The Versatile TopDown cultivator from Väderstad offers a broad spectrum of possibilities. The great advantage is that TopDown is capable not only of shallow tillage but also deeper tillage when the need arises. TopDown works the soil both at the top and down below. This makes TopDown a true one-pass-machine.
The 45 cm diameter System Disc Aggressive cuts residues into small pieces and mixes and crumbles the soil very finely at the same time. The following three-axle cultivator with small tight tine spacing and MixIn shins keeps the clods small and mixes the soil down to 30 cm. The aggressive packer crushes clods and consolidates to full working depth, leaving a very even surface.
The different settings could also be used separately giving various operation modes;
TopDown without packer
Working depth of the tines can be adjusted steplessly down to 40 cm independently of the settings of the other implements in the machine. This means that TopDown has a wealth of variation and a range of applications encompassing almost everything that could be required from a modern soil tillage machine.
The independent depth adjustment of discs and tines makes it possible to easily adapt the work done by TopDown to the conditions in each field. Some fields only require shallow tillage to prepare the seedbed and then drill. Other fields require deeper cultivation to mix in large amounts of straw or to loosen hardened layers.
The degree of soil firming can also be adjusted from the free weight of the rollers to the entire weight of the machine resting on the steel rings. It is even possible to remove the packer to leave the soil open for a longer period, for instance in wet conditions.
TopDown is an excellent machine to improve the soil structure. The variety of point options and the flexibility of settings on the machine make it possible to increase yields in all types of land and cropping systems.
TopDown is available in 3 to 9 m widths. The transport width is 3 m except for the 9 m model where the transport width is 5 m.
TopDown has undergone rigorous testing, a part of it in Kimme quarry. The reliability of the machine is confirmed by customers who have covered thousands of hectares with their TopDown.
In the front of TopDown there are two rows of conical discs, System Disc Aggressive, that give a full cut-out of the surface. As soon as the harvest residues are mixed in, biological processes set to work and the decomposition rate increases. The working depth of the discs can be adjusted steplessly during work.
The cultivator section of TopDown consists of three rows of hydraulically suspended rigid tines developed to loosen and mix the soil. These can be fitted with a wide range of point options – 50 or 80 mm wide. The division into point and shin maintains the same mixing ability at all times.
A 300 mm wide wing share is available as an option.
The Low disturbance point is available for loosening without bringing raw soil to the surface. The low disturbance point increases the drainage capability and helps in improving the soil structure.
The Deep Loosening point is introduced as a means to loosen the soil even deeper for pan breaking and improved drainage.
The levelling discs on TopDown even out any ridges left by the final row of tines. The levelling discs are mounted on rubber suspension, which ensures good contour following and high stone tolerance. The levellers can be steplessly controlled from the cab during work. In this way it is easy to suit the degree of levelling to the conditions in individual fields and the amount of coarse material on the surface.
Soil consolidation is an important part of thorough soil cultivation. A good reconsolidation is the key to getting volunteer seeds to germinate, whereby they can be controlled mechanically or chemically. Reconsolidation is also good for preserving moisture in the soil. The degree of pressing can be controlled according to conditions from the free weight of the rollers to the whole weight of TopDown. The steel rings have an aggressive profile, crushing clods and working straw into the soil surface layer to ensure optimal decomposition rate.
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