Rapid — continuously adaptable

Rapid can be adapted to all field conditions and crops It can manage all soil types given that it is equipped with so-called long life solutions throughout the whole machine.
- This is also reflected in the machine’s second hand value. We tend to say that Rapid will last a Swedish farmer for all of his working life, says Johan von Mecklenburg, product manager at Väderstad AB.

It is thanks to the versatility of Rapid that it will continue to be a self-evident component of most of our cultivation processes, despite the fact that it is 25 years old. Regardless of what the trends are, whether they are direct drilling, simple ploughing or use of a cultivator, this machine is part of the process.
- Rapid is the toughest seed drill on the market in that it is so durable, both in its entirety and with regards to each individual component. It’s also one of the most reliable machines, given that it is constructed in such a versatile way, explains Johan.

Product manager Rapid drills
Johan von Mecklenburg

Five generations

Rapid has undergone five significant generational shifts over the years, but each year adjustments are made.
- Some examples include greaseless bearings, larger and tougher discs, new post-harrowing solutions, new front tools, more settings from the tractor cab — as well as hydraulic ones such as the e-control solution, explains Johan.
The greaseless bearings are one of the most revolutionary improvements that have been made. Two years ago Rapid 300-400C/S was equipped with greaseless bearings and half a year ago the same solution was applied to Rapid A 400-800S and Rapid A 600-800C as well.

Rapid 2015 sowing field
Latest model of Rapid 300-400C/S

Rapid A 800S
Latest model of Rapid A 400-800S

Customer collaboration has been a success factor in our development work

The greaseless bearings ensure that the new machines are maintenance free. Previously, it was necessary to go in under the machine and manually lubricate the bearings, taking on all the risks involved, such as having the discs hanging directly overhead.
- So this was a customer request that we had been developing together with the supplier over a long period of time No such technical solution existed before. It is an important success factor for us that we can work together with our customers when we identify a need. In this way we can develop the machine’s of tomorrow, says Johan.

Part of the farmer’s cultivation system

In the future we will form part of the farmer’s cultivation system to an even higher degree and we are generally aiming for greater precision and more automatic functions. User friendliness and interface are areas that we are continuously developing. Customers will have even more opportunities to configure their ideal machine.
- A machine is never finished: there are always new conditions and users to adapt to. When it comes to the E-Control system, that can either be integrated into a larger system together with GPS maps or it can be its own independent GPS function. Machine development and user experiences will continue along the same line as they have done thus far. One thing’s for sure: Rapid is here to stay, concludes Johan.