Horsch's Maestro offers electric metering, hydraulic down pressure


The Maestro lineup has been around for a while, with two main features: weight transfer, and electrical metering drive run strictly off of the tractor.

“We thought that an additional generator on the back of the planter is exposed to dust, is exposed to rain, is exposed to any natural influence, and that can, in the end, only cause trouble,” says Horsch’s Johannes Hottenbacher.

“And even more important, I guess, we invented what we call the weight transfer system. So we take the weight of the cart to get a proper and homogenous downforce on the entire lengths of the toolbar…”

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Maestro planters, like all Horsch machinery, are designed to be safe, reliable, and long-lasting. They are equipped with a central-fill system Horsch calls MTS, or Main Tank Supply. Other features vary a bit with location.

“Here in Europe we offer from eight to 36 rows,” says Hottenbacher. “In North America we’re actually going higher — we go up to 48, but that would be different row width than we have here in Europe.”

Split-row planters are also available for the North American market (while not in Europe).

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