Limerick-based Samco Agricultural Engineering made a name for itself a number of years ago with their pioneering maize seeder. Now the company has expanded its range of products with the launch of its Field Lift and Groundbreaker at this year's Ploughing Championships (stand number 429).
Samco says that its Field Lift has been designed to be stronger than anything else offered on the market and features only one easy-to-change wearing part. It adds that the Field Lift has been engineered and built to improve a field's soil structure where compaction has affected it, particularly over the past number of wet years.
The Samco Field Lift twin-leg machine features a hydraulic accumulator release. A pressure gauge allows the operator to monitor/adjust the leg pressure from the cab depending on soil condition and forward speed. Samco says its twin-leg Field Lift is designed to operate immediately after harvest to open the soil structure and prevent run off. Power requirement, according to the firm, is 160 to 300hp.
An optional heavy-duty tine harrow is also available as an attachment for spring cultivation.
The firm is quoting special prices for the ploughing match:
- Two-leg lift: €7,500 + VAT.
- Three-leg lift: €9,200 + VAT.
- Two-leg lift with rear harrow: €9,500 + VAT.
Alongside the Field Lift, Samco's new heavy-duty land leveller -- the Groundbreaker -- is a radical new method of seed-bed preparation. The three-metre machine uses a front blade to cut into the ground and create its own soil. The high frame design of the machine allows the soil to pass through unobstructed. The high sides of the Groundbreaker contain the soil as it passes through the machine.
At the rear of the Groundbreaker, a hydraulically adjustable rake captures big stones, bringing them out to the headland where they can be dealt with.
The same feature also breaks clods as they pass through the machine. Samco says the Groundbreaker will create a level, firm seedbed ready for grass seeds. Power requirement for the three-metre machine is 120-180hp.