In early March Case IH introduced a new implement model it says fills a niche in the vertical tillage category. The True Tandem 335 Barracuda is designed for dealing with heavy crop residues, leaving fields a little blacker than some other vertical tillage machines. It is capable of cutting, evenly distributing and burying residue up to four inches deep, according to the company.
“We developed the new True- Tandem 335 Barracuda to help producers more productively manage the record-breaking amounts of residue associated with new, high-yielding crop genetics — especially hybrids developed for standability with tougher stalks,” said Chris Lursen, Case IH tillage marketing manager, in a press release. “… the Barracuda easily slices through tough residue, uproots root balls and levels out the soil to create the ideal environment for residue breakdown and seedling development.”
The Barracuda uses 22-inch blades made of the brand’s proprietary “Earth Metal” alloy, which reduces the risk of breaking because they are not as brittle as other types of alloys, the company claims. Each blade has a “chisel-tipped” serrated design. Disc gangs are positioned on an 18 degree angle that creates some lateral movement of material to even out field surfaces.
“As the chisel-tipped teeth wear, the valley between each tip stays sharp, retaining the cutting edge and extending the blade’s lifetime,” added Lursen. “… the blades are built for durability, helping producers cover rocky terrain and uneven ground in confidence — even at high speeds.”
Like other vertical tillage designs, the Barracuda is designed to run through fields at six to nine m.p.h., and it’s available in working widths from 22 to 34 feet. At the rear, the Barracuda uses a hydraulically adjustable Tiger Claw Crumbler rolling basket to help break up clods and prepare the finished surface.