One of John Deere’s three announcements in May of this year was the introduction of the new 2430 line of chisel plows, which will replace the current 2410 models. They will also be available in a second configuration, as the 2430C nutrient applicators.
According to the brand, the new 2430s will provide better soil levelling and deal more easily with heavy surface trash.
“The new 2430 Chisel Plow builds on many important features of the 2410 Chisel Plow,” said Jarred Karnei, product marketing manager for John Deere tillage equipment, in a press release. “This includes the addition of John Deere’s exclusive TruSet depth and down pressure control system on base equipment and a wide choice of ground-engaging points, spacings and attachments.”
The TruSet system gives operators on-the-go, in-cab shank depth control in 1/10-inch (0.254 millimetre) increments across the entire working width. It can also provide up to 900 p.s.i. of down pressure on the rear rolling basket to firm up field surfaces. TruSet also offers a side-to-side option for individual section depth control for the wider three- and five-frame models.
Radial tires are now standard on the centre frame section and are an option for wing tires. They have a bigger footprint than bias tires with lower inflation pressures and improve on-road transport.
2430 chisel plows will be available as rigid frame models in working widths from 11.67 to 17.33 feet (3.56-5.28 metres); drawn rigid fold models in working widths from 17.5 to 20.5 feet (5.3-6.25 metres); three-section drawn flex C-shank models with working widths from 21.83 to 43 feet (6.65-13.1 metres), and five-section drawn flex C-shank models with operating widths from 44 to 63 feet (13.4-19.2 metres).
But Deere’s news didn’t end there. In August, the green brand had more to announce on the tillage front. It debuted a pair of high-speed discs, the 2660VT and 2680H.
“The 2660VT Variable-Intensity Tool with its adjustable gang angle is a true multi-season machine that features an all-new frame and the right amount of weight per blade to handle a wide range of soil, crop residue and field conditions at operating speeds up to 10 miles (16 kilometres) per hour,” said Karnei.
The 2660VT is available in six models with working widths from 20 to 50 feet (6.1-15.24 m) in three- and five-section configurations. The gang angles can be set from zero degrees, for sizing residue and vertical soil movement, to 12 degrees for aggressive horizontal soil movement and to bury crop residue. That change can be made with a manual slider or by using the TruSet Tillage technology option for more precise, one-degree adjustments.
Buyers get a choice of tire options that includes radial, bias or high-flotation tires on tandem axles. Stabilizer wheel options are also available, depending on the frame configuration. Front-mounted active-hydraulic depth control caster wheels on outer wings are standard on all five-section models.
The 2660VT sees the introduction of the 22-inch (55.8 cm), heavy-duty Commander blade. It offers a “double-cut” edge to more easily penetrate hard soils and size and mix residue. This wavy straight blade on 7.25-inch (18.4 cm) spacings has a serrated edge and shallow concavity to fracture and lift hard soils with less smearing, according to Deere. And it’s designed for low-draft tillage at high field speeds.
The two-part ProFinish leveling system with new hydraulic, double rolling baskets can reduce clods, while the front knife-edge basket is mounted in reverse to change the direction of the soil and knock down ridges. The back flat- or round-bar basket also breaks down clods and helps firm up the surface.
Deere calls the 2680H a “true spring and fall tillage tool” that combines speed and tillage performance in one machine. The 2680H is capable of field speeds of 10 to 14 m.p.h. (16-22.5 km/h).
The 2680H uses 20-inch (50.8-centimetre) smooth or notched disc blades mounted on a rubber torsion suspension system with nine inches of travel for contouring. The blades, which are set on 10-inch (25.4-centimetre) spacings, are angled 17 degrees on the front rank and 14 degrees on the rear for more aggressive horizontal soil movement and crop residue incorporation.
For depth control the 2680H uses a simple shim system. It also has greaseless bushings which eliminates the need for daily maintenance.
The 2680H comes with a variety of rear finishing attachments, including a standard cage roller, optional spring-tine or rubber rollers. Hydraulically adjustable scrapers help reduce plugging. High-flotation tires come standard on drawbar models to help minimize soil compaction.
Deere offers 15 different models with working widths ranging from eight feet (2.4 metres) in mounted versions to drawbar models as wide as 45 feet (13.7 metres).