CENTAURO Combination Seed Drill

Introduction

CENTAURO Combination Seed Drill

The Maschio CENTAURO Pneumatic drilling system utilises Maschio’s own “FLEXEED” metering system to accurately deliver seed from a front hopper to a rear folding power harrow mounted coulter bar with a variety configurations.

The QUICK-HITCH system allows fast and easy hook-up to Maschio Power Harrows. The coulter bar is mounted on to the rear roller on the power harrow which ensures the drill follows the contours of the ground and places the seed at a constant depth even on very undulating land.

With the possibility of being coupled with the AQUILA or TORO power harrow the CENTAURO provides a drilling solution designed for the larger farmer or contractor which is suitable for tractors from 180 to 380Hp.

Main features:

  • Hydraulic Drive Fan
  • 1600L Hopper
  • Radar Forward Speed Sensor
  • Electronic Metering c/w variable seed rate
  • Genius Control With Tramlining c/w 2+2 row shut-off
  • 1/2 width shut off
  • Centre line bout markers
  • Suffolk Coulters (3 or 2 Row) Or Single Disc (2 Row)
  • Following Harrow
  • Front and Rear Lighting Kit

Features

CENTAURO: Quick-Hitch

The QUICK-HITCH system allows quick and easy attachment of the Maschio Power Harrow to the seed drill using a 3 point linkage, the drill and power harrow combination can be detached by one operator in approximately 1 – 2 minutes, quickly and safely to use the harrow alone.

 

CENTAURO: Roller mounted

The QUICK-HITCH uses a parallelogram system to keep the seeding bar perpendicular to the ground, the whole seeding bar is carried by the roller the coulter depth can be set in relation to the rear roller which is following the ground contours. In this way the coulters stay at a consistent depth ensuring accurate seed placement which in turn gives even plant emergence.

CENTAURO: Large hopper

 

The CENTAURO boasts a large hopper capacity with 1600L as standard.

The design of the hopper guarantees an easy filling due to the oversized width of the top. The cover can also be completely folded back to make loading easier.

Comes as standard with a low level senor and inspection window.

CENTAURO: Balanced weight

When looking at the design and structure on the CENTAURO Seed Drill there is clearly more than meets the eye.

The weight has been distributed across the tractor in order to reduce stress on the rear linkage, this also allows the CENTAURO to be suitable for medium to large size tractors from 180hp and improves fuel consumption.

CENTAURO: One matches all

 

The CENTAURO Seed Drill models are compatible with the AQUILA Rapido Plus and the TORO Rapido Plus.

Compatible Rollers (Packer Roller 500mm, Rubber Roller 500mm, Combi Packer Roller 500mm) see more information in the Roller section.

Please check with OPICO if you plan to use a CENTAURO Seed Drill with your existing Maschio power harrow as some older models may not be compatible. 

CENTAURO: Easy calibration

The CENTAURO Seed Drill is controlled by the GENIUS control box, it is fully electronic and allows the operator to complete the calibration quickly and easily.

  • Very quick and easy calibration.
  • Set the tray, lower the distributor.
  • Open the calibration gate and push the button.
  • Collect seed in the tray and weigh it.
  • Insert the value read on the scale with the keyboard.
  • Set the seeding rate required.

FLEXEED metering system: Construction

The metering unit is constructed from cast aluminium, stainless steel and polyethylene components to prevent rust and corrosion.

FLEXEED metering system: Metering rollers

Whether seeding OSR or beans, the FLEXEED metering system will have a roller to suit your seed type. No one seed roller can give you precise accuracy at low seed rates and at the same time meter high seed rates so it is important to choice the correct roller for your application.

The accuracy is down to the size of flutes on the metering roller, large flutes are good at metering at high seed rates but cannot get down to low seed rates, the answer is to have multiple metering rollers and the ALITALIA has three as standard:

G1000 (up to 400kg/Ha) N500 (up to 200kg/Ha) F25-125 (for small seed)

 

  1. Dosing roller G1000 for large quantities of seed (up to 400kg/Ha) (Standard)
  2. Dosing roller N500 for medium quantities (up to 200kg/Ha) (Standard)
  3. Dosing roller F25-125 with small flutes for low rates, especially for small seed types, with the option of disengaging segments. (Standard)
  4. Dosing roller N250 is recommended for low-medium quantities (from 80-100kg/Ha) particularly on drills used in combination (whose operation speed is fairly slow) (Optional)
  5. Dosing roller G1000 R26.5 for large seeds (PA2) (Optional)
  6. Dosing roller G1000 R26.5 specific for large seeds (Optional)
  7. Dosing roller for fertiliser G1002 (Optional)
FLEXEED metering system: Seed flutes

The fluted segments are all in a helical, staggered pattern for even distribution, this ensures all seed leaving the metering roller does so evenly without pulsing.

