Väderstad Seed drill Spirit 400s in field

Spirit 400C/S

Precision and reliability

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.

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Part of the Spirit concept

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.

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Väderstad Spirit high precision seed and fertiliser metering

High precision seed and fertiliser metering

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.

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Väderstad spirit large hopper offering high capacity

Large hopper capacity

To minimise downtime in the field, Spirits hopper capacity is 3740 litre for the seed-only version and 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.

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Active coulter pressure

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.

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Always the correct distribution

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.

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Automatic headland management

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.

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Full control with Väderstad SeedEye

Väderstad SeedEye is a unique system for seed counting and seed monitoring. With SeedEye farmers can easily set the number of seeds per square metre, without the need for calibration. SeedEye ensures excellent seeding results with full control.

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Three techniques to place fertiliser

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The FIX-version has fertiliser coulters mounted in the front tool, eliminating an additional power requirement. The fertiliser is placed in 5cm wide strips at 125mm row spacing, in front of every seed row. The fertiliser depth can be adjusted from the cab according to the soil condition.

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The Nordic-version has aggressive disc fertiliser coulters that places fertiliser with a very high coulter pressure between the seed rows at 250mm row spacing. A benefit in conventional tillage spring drilling in dry conditions. 

Spirit 600-900C Nordic is available in 6, 8 and 9 metre working widths.

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The InLine-version places a low fertiliser rate in a separate outlet together with the seed in the seed coulter, providing the plant quick nutrient uptake. By separating the seed and fertiliser transport, these two distribution systems do not interfere with each other. This enables separate high accuracy blockage monitoring.

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Easy-to-use tramlining

Easy-to-use tramlining

The dynamic tramlining function makes tramlining simpler and more reliable than ever before. The function is easy to setup with the iPad-based control system Väderstad E-Control. When seeding the field, the seed drill automatically shuts off specific rows when needed to match the tyre tracks of the sprayer.

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Modern control system

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.

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Save passes with BioDrill

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 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.

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Product concept

Zone 1 - Seedbed preparation

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 fertiliser placement together with the front tool.

CrossBoard Heavy

System Disc Aggressive

CrossBoard Heavy System Disc Aggressive

FIX - Combi models

Track eradicators

Zone 2 - Consolidation

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.

Zone 3 - Seed placement

Spirit has 380mm 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 80kg to ensure a good penetration. The unique TriForce rubber suspension gives a supreme ability to follow ground contour.

Zone 4 - Reconsolidation

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. 

Zone 5 - Finishing

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.

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Technical data

Spirit 400S 400C FIX 400C Nordic 400C InLine
Metering Electric Electric Electric Electric
Working width 4,0 4,0 4 4,0
Transport width (m) 3,0 3,0 3 3,0
Transport height (m) 2,65 2,65 2.65 2,65
Transport length (m) 8,2 8,2 8.2 8,2
Basic weight (kg) 4800 5600 5600 5600
Volume seed hopper (l) 3800 4000 4000 4000
Number of seed coulters* 24/32 32 32 32
Row spacing seed (mm) 167/125 125 125 125
Number of fertiliser coulters - 32 16 32
Row spacing fertiliser (mm) - 125 250 125
Seed coulter pressure max (kg) 80 80 80 80
Seed disc diameter (mm) 380 380 380 380
Brakes H/P H/P H/P H/P
Recommended working speed (km/h) 8-14 8-14 8 14 8-14
Wheel dimension (transport wheels) 400/55x15,5 400/55x15,5 400/55x15,5 400/55x15,5
Hydraulic requirement 4 DA + FR 4 DA + FR 4 DA + FR 4 DA + FR
Draught requirement from (hp) 120 140 125 140
Oil flow requirement (l/min) 85 85 85 85
Väderstad has made every attempt to accurately portray our product lineup. However, due to our commitment to continually innovate our technologies to provide our customers the best possible products, some products may not be manufactured as shown on this site. Exact specifications for each product will be confirmed at the time of ordering.
LS = Load sensing    FR = Free return    DA = Double acting 
H = Hydraulic    P = Pneumatic     

* Depending on row spacing - 167/125mm

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