New Year - New LAMMA - New T6c
The new-look LAMMA takes place at the NEC on 8 & 9 January. Claydon will be exhibiting in Hall 6 on stand 6.600 and will be launching the new Hybrid T6c - the compact version of its big brother the T6 6m trailed drill.
“The new T6c is over 20 per cent lighter and more compact than our standard T6, which was designed for larger farms and contractors who can make full use of its 5500-litre hopper” says Jeff Claydon. “It combines the high output of a 6m seeding platform with the nimble handling characteristics and manoeuvrability of our 4m T4 trailed drill, on which it is based. We believe that the new model will prove very popular with farmers in the UK and other countries who value the combination of lower cost and greater manoeuvrability over ultimate hopper capacity and output.”
Capable of drilling typically 45ha per day behind a 300hp tractor, the T6c is carried on the lower link arms and features a fully-floating seeding chassis which follows field contours exactly, ensuring accurate seeding depth under all conditions. It does this regardless of the weight in the hopper, which is carried on a separate frame supported on centrally-mounted depth wheels that run on clean, dry, uncultivated ground to avoid capping and compaction.
Providing a hopper capacity of 3500-litres, double that of Claydon’s 6m mounted drill, the T6c weighs approximately 7000kg unladen, compared with 9000kg for the T6. The hopper can be used for seed only or divided 60:40 between seed and fertiliser for combination drilling, a technique which is becoming increasingly popular with farmers and agricultural contractors throughout Europe and Scandinavia to get crops off to a fast start.
The new drill can be adapted to whatever the customer requires to suit different crops and conditions. They can have the standard tine set-up with a variety of coulter and seeding boot options, choose to have fertiliser placed down the front or rear tine, and can specify press wheels instead of the standard front shouldered cutting discs if they prefer. At the rear, the double toolbar can be equipped with a range of press wheel, board and harrow configurations to fully cover the seed and leave the soil smooth and level.
T6c folds to 2.90m for transport and is equipped with a wide range of standard features, including single-point depth control, a stainless-steel Kverneland metering system and an ISOBUS compatible RDS Artemis control system which provides tramlining and variable seed rate capability. The specification also includes a hydraulically-driven fan, Claydon-designed distribution heads for improved flow and seeding accuracy, together with a tramline kit and hopper cover. Amongst the options are a vision kit which incorporates work lights and cameras so that the operator can monitor the drill from the tractor cab, GPS variable-rate seeding, blockage sensors, pre-emergence markers and brakes.