When it comes to field work in either spring or fall, time is money. To speed up the process, Brandt Industries rolled out the new HP Torsion Harrow last fall and is currently moving units to dealers for #plant21.
The new implement comes in 100- and 120-feet widths, geared to the larger producer who needs to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, says Sheldon Gerspacher, vice president of sales, dealer channel at Brandt Agricultural Products.
The fastest operating speed the company recommends is 12 miles per hour, and it can be used in both spring and fall for seed-bed prep or residue management.
“It certainly fills the gaps where, it seems now that our windows become tighter and tighter in spring and fall to get our field work done,” says Gerspacher. “Weather obviously, and mother nature can play some tricks on us, so by designing these bigger harrows, we’re allowing especially the bigger producers to get across their acres when they need to, efficiently and safely.”(Story continues below player.)
The product development process at Brandt starts from the ground up and with input from customer focus groups. “Harrowing isn’t a new thing within the industry, but how can we make it better, were the questions that we asked our producers, right across North America and also overseas,” says Gerspacher.
Independent suspension on each torsion section, ensures a consistent down-pressure with ground contouring. At nearly 50,000 lb machine weight, the unit applies sufficient pressure to level ruts and blacken soil.
Steel hydraulic lines were added to provide durability compared to common rubber hoses, he says, while tough 2.5 inch carbide tips provide unmatched tine longevity, reducing replacement costs.
“We’re very proud to announce that we’ve shipped several units over to Kazakhstan, just before Christmas, which is fantastic for a brand new product like this,” says Gerspacher. “So, we feel there’s a market both here in North America, especially in Western Canada, but also overseas, there’s a large market for this type of equipment.”
The last perk of the new harrow unit is the ease of transport, as it folds up to just under 14 feet and has high visibility while in transport mode.