Sowing and Planting For Sale

Getting a good crop starts with the sowing process, so choosing the right sowing and planting machinery is vital. A carefully chosen used combination drill, seed drill or press can make all the difference to the final yield.

The seed drill is a fundamental piece of farming equipment that is almost as old as agriculture itself. The initial practice was simply to use a finger to make a hole in which to drop the seed. Soon, however, the ancient Sumerians realised that a simple tube drill would greatly improve productivity. Chinese farmers took the idea further and introduced a multiple-tube seed drill around 200 BC. This invention was crucial in allowing Chinese civilization to flourish by feeding its large population from more efficient rice paddies.

Europe took a long time to catch up, and the technology of seed drills only came to Venice, possibly as a result of trade with the Chinese, in the 16th century. Jethro Tull famously improved the machine in the early 1700s, and its use spread until the seed drill was standard equipment on European farms in the 19th century.

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Buy Accord TS Drill  Farm Machinery For Sale
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Accord TS Drill 2005 Seed Drills £6,500.00
A used Accord/Kverneland TS Drill, 2005, 4m working width, following harrow, pre-emergence markers, ESC tramline control box, in good working order, one previous owner and kept under cover. For further information please contact Philip on: 01980 621 114 [email protected] or 07557 644 531 On previous owner In good working order 4m working width
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Checci Single Row Transplanter Checci Single Row Transplanter - Planters £750.00
Checchi single row transplanter, vgc.
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Other Farm Force 1.5M Front Packer Press - Press £750.00
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Pottinger Terrasem 4000T 2009 Seed Drills POA
4 metre trailed drill, hydraulic fold, single disc, rear press wheels, pre-em markers, bout markers, very low acreage at on 960 ha, excellent condition through out Pottinger
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Pottinger Terrasem C4 Artis Plus 2014 Seed Drills POA
4 metre trailed drill, Artis plus, double disc coulters, bout markers, pre-em markers, very tidy Pottinger
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Kverneland Optima 8 Row Maize Drill - Seed Drills £15,750.00
Excellent drill, hydraulic folding, disc coulters Drills
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Simba 5.5M Cast Ring Double Press - Press £4,750.00
With Leading Tines, All prices exclude VAT and are ex Works, Please Contact Kevin Gladding on 07515 974566.
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Vaderstad 2009 RAPID A600S GRAIN DRILL 2009 Seed Drills POA
2009 VADERSTAD RAPID A600S GRAIN DRILL, done 3203 ha, been working this spring, in very tidy order, selling on behalf of customer. £POA.
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Vaderstad 2015 REXIUS TWIN RST830 2015 Press POA
2015 VADERSTAD REXIUS TWIN RST830, 8.3m working width, only done two seasons work and in very nice order, being sold due to change in farming policy. Selling on behalf of customer. £POA
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Amazone ED6 Drill 2012 Seed Drills £12,950.00
2012, 6 Row Maize Drill with fert, very good condition 6 row maize drill
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Michael Moore 4M Double Row Press - Press £3,850.00
Very nice HD press on good shouldered rings, C/W rear drawbar & brakes Presses and Rolls
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Simba Great Plains 4.6M Double Press - Press £13,950.00
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The seed drill is generally a robust piece of equipment and it is well suited to a second-hand purchase. The used seed drill should be chosen with capacity in mind, looking at the size of the hoppers and the width of the boom. Some seed drills will be pneumatic in operation, and all will have a certain horsepower requirement, which should be checked against the tractor you are going to use.

Seed drills are sometimes combined with harrows to create a combination drill. This allows the ground to be prepared and the seeds sown in a single pass. Other machines are combined with disc coulters, rollers and rotary cultivators to achieve similar results. Such combination drills are obviously more complex in their construction than simple seed drills, and more care should be taken when choosing a second-hand combination drill. Testing the machine out with a suitable tractor is a worthwhile precaution. There is always a trade-off between the added expense and complexity of the combination drill and the increased productivity it provides. On the other hand, a simple seed drill may be slower in achieving the same results, but it is a simple, cheap and reliable machine.

The press is another important piece of sowing and planting equipment, and a wide range of used presses is available in a variety of sizes. Look out for hydraulic paddles and folding mechanisms and good-quality tines. Manufacturers include Simba, Knight, Lynx, Farmforce, Vaderstad and Dowdeswell. The press is a robust piece of equipment and buying a used press should easily give many years of good and trouble-free service.

Depending on the price and complexity of the sowing and planting machinery being considered, it may be wise to see the machine in operation before any purchase. For simpler equipment, a thorough visual inspection may be enough, but for the more complex pieces of plant, such as a combination drill, a full test-drive may be a better idea.

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