If you’re not at Canada’s Farm Progress Show right now, you’ve likely been sent pictures of what can only be described as a behemoth of a drill parked on the show’s grounds.
The 100-foot-wide Bourgault 3420 Paralink hoe drill is turning heads and possibly making farmers back way up to take in the full view of this beast. The impressive display has got more than a few farmers asking, “Why?!” and, perhaps not surprisingly, “When can I get one?”
For some of those answers, Shaun Haney spoke with Bourgault’s Robert Fagnou, who walks us through the features of this very-wide beast.
Available for limited release in 2016, Fagnou says that Bourgault has kept with its 10? or 12? spacing, with optional mid-row banders and the option of a 1300 bushel grain cart to complement the 3420.
A drill of this size is going to need to be extremely supple to convert to a reasonable transport size, and Fagnou explains that that was a key part of the development of this drill. When folded, the 3420 takes up a mere 18 feet and stands 16-feet high, which means it tucks behind the tractor when transported.
Weighing in at a hefty 75,000 lb on 10? spacing with mid-row banders, Fagnou says there are also 22 tires supporting that weight while in field position, and 14 in transport. Hydraulic flow demand is substantial, obviously, which leads Shaun to ask, “How do the tractor manufacturers keep up?”
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