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Bourgault In60f1dustries has released its 3310 ParaLink hoe drill (PHD) unit. The seed opener assemblies move independently of each other, providing precision seed placement and consistent packing across the width of the unit.


November 14, 2007
By Top Crop Manager

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Bourgault Industries has released its 3310 ParaLink hoe drill (PHD) unit. The seed opener assemblies move independently of each other, providing precision seed placement and consistent packing across the width of the unit.

The 3310 PHD drill has been designed around the unique PHD opener assembly. Parallel arms are used to maintain constant opener angle relative to the soil, even as the opener follows contours up and down. This feature allows for multiple opener/tip options, thereby increasing flexibility for the producer. Opener actuation, trip force and packing force is achieved with a hydraulic cylinder on each assembly. These actions are controlled by an electric-over-hydraulic in-cab control box, allowing 'on the go' hydraulic pressure adjustment. The opener design has also allowed for a fixed height frame configuration, which is simpler than a conventional air hoe drill.

The 3310 frame is designed for durability and penetration, based on a three row concept using larger 5.0 by 5.0 inch main beams. The robust construction along with active hydraulic down force on the inner wings ensure that even penetration is achieved in the most challenging conditions.

The opener assembly is designed with the optimum distance between seed opener and packer wheel, allowing soil to flow back into the seed furrow at typical seeding speeds, yet close enough for effective contouring. Bourgault utilizes an edge-on shank on the seedrow, greatly reducing the profile of the opener to the soil. As with every other Bourgault seeding system, the 3310 utilizes the MRB single pass fertilizer system for optimum fertilizer placement and maintenance of seedbed integrity. The clean layout of the openers, along with the MRB fertilizer system, has resulted in a seeding system with superior performance in field residue. Even in challenging straw conditions, the 3310 will place the seed and fertilizer without straw bunching or openers skidding from trapped residue, says the company.

Three model widths are currently offered: 40 foot three-plex, 48 foot five-plex and 55 foot five-plex. Each of these are available in 10 or 12 inch spacings. Options include dual wheel wing casters, blockage monitors and wide spacing lockout (for seeding on 20 or 24 inch spacing).


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