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LAUNCH ALERT: AMAZONE INTRODUCES THE CATROS+ 12003-2TS AS THE NEW FLAGSHIP OF THE CATROS FAMILY

Ag in Motion is a hot spot for exhibiting companies to launch new products to Western Canadian agriculture. This year, AMAZONE is one of many companies bringing something new for farmers to see at Western Canada’s Outdoor Farm Expo, as they launch the Catros+ 12003-2TS.

AMAZONE and the Catros+ 12003-2TS can be found at Booth 521 on 5th Street. In the meantime, read more about this new piece of equipment here.

With the new Catros+ 12003-2TS, AMAZONE extends its product portfolio of proven Catros compact disc harrows. The Catros+ 12003-2TS supplements the top end of the working width range of the Catros family. With its 12 m working width and the possibility to turn on the roller, the Catros+ 12003-2TS is built for high work rates and offers huge efficiencies for larger farms and agricultural contractors.

As the specialist tool for quick, shallow and intensively mixing soil tillage, the Catros+ 12003-2TS in stubble creates the ideal conditions for ensuring the optimum emergence of weed seeds and volunteer grains plus, for seedbed preparation, a level, fine crumbled seed horizon.

The Catros+ 12003-2TS is equipped with 510 mm diameter serrated discs allowing working depths from 5 to 15 cm. Thanks to the bearings having integrated slide ring seals and an oil reservoir that fills the disc bearing housing, the Catros+ 12003-2TS is maintenance-free. This proven Catros technology provides the highest durability.

ContourFrame for optimum soil horizon following

Individually suspended discs ensure the perfect following of the soil contours and the optimum passage of organic matter. The Catros+ 12003-2TS is divided into four frame segments which all have floating supported suspension. Via nitrogen bubbles serving as pressure accumulators, the wings are hydraulically pre-pressurised in work. The hydraulic pressurisation thus allows the individual following of the field contours on each of the 4 segments. ContourFrame allows each section to adapt fully upwards and downwards and thus offers exceptional soil contour following and an even working performance.

Comfortable operation

The folding in and out of the Catros+ 12003-2TS is done easily and in little time: thanks to the sequence switching for the folding procedure only one tractor spool valve is necessary preventing operational errors. On the headland the discs are swivelled upwards from work and in addition the drawbar ram lifts the machine at the front. The turning procedure on the roller saves time ensuring the maximum possible output. Also here, only one tractor spool valve is necessary making the operation easy and user-friendly. Matching the working depth is done on just 4 adjustment points at the front of the implement by swivelling round the spacers. This makes it simple and safe, no climbing onto the machine is necessary!

Perfect working performance

The implement is guided via support wheels at the front of the machine and the following roller at the rear. Due to the comparatively short distance between the support wheels and the rear roller, very good contour following across hill tops and hollows is possible. Bounce compensation is fitted as standard on the drawbar ram to provide a smooth run and an even work pattern even under difficult operational conditions. For following rollers, either the KW 580 wedge ring roller or the KWM 650 wedge ring roller with matrix tyre profile is available. These following rollers ensure the perfect reconsolidation of the soil and thus the optimum emergence conditions for weed seeds and volunteer grains.

In the working position the running gear folds completely over the machine. On the one hand, the folded up running gear provides additional weight on the Catros+, ensuring good penetration behaviour of the discs even under the most arduous of conditions and, on the other hand during operation, the machine runs very smoothly as the running gear is not hanging out behind the machine.

Under especially rough conditions, such as, for example, on the headlands, the working width can be temporarily reduced to 7 m to improve penetration. Despite the large 12 m working width, the machine is convincing in its compact design and, for road transport, the Catros+ 12003-2TS folds down to a transport width of 3 m and a transport height of 4 m.

The mounting of the Catros+ 12003-2TS to the tractor is carried out from choice via the lower links, on the drawbar or with a K80 ball hitch. The over-dimensioned 700/50-26.5 running gear wheels ensure excellent road handling of the machine and, when equipped with an air braking system, the Catros+ 12003-2TS is permitted to travel at 40 km/h, meaning quick road transport from field to field.

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