Drill size grows

REGINA — Bourgault has added a few more feet and a lot more flotation to its drill.

“We see the need for more flotation when drills get this big, and the new hitch has the benefit of letting us manage skew as well,” said Bourgault Industries engineer Deven Lung.

His group developed the company’s latest drill, an 86 foot version of the Paralink 3320 design the company offers.

He said the new drill will be on the market for next season, and it was a hit with farmers during testing this spring.

Lung said a pair of steerable 800/65R32 tires on the front of the main frame carry the added weight of the drill, which is relatively minor, and provide better control because of the hydraulic control that locks the drill’s hitch perpendicular to the toolbar.

As well, the frame gets a set of 16.5 x 16.1 duals at the back to increase flotation in the field.

Lung said Bourgault owners stopped at the company’s booth at Canada’s Farm Progress Show June 20-22 in Regina to ask if the steering flotation units were available on smaller drills.

“Not for 2013, but from all the interest, it might be an option down the road,” he said.

Another benefit of the steerable axle is improved trailing in transport, Lung added.

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