Euro-Scot brings its small, fast equipment to the Prairies

BRANDON — Euro-Scot is importing a full line of European farm equipment to its Brandon location, specializing in tillage and seeding implements.

The flagship is Pottinger’s Terrasem high-speed double disc drill.

Euro-Scot owner Willie Gilbert describes the drill.

“At the front we have our tillage tools, two sets of opposing angle discs. Nothing unusual about that. It’s typical, with one gang facing one direction and the other gang facing the other direction. This creates a well-worked seed bed. You can cultivate down to four inches if you want.

“That’s followed by a full line of packer tires right across the front of the machine. These give you a firm, smooth seed bed. You need that if you expect to pull the machine at 10 m.p.h.,” says Gilbert.

“Then behind the packer tires, we have the seeding unit. That’s a double disc opener with a packer wheel right behind each opener. The down pressure on these packers is adjustable hydraulically.”

Gilbert says the Pottinger drills do not need to have the field pre-worked. The operator can go straight into a stubble field and the cultivators at the front will do the work required to make a good seed bed, although the European tradition is to plow fields in the fall.

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The openers are situated on a tight, five-inch row spacing.

Gilbert says Pottinger is working on a model that will be six inches, although the extra inch is not that significant.

He says they use the tight row-spacing because they have inserts for the distribution head so you can go to 10-inch or 15-inch or 20-inch row spacing for beans or other crops you want on wider spacing. The inserts only block off the runs you need to get the desired spacing.

“With that tight row spacing, we also have an option so you can do mid-row banding of fertilizer. It puts the fertilizer down ahead of the packer wheels at the front of the machine. It’s a 60-40 split, so the fertilizer goes down on 10-inch spacings.

“One of my customers told me that he priced a new tank, just the tank, from one of the manufacturers who builds the big heavy drills. I sold him a complete Pottinger drill with the tank and everything for less than the price of the Canadian built air cart.”

The widest drill right now is 30 feet. Gilbert says the intent is never to turn these drills into large units. To remain fast, they must remain relatively small.

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