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Short Disk Delivers European-Style Efficiency

07/22/2014 @ 3:00pm

European-style tillage meets North American terrain with the introduction of the new Great Plains Short Disk.

The Short Disk’s parallel gangs deliver the high speed, consistency, and maneuverability of European disks but are designed to endure high-residue field conditions in North America. “The Short Disk marries the best of both worlds,” says Tom Evans, Great Plains.

The aggressive Great Plains Short Disk uses 24-inch-diameter discs that cut up to 7 inches deep. As a primary tillage tool, the Short Disk closely follows uneven ground contours, maximizes trash flow, and leaves a smooth finish on the top and bottom.

“We spread the gangs apart, allowing the Short Disk to flow the higher residue that occurs here in the states,” says Hank Kummer, Great Plains. “Our disk throws out to both sides in the front and throws in from both sides in the back, preventing dog tracking when it hits heavy soil conditions, yet achieving excellent cutout and a smooth, consistent surface throughout the field.”

Offered in 26- and 36-foot options, the disk transfers up to 3,750 pounds of removable weight from the center section to the wings, and hydraulic leveling is adjustable from the tractor cab. An optional gauge wheel package allows the machine to work through softer ground.

“We use walking tandems across the unit to allow for better ground contouring while working the field,” says Kummer. “Road transport axles don’t load up the inner tires on the crown of the road, which prevents premature tire wear.”

The Short Disk will be available in Spring 2015.

Standard equipment:

  • 10-inch blade spacing
  • Ductile cast blade/bearing mounts
  • Maintenance-free tapered bearing
  • 6-lip bearing seal
  • Fixed scrapers
  • CAT III or IV cast hitch

Optional equipment:

  • Front wing antiscalp gauge wheels
  • Hydraulic fore and aft adjustment
  • Wing gauge wheels
  • CAT V cast hitch

Optional finishing attachments:

  • Seedbed conditioner with single-row coil tine
  • Seedbed conditioner
  • Hydraulically adjusted cast roller

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