 

FLEXEED metering system: Cleaning clips

To prevent oily seeds from getting stuck in the fluted segments the FLEXEED unit has a row of stainless steel cleaning clips that makes sure all seed is discharged from the metering roller ensuring consistent, reliable accuracy.

FLEXEED metering system: Disengaging segments

The F25-125 metering roller segments can be disengaged to lower the seed rate further. Within each metering segment there are four pegs that keep each segment moving when the main shaft is turning, simply undo the hand screw on one side of the roller and remove and turn round the desired number of segments, one flute on each segment contains a small clip that will allow the cleaning clip to hold and stop the entire segment from turning as the pegs no longer engage once the segment has been turned around.

FLEXEED metering system: Sliding shut-off plate

A sliding plate enables the operator to completely shut-off all seed to the metering unit, allowing maintenance or metering roller changes whist the hopper is still full.  

FLEXEED metering system: Easy un-loading

Un-loading couldn’t be easier, simply close off the hopper using the “shut-off sliding plate” un-lock and open the access panel to the metering unit and remove the metering roller, then you can control the speed of the seed flow by moving the “shut-off sliding plate”.

FLEXEED metering system: Agitator

The agitator can easily be disengaged, when seeding with delicate or fleshly seed types.

Coulters

Suffok Coulters

The Suffolk coulter is suitable for use in cultivated soil, with very little or no crop residues.  Wearing parts can be easily replaced and are made from hard wearing materials. It can be used in a variety of soil types including stony land. Three rows of coulters help with the flow of soil and residues.

  • Ideal for ploughed soils.
  • Works in crop residues in light and sandy soils.
  • Replaceable coulter tips.  

Single Disc

The Boron steel disc works very well in cultivated, hard compacted soils and heavy crop residues. Dual rubber scrapers preventing soil build up. Depth is controlled by an adjustable skid or optional rubber depth wheel that improves the seed to soil contact.

  • Ideal for min-tilled or ploughed soils
  • Recommended in high residue situations.
  • Water-proof self-lubricating roller bearings.
  • Recommended for medium to heavy soils.
  • Dual rubber scrapers on each disc.
  • Adjustable depth skid: Uses a clever spring and notch system so no tools are required to change the seeding depth, just simply pull and slide to your desired working depth. 
  • Optional rubber depth wheel: 250mm x 42mm.

 

Control box (RDS)

 

Genius

The GENIUS control box sets new standards for drill controls, packed full of features and at the same time very user friendly system.

Easy and fast calibration: Press Drill Priming Button, dispense product into a container, weigh and enter information into the box.

Seed rate adjustable from cab: This can be simply adjusted with the buttons on the control box in stages, allowing the operator to increase or decrease the rate on the move from inside the tractor cab.

Pre-Start and Pre-Stop functions: Allows the drill to be primed before it is engaged into the soil at the start of every run and the Pre-stop function prevents the loss of expensive seed at the headlands.

Pre-emergence tramline row markers: If the drill is fitted with pre-emergence markers the control box will activate them and start lowering them at the start of the tramline run.

Working speed: The readout of the current working/travelling speed is given on the control box.

Partial and total of drilled area (ha): The control box records two separate areas or distance of travel readings, the partial can be the field or day and the total could equal to the total drilled in that particular season.

Seeding alarm: The metering mechanism is monitored by the control box to alert the user of any blockages.

Integrated SD card reader:  Allows basic data logging to produce field records. Prints in text or csv format for uploading directly into a spreadsheet or yield map proprietary software packages.

Optional GPS interface for Precision Farming: Connect the GENIUS system to a GPS device and loading a pre-defined seeding plan via SD card for automated variable seed rate application.

