World’s Strongest Man pulls a seed drill

– in front of 6000 spectators as Väderstad-Verken celebrates its 50th birthday.

Magnus Samuelsson #3

Magnus Samuelsson, the 'World's Strongest Man', amazed the public during Väderstad-Verken's 50th birthday celebrations by drawing a 3-metre long seed drill. The machine, the Väderstad Rapid, weighed an astounding 4.7 tonnes. The celebrations in Väderstad on Sunday were attended by over 6000 guests. In addition to Magnus Samuelsson, there was an aerial display by the JAS Gripen and an opening ceremony with a speech by County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson.

Elisabeth Nilsson
The opening ceremony with a speech by County Governor Elisabeth Nilsson.

­– "We are incredibly impressed by Magnus, who managed to pull a Rapid with his bare hands. Agricultural machines require a lot of horsepower, but Magnus proved that manpower can pull a Väderstad seed drill", reported Fredrik Lundén, Director of Sales at Väderstad-Verken.

Magnus Samuelsson #3

Magnus Samuelsson himself has been a farmer in Östergötland for many years and is well acquainted with Swedish agriculture

"It was really great to be a part of Väderstad-Verken's 50th birthday party. For me it was a world premiere in pulling a seed drill and to do it in front of such a crowd felt fantastic", he said.

Över 6000 besökare kom till Väderstad under firandet, många bevittnade flyguppvisningen av JAS Gripen
In addition to Magnus Samuelsson, there was an aerial display by the JAS Gripen

Flight image entrance factory
The celebrations in Väderstad on Sunday were attended by over 6000 guests

Flight image Nybble
Our visitor centre Nybble in the forefront and the production facility in the back

20 000 Rapid seed drills, from the plains of Östergötland to Sudan

Väderstad-Verken launched the Rapid seed drill in the early 1990s and it came to revolutionise European agriculture. 20 years later, the company has supplied 20 000 Rapid seed drills around the world – from Östergötland to Sudan.

Väderstad-Verken is expanding strongly, with establishment of a new sales subsidiary in Denmark. In addition, factory production area is being increased by 5 000 square metres, a new Parts Centre is being built and the Väderstad visitor centre Nybble is being extended. Meanwhile, the company is continually developing new products and techniques.

"The success of the Rapid seed drill lies in its flexibility and ability to prepare the soil and drill in a single pass. It doesn't matter whether the farmer wants to direct drill in stubble or drill after ploughing or minimal tillage", explained Bo Stark, Director of Sales for the Nordic countries.