Spirit 400 is a 4 metre wide pneumatic seed drill, available either as the seed-only version Spirit 400S or as the combi version Spirit 400C. The heavy-duty frame guarantees a long working life, while the high precision metering and large seed hopper provide an impressive result with less downtime on the field.
The pneumatic seed drill Spirit carries out levelling, seedbed preparation, reconsolidation, seeding and pressing in one pass. It is known to provide impressive precision at high working speeds on the field. Thanks to the individual row depth control, Spirit always places the seed at the intended seeding depth. You benefit from an even emergence over the entire field.
The metering system Fenix II, combines high precision metering with great capacity.
The combi version Spirit 400C meters out both the seed and the fertiliser via two separate Fenix II metering systems.
Fenix II is driven by a heavy-duty electric motor enabling Spirit 400C to meter up to 500kg fertiliser per hectare at 15km/h.
To minimize downtime in the field, Spirits hopper capacity is 105 bu (3740 litre) for the seed-only version and 110 bu (3900 litre) for the combi version. The hopper is very easy to fill due to its large opening with a roll-up cover operated from the ground,
With an open machine design, you benefit from good access to all components throughout the machine.
To ensure an even seed depth also in hilly terrain and at varying soil types, Spirit 400C/S is equipped with an active seed coulter pressure.
Sensors in the hydraulic system immediately registers if Spirit is located on a crest or a trough. If so, automatic valves directly compensates for an increased or decreased pressure. Thereby the seed coulter pressure is kept at a constant pre-set value, irrespective of which working angle the seed coulters are in, relative to the rest of the machine.
The result is an impressive seed placement and an even emergence over the entire field.
The distributor heads are placed in a high position. This keeps the seed hoses at the perfect angle even in hilly terrain, this ensures a perfect distribution over the entire working width.
When lifting or lowering the seed drill at the headland, the automatic sequence control lifts or lowers the working zones one by one. When entering the field the system makes sure the front tool is lowered into the soil before the seed coulters and the following harrow.
By optimising this automatic lifting and lowering sequence, the seeding accuracy is enhanced at the headlands.
This system makes it possible to drill the headland first, without disrupting the result when drilling the rest of the field.
By equipping Spirit 400C/S with SeedEye blockage monitoring, the seeding can be visualised in real time.
SeedEye registers each individual seed passing through the tubes. If a deviation should occur, the SeedEye system gives an immediate warning so that any impact on the drilling can be quickly remedied.
The FIX-version have fertiliser coulters mounted in the front tool, eliminating an additional power requirement. The fertilizer is placed in 2" (5 cm) wide strips at 5" (125 mm) row spacing, in front of every seed row. The fertilizer depth can be adjusted from the cab according to the soil condition.
The InLine-version places a low fertilizer rate in a separate outlet together with the seed in the seed coulter, providing the plant quick nutrient uptake. By separating the seed and fertilizer transport, these two distribution systems do not interfere with each other. This enables separate high accuracy blockage monitoring.
Spirit is equipped with the iPad-based control system Väderstad E-Control.
In addition to an extensive control and monitoring of the seeding process, the control system offers the possibility to adjust the working depth of the front tool, the seed coulters as well as the hydraulic following harrow, while driving on the field.
User-friendliness, cost-effectiveness and an easy to update system are some of the major advantages.
By equipping Spirit 400C/S with the mountable small seeder BioDrill, a small seeded crop such as cover crops or ley, can be drilled together with the main crop.
The spreader plate distributes the seed very evenly in front of the seed coulters.
BioDrill provides a full-scale high precision seeding, at the same time as it saves passes on the field.
Depending on the front tools, Spirit can be adapted to varying conditions. The working depth and intensity of the front tools can be easily adjusted from the tractor cab. The combi models, has fertilizer placement together with the front tool.
To ensure a firm seedbed prior to seed placement, large packer wheels consolidates the soil between the front tool and seed coulters. This offers great advantages in lighter soil, as well as in fields where the soil is loose as an effect of a deep cultivation or a cultivation with insufficient reconsolidation.
Spirit has 15" (380 mm) large discs for high speed accuracy. The OffSet discs move the soil to the side and place the seed in the bottom of the seed furrow. The soil falls back behind the discs and covers the seed with fine soil. The seed coulter pressure is up to 175 lbs (80 kg) to ensure a good penetration. The unique TriForce rubber suspension gives a supreme ability to follow ground contour.
Each individual seed coulter has a wide coulter press wheel. This allows the seed coulters to respond to any irregularities or soil variations on the field, thereby ensuring the working depth is constantly maintained. The generous diameter of the coulter press wheel, further results in a smooth ride with minimal impacts from vibrations, thereby increasing precision at high speed.
The following harrow is positioned to run in-between the seed rows, so there is no risk of disturbing shallow-drilled seeds.The following harrow creates a loose evaporation barrier to preserve moisture and prevents capping after heavy rain.
|Spirit||400S||400C FIX||400C InLine|
|Working width feet (m)||13' (4.0)||13' (4.0)||13' (4.0)|
|Transport width feet (m)||10' (3.0)||10' (3.0)||10' (3.0)|
|Transport height feet (m)||8.5' (2.65)||8.5' (2.65)||8.5' (2.65)|
|Transport length feet (m)||27' (8.2)||27' (8.2)||27' (8.2)|
|Basic weight lb (kg)||10580 (4800)||12345 (5600)||12345 (5600)|
|Volume seed hopper bu (l)||105 (3740)||110 (3900)||110 (3900)|
|Number of seed coulters*||24/32||32||32|
|Row spacing seed inch (mm)||6.5"/5" (167/125)||5" (125)||5" (125)|
|Number of fertilizer coulters||-||32||32|
|Row spacing fertilizer inch (mm)||-||5" (125)||5" (125)|
|Seed coulter pressure max (kg)||80||80||80|
|Seed disc diameter (mm)||380||380||380|
|Recommended working speed mph (km/h)||5-9 (8-14)||5-9 (8-14)||5-9 (8-14)|
|Wheel dimension (transport wheels)||400/55x15,5||400/55x15,5||400/55x15,5|
|Hydraulic requirement||4 DA + FR||4 DA + FR||4 DA + FR|
|Draught requirement from (hp)||120||140||140|
|Oil flow requirement (l/min)||85||85||85|
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|LS = Load sensing||FR = Free return||DA = Double acting|
|H = Hydraulic||P = Pneumatic||N/A = Not available|
* Depending on row spacing - 167/125mm