Many are familiar with Horsch’s Joker RT high-speed compact disc that was brought to the North American market back in 2008.
Now, the company has unveiled a fourth generation to the Joker series — the Joker RX.
Along with the 20-inch concave notched blade that has come standard on previous Joker models, one of the most notable differences of the RX Series is the ability to switch to 4-inch wave-width Vortex blades, which allow the Joker RX to achieve horizontal fractures at working depths from the surface down to four to five inches, the company says
Jeremy Hughes, product manager at Horsch, explains that shallow tillage is really divided into two segments today in North America: shallow tillage at approximately two to five inches deep, and then ultra-shallow at less than two inches from the surface.
“There is demand for both concave blades and wavy-coulter working action today,” Hughes says, “With Cortex, we are focusing on the vertical tillage or ultra-shallow tillage segment of the market. Now, you can switch blades on the same machine, making it more agile and giving farmers multiple modes of working action.”
On the RX, there are two new finishing systems compared to the previous Joker RT. The RingFlex system, which is an evolution of the original RollFlex system, provides performance in soil conditioning and consolidation. The RingFlex is also convertible for use in high moisture soil conditions and has proven durability in rocky conditions, Hughes explains.
The second option for a finishing system is the OptiRoll system, which provides a new approach to the rubber rollers found on competitive units. A dual-compound design with a poly centre sleeve and rubber rings, coupled with a perpendicular scraper system, gives better cleaning in high moisture conditions.
Joker RX models are available in five foot increments from 20 to 40 feet wide. Products can be ordered now and will be ready for delivery for the 2021 spring season across North America.
Check out the full details in the conversation between Jeremy Hughes and RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis, below: