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Planting technology - Belt planter | GB 330
3-row, 3 t hopper, planting more potatoes per square meter
The belt planter is the right choice to plant non calibrated seed potatoes, various sizes or longish varieties. Higher drive speed is possible with appropriate sizes as with a cup planter. The GB 330 is especially designed for 3-row planting into beds. Compared to other planting methods, a more uniform tuber growth is achieved due to optimised crop spacing within the bed. An increased quota of marketable yield is the result of an even growth of the tubers. The machine can be further upgraded with equipment such as a spreader for granulates, a fertiliser box, devices for liquid chemical treatment of the tubers and the GRIMME Flow Board.
Planting in beds
Flow-Board for even covering of the planted tubers
Driving speed of up to 10 kmph realize a high output, depending on the crop size and variety, planting distance, machine equipment and soil conditions
Barrel system for liquid tuber dressing and furrow treatment as well as a fertilizer spreader for under-root fertilisation.
Spray track eradicators
The spray track eradicators permit to create tramlines by clearing one third of a bed.
High degree of agility and manoeuvrability
Steerable wheels offer advantages at the headlands and on slopes
Perfectly adapted for every tractor
For optimum adaptation to the tractor, the drawbar can be telescoped mechanically.
The belt planting element
During planting, the potatoes are first transferred from the hydraulic tipping hopper (1) onto two individual, hydraulically driven feeder belts (3). The filling level in the planting element can be adjusted in an infinitely variable manner from the operator terminal. The finger feelers (4) control the constant feed. For planting, the potatoes are placed onto the round belts (10). The regularity of the tuber spacing depends on the evenness of the tubers and the corresponding machine settings. Excess tubers roll off the side and are conveyed back in the direction of the coil roll (5) by closed return belts (7). From here the potatoes are returned onto the round belts (10).
The large stainless steel fertiliser box has a capacity of 950 litres. Thanks to the speed-dependent spreading, an efficient and resource-conserving output of fertiliser is achieved.
For the precise application of granulates, the potato planter can be equipped with a speed controlled granulate castor. When the planter is lifted or switched off, the shaft of the granulate castor automatically turns in the opposite direction. The reverse function prevents from unintentional spreading of the agents.
Plant protection equipment
The GRIMME tank system TS 820 is designed and authorized for the application of liquid chemicals to be applied onto the seed potatoes and/or into the furrow. Thanks to a container volume of 800 l, large area outputs can be achieved without any problems. The integrated agitator prevents deposits in the tank system and thus ensures constant homogeneity of the liquid chemicals.
The automatic tipping hopper ensures a gentle, constant filling of the planting elements with tubers and avoids bridging.
Tipping hopper with a capacity of 3.0 t
With a hopper capacity of at least 3 000 kg, the GB-planter realises high area outputs with only a few fillings. The hydraulic hopper lifting ensures equal supply of the feeding belts of each planting element without bridging.
Perfect tuber placement
The extra narrow, easy-to-pull trailed furrow openers of the GB-series allow for exact tuber placement and a minimum of soil movements to ensure perfect ridging.
For growing potatoes in beds, the GRIMME belt planters can be equipped with a Flow-Board and deflectors plates. At high working speeds, the Flow-Board and the deflectors plates guide the soil in a reliable way to provide stable ridges when planting in beds.
For optimum adaptation to the tractor, all drawbars are mechanically telescopable.
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All planting elements are jointly operated by a single hydraulic motor. The hydraulic drive allows an easy, infinitely and comfortable adjustment of the planting distance directly from the cabin.
The tuber spacing and the number of tubers per hectare can be adjusted from the operator terminal.
The hydraulic steering of the chassis keeps the machine accurately in track on a slope.
The operator terminal type VC 50 (standard) enables simple touch operation. Individually programmable membrane keys, which are easily accessible by the thumb on both sides of the display, enable a reliable operation of the machine even on difficult terrain.
The row width of 42 cm allows to plant up to three rows in a separated bed. The result is a more even growth of the tubers and thus an increased quota of marketable crops.
Excellent nutrient supply
For an optimal start into the vegetation, the tubers can be treated simultaneously with liquid chemicals for plant protection and with granulates. The special design of the furrow opener with separated chambers allows simultaneous application of liquid and granulated active ingredients without sticking, thus preventing uncontrolled spreading.
Electrical fertiliser switch-off
The fertiliser can optionally be switched off electrically when the outer two rows are used to create spraying tracks. Excess fertiliser can thus be saved and the environment is protected accordingly.
For an improved, balanced ballasting, the GRIMME tank system TS 410 with 400 l capacity or the TS 820 with 800 l capacity are also available in a version to be mounted in the tractor front. In order to be able to manoeuvre the tank system easily in the yard/in buildings, removable rollers are fitted as standard.
