6830 high-speed rotary finisher and SF4630-09 disk ripper combine multiple tasks into one pass while the SF6610 rounds out Sunflower’s vertical tillage offering.
SF6830 High-Speed Rotary Finisher
“Sunflower is launching a new era in tillage with the SF6800 series, a tillage tool specifically designed to utilize a new concept in seedbed preparation,” says Larry Kuster with AGCO.
The heavy-duty design combines four types of rolling-ground engaging tools into a three-step process, reducing the likelihood of plugging. Because the tool doesn’t have any sweeps, it allows for high-speed, high-residue flow capabilities that aren’t attainable with traditional shank-equipped machines.
“The SF6830 Series utilizes a gang of 20-inch, low-concavity blades set at an 8° angle to provide just the right amount of lateral soil movement to level soil and anchor residue,” explains Kuster.
Behind the blades, there are sealed, service-free disc gang reels that turn at twice the speed of the disc blades. This allows the gang reels to aggressively break up clots and root crowns. Wavy coulter blades are positioned in a gang behind the blades and reels to continue sizing crop residue and fracture the soil.
The final element is two intermeshed gangs of Sunflower’s Rotary Spider Tines. The tines are designed to ensure the soil is level and that crop residue is mixed across the entire width.
4630-09 Disk Ripper
The SF4630-09 is designed to manage residue, get rid of soil compaction, and prepare the seedbed in one pass. Large, individually mounted 28-inch diameter disc blades are spaced 7.5 inches apart in two rows. You can choose between aggressive 28-inch Saber Blades or conventional 28-inch smooth edge blades. Both work from 0 to 8 inches. The C-Spring individual blade mounting provides improved material flow and rock protection.
Gang depth is controlled from the cab and adjusted independently of the ripper shanks. The heavy point load and parabolic shanks maintain the correct point position even at maximum depth.
The SF4360-09 is available with four finishing attachments, including a heavy-duty coil tine harrow, a two-bar heavy-duty coil tine harrow and reel, a five-spike tooth drag harrow, or a two-bar heavy-duty coil tine harrow and hydraulically controlled reel.
The SF4600 series is available in models ranging from seven to 13 shanks, with three models in folding configurations. The SF4630-09 is a narrow-transport, folding frame, nine-shank disc ripper equipped with walking tandem axles. The frame is constructed of high-strength, 4- by 8- by 3/8-inch steel tubing and is manufactured to withstand deep, aggressive tillage.
6610 Vertical Tillage Tool
The 6610 provides the same features and performance as larger Sunflower vertical tillage tools in a smaller package. The SF6610 is available in two operating widths – 11 and 14 feet. This brings the SF6600 series offering to nine models from 11 feet to almost 49 feet.
The SF6610 is equipped with Sunflower Saber Blades, tandem axles, large tires, and a strong frame, accommodating heavy finishing attachments. The standard walking tandem axles come with triple-sealed bolt-in spindles that cannot be damaged by over greasing, offset C-Flex bearing standards, and a maintenance free lift system with ultra-high molecular weight plastic bearings, reducing daily maintenance.