The specialized K-Line Speed-Tiller high-speed disc, engineered to dig like a disc and finish like a finisher in primary and secondary tillage operations, is available to Canadian Prairie farmers.
K-Line Ag is an Australian agricultural implement manufacturer known for designing products for challenging soil conditions. Speed-Tiller is one of their most popular implements, with the ability to finish from surface to floor, according to the company’s news release.
Case IH recently announced the acquisition of K-Line Ag as part of the expansion of their tillage line.
“The K-Line portfolio and its agronomic advantages are a perfect addition to the existing Case IH portfolio of crop-production equipment,” says Ken Lehmann, Case IH marketing manager.
He adds that Speed-Tiller will be available in two models for the 2020 growing season. Three conditioner attachments are available, including a crumbler roller, a spring conditioner and a rubber roller.
The Speed-Tiller 465 is a rigid-mounted model, offered in operating widths of five-feet, seven-inches up to 18-feet. It requires a tractor with 150 to 300 horsepower.
The Speed-Tiller 475 is a trailing configuration that comes in widths from 20-feet, six-inches up to 41 feet.
A tractor with 240 to 600 h.p. is required.
According to Case, Speed-Tiller can move more soil than a traditional high-speed compact disc, which makes it an appropriate fall option. By penetrating the soil down to six inches, it manages crop residue, controls weeds and destroys root-balls.
A secondary tillage pass with the Speed-Tiller can be done in the spring at a shallower depth to create a good seedbed.
Case conducted hours of testing of the many tillage tools offered across the industry.
Customers told them that surface levelness and residue mixing is important. However, it’s level conditions below the soil surface that enable smoother planter row unit ride and seed placement accuracy, especially at higher speeds.
Speed-Tiller has indexed, independently mounted blades that can be adjusted laterally to work the whole soil profile. This arrangement is designed to eliminate compacted valleys and humps between the routes blades run below the surface. This creates a more uniform seedbed floor.
Case calls it a high-efficiency, agronomically correct seedbed that helps plants thrive.
The constant-level hitch puts usable weight on the blades to run deeper and with better consistency.
The implement is built to handle high speeds. It employs five-bolt heavy-duty disc bearings and 1.25 -inch-thick disc arms. Rubber torsions on the disk arm provide the down pressure necessary to penetrate tough conditions while protecting the unit from rocky obstacles.
The operator can lift the hydraulically positioned conditioner attachment to avoid muddy conditions. This blade configuration was designed to reduce plugging in wet soil conditions.