MaxiDrill - Mintill Drills
The MaxiDrill is designed as a high speed trailed minimum tillage drill but works equally well on ploughed and prepared seedbeds and can be used as a direct drill in certain conditions. The key feature of the MaxiDrill is the space within its construction which allows it to cope extremely well in wet, sticky and trashy conditions. This enables drilling in heavy residue seedbeds and late into the season when most other minimum tillage drills have been put away in the shed. Its road legal high speed axle allows fast transport between fields and farms and means a comfortable ride for the operator whilst enabling the press roller just to be used for consolidation whilst seeding and not for transport. 3m, 4m and 6m models are available with or without fertiliser.
This is where Sky drills benefit from their manufacturing partnership with Sulky, experts in fertiliser metering and application. All MaxiDrills can be specified with grain and fertiliser tanks at time of order. This consists of dual metering systems feeding two distribution heads which allows the fertiliser to be applied separately to the seed but in the same pass. A single control box with independent control of the two metering systems allows different rates of seed and fertiliser to be applied. These rates can be varied by the operator on the move or controlled by a GPS mapping system. Alternatively Slug pellets and seed or two seed types can be drilled at the same time. The primary seed is drilled using the disc coulter and the secondary product is applied by dedicated coulters in front of the press wheels.
- Variable capacity split hopper – The hopper division can be moved to allow a variable split between seed and fertiliser or 90% of the hopper capacity to be used for seed only.
- The fertiliser coulters are positioned one between each pair of seed coulters. Low pressure fertiliser distribution provides for precise positioning of the fertiliser between seed rows. High pressure fertiliser distribution spreads the fertiliser across the full drilling width.
- Paint – All Sky drills undergo a fertiliser proof painting process to ensure their longevity no matter whether they are used for fertiliser or not.
Cultivate and produce a fine tilth in front of the press. Individually mounted on rubber mounts for protection against stones. A slightly concave disc with small scallops moves and cultivates all the ground across the working width. Works at high rpm due to its size which creates a finer tilth for the seed to be placed in. Hydraulically adjustable from the tractor seat to suit conditions.
A full width row of staggered press wheels consolidate the seedbed behind the cultivation discs and ensure that the coulters are presented with a uniform and even soil surface to work in. The stagger of the press wheels reduces the HP consumption of the drill, especially when working in light soils as it minimises pushing soil along in a bow wave in-front of the wheels. Easy access to the tyres in order to change punctures should they arise.
The press wheels are only used in work in the field as the drill has a dedicated axle for road transport. This means that the tyre pressures can be set for field work and not for transport. This ensures flexing to allow them to keep clean in sticky conditions and reduces possible puncture damage due to high inflation. It also reduces the chance of surface compaction in wet soils that are prone to this.
Levels the soil and leaves some loose particles on the surface to prevent capping.
Easy to hitch, allows tight turns in transport and in the field.
The MaxiDrill is designed with a dedicated transport axle. This allows it to be fitted with hydraulic or air brakes and means the drill is safe and legal for high speed road transport. When using the MaxiDrill on a farm spread over many miles this can be a great benefit to productivity as well as providing peace of mind for the operator and owner. As the drill is fitted with the road axle and two large tyres there is no problem with the camber on the road affecting steering or overloading the central wheels of a full width press roller used for transport. High clearance for transport due to the transport axle and two section folding.
Rear Central Press - Recommended on well worked seedbeds, essential on ploughed ground.
Lateral Press - Recommended on ploughed ground for even consolidation across the working width.
Press Wheel Scrapers.
Pair of Eradicator Tines.
Work Lights - Long life LED lights.
Pre emergence Markers.
Independent Hydraulic tank with pump – For PTO drive of Fan.
Additional no ridge Harrow behind the staggered roller – For use on very light soils.
Additional 1+1 tramline closing valves.