The McConnel Seedaerator delivers single-pass drilling straight into previous crop residues - saving time, money and fuel, while maintaining crop yields in even the most challenging weather and soil conditions.
By cultivating only the seeding zone, the Seedaerator ensures the adjoining soil structure is left undisturbed and crop residue remains on the surface.
This creates the perfect conditions for a living biotic soil to thrive and delivers improvements in soil quality, aeration, water percolation, and moisture retention.
The soil remains rich in nutrients and can therefore deliver consistently strong yields year on year while the machine's single-pass operation allows farmers to work faster and smarter.
The culmination of an intensive four-year research and development programme, the Seedaerator has been created to thrive in a variety of soil and weather conditions.
The Seedaerator features a wide choice of customisation options, enabling farmers and contractors to precisely tailor the machine for peak performance.
- Low-disturbance drilling improves soil structure
- Organic matter retained near the surface creates an active biotic layer
- Cultivated seed zone promotes deep, vigorous rooting
- Reduced compaction and improved drainage
- Single-pass drilling for reduced fuel and labour costs
Nine low-disturbance leading legs cultivate only the seed zone root, leaving the soil structure undisturbed between bands. Users can choose between LD Low Disturbance and WL Winged Leg designs. Both feature a hardened tungsten-carbide face.
Hydraulic auto-reset legs
The hydraulic protection system allows the legs to break-back on contact with an obstacle and then automatically return to the working position without the need for operator input.
Press wheels not only consolidate the seed zone ahead of the coulter but also ensure the weight of the machine is distributed evenly for consistent leg and coulter depth and a uniform finish.
Seed distribution system
Designed and developed by McConnel specifically for nine coulters, the seed distribution system delivers constant seed flow from the hopper to the coulter even with large seeds at high rates.
Featuring a domed distribution head and large diameter seed hoses, the system delivers greater consistency and uniformity of seed placement. An innovative tramline shut-off system is incorporated into the distribution head as standard.
A choice of rear harrow configurations is available to suit a wide range of soil conditions and personal preferences.
The working angle and surface pressure can be adjusted to create a level finish whether working pre-cultivated soil, or direct drilling into dense crop residue.
The Seedaerator in action
See the Seedaerator's five-stage single-pass drilling process in action:
- 3.0m working width
- Nine sowing bands
- Three-point linkage
- Hydraulic auto-reset leg option
- Nine-leg configuration with 333mm spacing
- 100-300mm leading leg working depth
- New LD and wing legs with a hard-wearing tungsten carbide face
- 60-150mm seed band width
- 600kg or 1250kg hopper capacity
- Choice of coulters including the new 170mm Twin-shot coulter made from 10mm Boron steel with an Armatech coating
- Each coulter features 200mm of fully independent contour-following travel for consistent seeding depth
- Domed distribution head, and larger diameter seed houses
- Artemis Lite control system
- Radar monitoring
- Variable seed rate control
SEEDAERATOR in action
See McConnel’s low-disturbance seed drill in action:
New and enhanced design
The SEEDAERATOR features a package of enhancements to upgrade accuracy, durability and performance. Key improvements include new hydraulic auto-reset legs, a new seed distribution system, more robust coulter linkage, a new twin-shot coulter, and additional rear harrow options.
Unique modular construction
Backed by a range of interchangeable modules the SEEDAERATOR can be quickly and easily configured to suit a vast range of soil types and changing conditions. Modules available include: a Front Disc Module, a Twin Tank Hopper and a Rear Tool Bar Module. More are in development.
|Working width||3.0m (9'10")
|Attachment - 3pt linkage||CAT II and III|
|Hydraulic auto-reset protection
|Mechanical shear-pin protection||Optional|
|1,250kg hopper capacity||Standard|
|Road lighting and marker boards||Standard|
|Leg spacing||333mm (1'1")|
|Working depth range||100-300mm (4"-12")|
|LD Low Disturbance Leg||Standard|
|WL Winged Leg||Optional|
|9-pneumatic cleated press wheels||Standard|
|Coulter contour following||+/-100mm (4")|
|Coulter depth range||0-150mm (0-6")|
|170mm Twin-Shot coulter||Optional|
|60mm Bean and pea coulter||Optional|
|150mm Dual Product coulter||Optional|
|Adjustable rear press wheel pressure||Standard|
|9-outlet distribution head||Standard|
|Heavy-duty bout markers||Standard|
|RDS metering control||Standard|
|Radar monitoring and hydraulic fan||Standard|
|Dual rear harrow||Optional|
|Twin-tank, dual product module||Optional|
|Front disc module||Optional|
|Transport width||2.8m (9'2")|
|Transport height||2.8m (9'2")|
|Minimum tractor horsepower||From 140hp|