September 27, 2015
A one-pass tillage solution, the K-Line Speedtiller Powerflex, has taken out the coveted Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia award at the Henty Machinery Field Days.
The TMA award recognises the best new Australian designed and built agricultural machine and is judged by Henty Machinery Field Days directors.
It was presented by TMA member Scott Maxwell and Henty Machine of the Year chairman Matt Bergmeier to K-Line Agriculture national sales manager Bill Larsen on Thursday, September 24.
Officially launched to the Australian market at Henty, the Powerflex is the only Australian built compact disc tillage machine.
The company is already exporting to North America and Canada, and expects the Powerflex to create interest on the export market.
Mr Larsen, of Cowra, NSW, said the Powerflex was a direct response to rollers clogging in wet sticky soils, and gave more consistent depth control in sandy soils.
He said the machine’s design had been fine tuned over the past two years.
“Forward placement of the wheels gives the operator the ability to take weight off the rollers, without affecting the Powerflex’s ability to flex and follow the contours of the ground evenly,’’ Mr Larsen said.
“We are finding farmers who have zero till-direct drill programs are finding chemical resistant weeds, and pulling back on strategic tillage.
“They want a one pass tillage tool and the Powerflex has filled that niche.’’
Mr Larsen said the 12.5m machine was built to handle the heavy Australian conditions.
“We find our competition typically out of Europe and North America are lighter as they don’t need to dig as deep, and they are generally running with more moisture in their soils,’’ he said.
“Our soils take more penetration as they are drier.
“A farmer can use the Powerflex for shallower cereal and canola stubbles, and also for heavy duty work typically using a tandem off-set disc.
“The 12.5m machine requires a 550hp tractor to run at the maximum of 12km/hr and at depth of 12cm.
“The design of the compact disc holds the soil within the machine leaving an even seed bed.’’
Mr Larsen said the hubs for the jump-arms were non-greasing and discs simply changed with a rattle gun, resulting in ease of maintenance.
“It is a credit to our design team and Australian farmers buying our machines to win the TMA Award,’’ he said.
“We have sold one machine and have a lot of good, strong quotes out there.’’
The wheel placement on the Powerflex allows harrows to be used in place of rollers to suit a wider range of applications.
The Powerflex features wider spacing between front and rear discs which allows for increased trash flow and reduces the plugging effect of wet sticky soil.
Adjustable wing pressure is a unique feature to the K-Line Powerflex, introducing the ability to transfer the weight of the centre of the machine to the wings to provide even digging pressure across the total width.
This allows the operator to adjust depending on the soil type they are working in.
Rollers can be floated to reduce sticking in wet soil conditions to ensure a level seedbed is achieved.
The frame of the machine can also be floated, fore and aft, as well as sideways, for exceptional ground working ability in uneven terrain.
The Powerflex is designed to fold for narrow transport width and easy road travel.