Posted on 26th April 2021
Visitors to this year’s Cereals event will be the first to see several new products from Agricast.
The leading supplier of replacement wearing parts will be showcasing its STP 650 packer, GLX leg, and new bearings, all of which were launched during lockdown.
The STP (Steel Tensioned Packer) was developed in response to growers saying that wet weather was causing smearing and soil flattening, making drilling hard work. Agricast has designed the STP with a shouldered profile and 190mm spacing to leave an open surface, which dries out quickly in the wind. The STP-650 fits onto new and existing machines, including those made by Cousins, Heva, Horsch, and Sumo, amongst others.
Designed for medium depth cultivation, with minimal soil disturbance, the Agricast GLX leg is backwards compatible with the Sumo GLS and grassland legs. It boasts Tungsten on the leading edges and hard facing on the body, as well as a reinforced shin. Competitively priced, William Robinson, Agricast’s managing director, believes the new point will offer a lower cost per acre than other parts.
Agricast’s heavy-duty press bearing was introduced in January 2021. Offering over twice the dynamic rating of existing bearings, the heavy-duty bearing is more robust than standard greaseable and fully sealed units. Agricast has designed it to fit the company’s PRR packer assemblies, but it is also backwards compatible with many Simba machines using the popular Double Disc packer.
Priced at £125 to £150, depending on order quantities, the new bearing offers considerable savings compared to OEM parts and features better dust sealing and thicker steel plates combined with additional rivets.
A fully-sealed version with six sealing lips will be introduced later this year for customers wanting a ‘fit and forget’ offering.
As well as the Heavy Duty Bearing, Agricast will also be giving visitors to Cereals the first chance to see a new range of disc harrow hub bearings for Horsch, Lemkin, Vaderstaad, Bednar and Proforge® machines.
The bearings feature an upgraded sealing arrangement and strengthened cast flange, as well as improved overall quality. The new design allows maintenance-free lubrication through the use of high-performance long-life grease and special sealing arrangements which protect the inner races from the external environment.
“We are very much looking forward to meeting people at Cereals,” says William. “There is no doubt the last 18 months have been very different and challenging for everyone, but hopefully, we will all start getting back to normal soon. It is great that Cereals is taking place this year, and with it being just down the road from us, it was an easy decision to attend. We can’t wait to show people our new products, all of which were launched in lockdown. They have all proven very popular with our customers, and we are excited to be able to show them off to people who have not yet seen them.”
Agricast will be on stand 1008 at Cereals, which takes place on 30th June and 1st July at Boothby Graffoe near Lincoln.