Fredrik Nannestad bought his first Rapid in 1995. Since then he has bought fourteen more Rapids for use in his contract machinery business in Ringsaker, one of Norway's most fertile agricultural areas. "The Rapid's fantastic solidity is well suited to our stony moraine soils", he explained.
By buying fifteen Rapids in seventeen years, Fredrik Nannestad has become one of Väderstad's largest customers. In fact, no other customer has bought so many Rapids. Fredrik Nannestad bought his first Rapid in Sweden, but the rest have been bought through Felleskjøpet, the Väderstad dealer in Norway.
"Our customers are very pleased that we don't draw up stones to the surface, that can be a challenge here", said Nannestad.
In his contracting business Nannestad has three Rapids, two combi-drills with 3 m working width and a 4.5 m drill that was originally seed-only, but which he himself converted to a combi.
Norwegian farms are relatively small, and Fredrik Nannestad has to move his Rapids along the roads to many customers.
"We drill about 900-1000 hectares a year. The spring work can last up to two months and two of the Rapids are constantly in use, Nannestad said. He is very impressed by the construction and quality of the Rapid:
"The machines are incredibly solid. They can withstand the tough conditions in all the stony soils we drill".
Actually, Väderstad developed the Rapid partly based on tests carried out in this region of Norway, where the farmers were looking for cultivation and drilling machinery that could handle their stony glacial till soils. The Rapid can handle both minimum tillage and direct drilling even in this soil, but Nannestad has noted a tendency for the return of the plough after increasing rainfall and wet conditions in recent seasons.
"The main advantage with the Rapid, and one that fascinates me, is the quality. It has a long lifetime and requires low maintenance. Of course with our conditions we have to replace the discs much more frequently than in areas with less harsh soils. An important feature is the paint, which in my experience is awesome compared with that on some other equipment", says Nannestad.
As a result, he buys a new Rapid almost every year.
"That is partly due to the high second-hand value of these machines", he says.
In this area there is mainly spring planted grain. The average is typically 4 to 6.5 tons per hectare for both barley and spring wheat and about 7 tons per hectare of oats, which is above the country average in Norway.