Printer option: Useful for contractors to produce field records.

Fan speed readout

Hopper level alarm

Rear roller

Packer Roller - Ø500mm

The toothed Packer Roller works well breaking up any surface clods further and at the same leaving an excellent finish, ready for seeding. This roller also comes standard with tungsten coated scrapers.

Flexible Rubber Synchro Roller - Ø500mm

Maschio's newly designed Rubber Synchro Roller is of benefit to crop establishment in several ways. The ribs on the roller ensure that the soil in line with the coulters is pre-consolidated more firmly. This means that, firstly, the coulter will work at an even and more consistent depth, as it is being provided with firmer and more even soil to cut into. Secondly, the soil particles are broken down to a smaller size and pressed together ensuring better soil-to-seed contact and encouraging capillary action of moisture towards the seed. Finally, the less consolidated area in between the rows of seed allows water to permeate easily into the soil.

Add all these benefits together and you improve both the germination of the seeds and the evenness of the plants that emerge. The Synchro roller also incorporates a scraper to ensure it can work through difficult drilling conditions. Furthermore, to improve longevity, it is tungsten-coated like the standard packer roller scraper.

Combi Packer - Ø500mm

The Combi Packer is designed to consolidate the soil in line with the seeding coulters to achieve a constant seeding depth for a more uniform plant emergence. Outer lugs on the roller give a driving action on high residues or soil that can stall rollers.

Rear Roller Bearing

The long life oversized rear roller support consists of a bearing and roller support all in one unit and is manufactured this way so it has the strength to support the weight of a seed drill as well as a power harrow

The bearing and support has a relatively new greasing system that is situated in a protected section of the roller frame preventing damage from debris.

Tungsten Soil Scrapers

The scrapers are 4mm thick and are tungsten coated as standard, they are attached with a single bolt and guide for quick adjustment.

The scrapers scrape soil off the back rear side of the roller preventing soil build up.

Power harrow options

AQUILA Rapido 4m, 5m, 6m

When used in combination with the CENTAURO the Aquila Rapido Plus Power Harrow provides a heavy duty solution, suitable for stony soil types.

TORO Rapido 5m, 6m

The TORO RAPIDO PLUS is designed around the rigid model ORSO, primary for contractors and large farms with the need to work in demanding conditions and in stony conditions. Available in 5m or 6m working widths.

Models

CENTAURO Combination Seed Drill

Models

Centauro Combination Seed Drill - Standard Equipment

5000

Front Tank

2 metering rollers with pneumatic distribution

Hydraulic fan drive tractor dependent 

Hopper capacity: 1600L

Seed conveying tube

Manual half side shut off

Front lights

Rear frame (2 distribution heads)

Coulter pressure adjustment 

Seed covering harrow 

Parking stand 

Hydraulic centre row marker 

3 rows of Suffolk coulter

Rear lights with warning boards

Radar (installed on hopper)

Electric dosing system GENIUS

Dosing rollers : G1000 mounted, F25-125 and N500 spare

6000

Technical Specification

CENTAURO Combination Seed Drill

Centauro Combination Seed Drill

           

Models

Working Width m

Transport Width m

Total Width m

No. of Coulter Units

Row Distance

Hopper Capacity L

Coulter

Weight kg**

cm

(Extention)

4000

4

2.5

4.12

32

12.5

1100

Suffolk

4000**

4000

4

2.5

4.12

32

12.5

1100

Disc

4000**

5000

5

2.5

5.37

40

12.5

1600

Suffolk

4200**

5000

5

2.5

5.37

40

12.5

1600

Disc

4350**

6000

6

2.5

6.37

48

12.5

1600

Suffolk

4590**

6000

6

2.5

6.37

48

12.5

1600

Disc

4750**

** Does not include weight of power harrow.

 

 

Options & Accessories

CENTAURO Combination Seed Drill

Centauro Combination Seed Drill - OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Description

Pre emergence markers

Option for 3+3 tramline Genius

Metering roller for peas/beans

Hydraulic hoses for connection to rear of tractor - Specify length

Depth wheel set for disc coulter

Cable connection to tractor rear - where compatible specify tractor

GPS forward speed detector

Extended 3 row stagger 6m suffolk coulter - Factory Fit

PTO drive independent hyraulics for front hopper

 

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