MASCHIO... more tines for more tilth
Maschio have been producing power harrows for over 50 years and offer one of the most comprehensive and reliable ranges in the market. There is a power harrow suitable for all situations with the range catering to both small and large-scale farms.
How do Maschio power harrows work?
Maschio power harrows break up the soil into a fine tilth, ensuring it is distributed across the full working width of the machine to prepare an ideal seed bed. They offer a finer tilth than ploughing or subsoiling alone and are often used as a secondary cultivator.
Maschio build 3 key features into every power harrow: STRENGTH, RELIABILITY and EASY MAINTENANCE.
The STRENGTH and RELIABILITY comes from using only the highest quality components. Maschio make most of the key components in house, including rotors, tines and transmission troughs ensuring quality control. In fact, one tine rolls off the production line every 6 seconds!
EASY MAINTENANCE is a feature built into every Maschio product and is considered to be an essential element of the design process. Maschio make it their mission to make machines that are easy to maintain and operate. The Power Harrow “Quick Fit” tines are a prime example of this philosophy, allowing the tines to be changed in seconds. “Easy rotor access” is another example whereby the rotor bearings and seals can be accessed without the need to strip the complete transmission trough.
Maschio power harrows have also been purposefully designed to be fully compatible with Maschio seed drills enabling a wide choice of “combination drill” options to suit all requirements.
OPICO have been working with Maschio Gaspardo S.p.A since 2011 and have built up a nationwide dealer network for the Maschio Gaspardo range of products including UNICO plough, rotary cultivators, grain drills, precision drills, flail mowers and hedge cutters. OPICO prides itself on delivering excellent service back-up and works closely with Maschio Gaspardo in developing and testing products for the UK market. Each year OPICO runs a programme of dealer sales and service training to make sure that all Maschio Gaspardo customers are fully supported in the UK.
As with any machine the strength of the chassis or in this case trough is critical because it is what all the other components are mounted on and what holds the machine together. Maschio’s double-skinned trough makes the harrow more rigid and prevents it from twisting or bending, without any significant increase in weight. The double-skinned trough, featuring an exclusive design, is made from high-strength steel.
Made in house by Maschio the central, side or transfer gearboxes are all built with as few gears as possible, reducing friction in favour of lower fuel consumption. The bevel gears feature large gears with helical teeth: increasing the contact surface reduces the play inside the gearbox - the key component that transmits power through the working parts of the machine.
Maschio’s basic rotor design is replicated throughout the range, it features high quality bearing sets at the top and bottom of the rotor shaft to ensure they can cope with the torsional forces applied through the tines in heavy work.
One of the key features designed into every Maschio power harrow model is the ease of maintenance, from utilising a simple dip stick combined with breather to check oil levels, to easy access bearings that can be changed without full disassembly of the trough.
Timing and Number of Rotors
Maschio Power Harrow rotors are all timed sequentially meaning that there is a gradual utilisation of power by the machine reducing stress on both machine and tractor whilst economising diesel usage in work.
The closer rotor spacing of just 25cm (12 rotors in 3m) helps spread the torque better, reducing power draw. The rotors’ special timing means the tools dig into the soil to be tilled gradually, making it considerably easier for them to work their way through the soil and limiting vibration significantly. Placing rotors at a distance of 25cm from each other - unlike the competition who use wider spacing - results in much better soil finishing. More rotors per metre means more tines, and more tines means a finer seedbed is prepared in one pass.