Cropping

Tracks to better soil health

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November 25, 2017

The benefits of using tracks to significantly reduce soil compaction and increase flotation, resulting in improved yields and wider harvest windows in wet conditions, have been well recognised, especially in Western Australia.

The benefits of using tracks to significantly reduce soil compaction and increase flotation, resulting in improved yields and wider harvest windows in wet conditions, have been well recognised, especially in Western Australia.

Vimcor track undercarriages have now been in work in Australia for more than two years, and are seen on chaser bins, cane bins and trailers across the country.

As a new business branch of Davimac, a leading local specialist in the manufacture of chaser bins, Vimcor is dedicated to developing market-leading, robust tracks in Australia for Australian farmers to improve flotation and reduce soil compaction at the lowest operating cost.

Vimcor’s managing director Shannon McNab wanted to see a new range of hub-mount tracks available to Australian farmers that were designed and purpose-built to be heavy-duty and robust.

‘‘Farmers who have so far used the tracks have commented on the heavy duty design and smoothness of the operation,’’ Mr McNab said.

‘‘Those who have seen our track systems working are impressed with how well the track undercarriages turn and how little soil disturbance there is.

‘‘This is due to the very large 4.16 square metre track footprint (36 inch track undercarriage) which greatly reduces soil pressure.’’

Now the company is set to release its latest range of hub-mount transferable track undercarriages.

The transferable hub-mount tracks will enable farmers to have tracks on a chaser bin during harvest and then transfer them to an air seeder for planting.

Using basic tools usually at hand, and a forklift or front-end loader, the Vimcor tracks are easily transferred from one implement to another in about half an hour.

The tracks are readily fitted to equipment with 10 or 12-stud hubs with appropriate clearance and they have a strong reinforced frame with a comparably high handling capability of up to 35tonnes.

Each track is mounted on two track-end wheels and supported by two track mid-wheels with width options of 60.96cm or 91.44cm.

Field trial results are showing great promise, with the hub-mounted tracks currently being evaluated by farmers who are now fitting them onto implements such as cultivators and seeders, putting them to work.

For more information, visit vimcor.com.au or email sales@vimcor.com.au

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