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Bigger Bourgault drills and carts

A 100 foot drill and 1,300 bushel air cart push at the size limits of dry-land implements

The new 100 foot 3420 paralink hoe drill and 1,300 bushel 71300 air cart at Bourgault’s display at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in June seemed to be one of the most talked-about exhibits. Building a drill with a 100 foot working width makes the brand one of only a couple of manufacturers who are offering anything that big.

“The drill is truly a part of the PHD family,” said Rob Fagnou, Bourgault’s marketing specialist, during a conversation at the company’s exhibit at the show (watch video). “It runs the same openers you would see on our 3220 QDA drill. And it does have the quick depth adjustment option also. Even though on this model here it has 120 openers, you only have to adjust depth at the running gear.”

Company engineers gave the 3420 drill a rear-folding transport design. In transport position it is only about 18 feet wide and 16 feet high.

Company engineers gave the 3420 drill a rear-folding transport design. In transport position it is only about 18 feet wide and 16 feet high.
photo: Bourgault

But in order to get the 100 foot wide drill from field to field, the brand decided to give it a different folding arrangement for transport than its other drills use. The 3420 gets what the company calls a TransFold design, which splits the drill in the middle and folds each side rearward. That allows the drill to fit through a relatively compact space and makes road travel easier.

“The unique aspect of the 3420 is it’s 100-foot working width, yet with the TransFold design you can transport this unit within an envelope of 18 feet wide by 16 feet high,” said Fagnou. “The way we achieve that is with a special fold-back design.”

The drill also gets a special turn assist feature, which is controlled through the X30 Topcon control monitor. The four rear sets of transport wheels can be steered left or right to help negotiate tight corners.

“The drill has been tested for a few years now and we’re at the point where we can release it for limited numbers for the spring of 2016,” he added.

And to keep large drills, like the 3420, fed with seed and fertilizer, Bourgault also introduced a new air cart, the 71300, which has a 1,300 bushel capacity. In addition, it also can be ordered with the brand’s standard 40-bushel canola or small products saddle tank.

Even with a 1,300-bushel capacity plus an optional 40-bushel saddle tank, Bourgault marketing reps say the 71300 cart can refilled in about the same time as the company’s 950-bushel cart.

Even with a 1,300-bushel capacity plus an optional 40-bushel saddle tank, Bourgault marketing reps say the 71300 cart can refilled in about the same time as the company’s 950-bushel cart.
photo: Scott Garvey

“Like our other 7000 Series air seeders it has four compartments inside with a fifth flex tank that allows you to divert product from one metering tank or a second metering tank,” said Fagnou. “It also has the option of a 40-bushel saddle tank on the side.”

To keep refill times down, the brand has equipped the 71300 with a loading conveyor that uses a 20-inch belt running inside a 12-inch tube.

“It allows producers to fill the tank in approximately the same amount of time it would take to fill a 950 air seeder cart,” he added. “The 1,300 bushel tank is truly part of the 7000 Series family of carts so it has all the same options you would see on the other tanks. We have auto sectional control, the hydraulic metering drive, the saddle tank with the platform and all the other features.”

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