The manufacturer independent ISOBUS operator terminal, type CCI 100, offers a large intuitive touch display with additional membrane keys. In combination with an appropriate software licence, the CCI 100 enables the feature of Section Control.
Machine lifting system
The hydraulic machine lifting incl. drawbar and chassis provides high ground clearance on the headlands.
Planting of 2 rows
For flexible use, the three-row belt planter GB 330 can also be converted for planting only two rows at a row width of 84 cm. The long centre shaper of the Flow-Board creates two ridges from one bed.
For creating spraying tracks, the belt planting elements can be closed via mechanically hinged retaining plates at the front-end of the set of planting belts. Thus all tubers, which remain on the set of planting belts, are directed to the return belts on both sides, to be guided back to the spiral roller on the rear side of the planting element.
The Flow-Board enables stable, bulbous ridges in separated beds - even at high working speeds. Stainless steel deflector plates keep the loose soil in the bed together, so that as much soil as possible can be used for ridge shaping. For "kit-kat"-shaped ridges the Flow-Board XL is optionally available.
All machines are displayed clearly with their relative machine options. Machine specific documents such as operator manual and spare parts book can be accessed at any time
The feeding belts evenly fill the planting elements. This leads to an ideal singulation of the tubers on the round belt, which ensures an even planting result.
The bed divider ensures optimum soil flow when growing potatoes in separated beds. The centre ridging body divides the bed in the middle, which ensures an even filling of the Flow-Board with soil.
Future-proof operation thanks to optional available ISOBUS technology. The ISOBUS connectivity enables an operation by means of appropriate tractor-terminals and compatible ISOBUS operator terminals of other manufacturers.
Fertilizer placement centered under the tubers
To place mineral fertilizer centrally under the tuber, the GB 330 can be equipped with large disc outlets, Ø 620 mm. The hydraulic lifting of the complete machine ensures sufficient ground clearance when turning on headlands.
Finger feeler detect and regulate the filling level in the planting element. This ensures an even supply of seed potatoes even on slopes.
Hydraulic steering drawbar
The hydraulic steering drawbar offers the advantage that the potato planter can be perfectly guided parallel to the next, neighbouring ridges by means of a manual control. It also improves manoeuvrability at the headland. The drawbar is equipped with an automatic self-centering that moves the drawbar to straight forward position at the push of a button.
In order to make it easy to change between the application of liquid chemicals onto the seed potatoes and/or into the furrow the potato planter can be equipped with two couplable interfaces.
Save seed potatoes
For creating tramlines, the two outer belt planting elements can be closed individually with electrically adjustable retaining plates. This can be done conveniently via operating terminal. Thus all tubers, which remain on the set of planting belts, are directed to the return belts on both sides, to be guided back to the spiral roller on the rear side of the planting element.
Identify spare parts
Due to the specific spare parts book in myGRIMME, a quick identification of parts as well as checking the availability of parts is possible.
For the application of liquid chemicals into the furrow or onto the seed tuber, the machine can be equipped with two separate nozzle systems, which are fitted in the furrow opener.
Set of planting belts
Six round belts, which rotate at different speed, transport the seed tubers centrally and closely lined up on the set of planting belts from the backside of the machine towards the furrow opener in the front. The differential speed of the round belts in relation to the return belts supports a good alignment of long potatoes on the set of round belts.
The optionally available Section Control enables a precise creation of field edges as well as a saving of production resources through an automatic synchronously switching of all belt planting elements.
Spare parts which have been identified and located can be ordered conveniently on-line at the myGRIMME webshop.
Even deep guidance
To ensure a uniform growing and emergence of the tubers the Flow-Board is mechanically linked to the furrow-openers, thus providing an even covering with soil.
The control box type GBX 860 is to complement the VC 50 or CCI 100 operator terminals of spring or harvest machines. The control box enables quick access to frequently used functions. Such as drawbar self-centering, axle steering, levelling axle and field start / field end.
Hydraulic jack stand
For convenient coupling and uncoupling of the machine, all drawbars are equipped with a hydraulic jack stand.
The hydraulically driven pump, which is independent of the tractors engine speed, can be conveniently adjusted via operator terminal. The hydraulic drive of the pump enables a constant application rate.
High operating comfort by use of sensitive and intuitive machine operation with quick access to frequently required functions. I.e. axle steering or field start / field end. The operator is free to assign five double-acting functions to hardware-keys, as well as the X- and Y- axes of the multi-functional lever.
Adaptation to the tuber size
The distance between the round belts can be adjusted to adapt to the tuber size. The adjustment can be done via an adjustment disc.
Reduced power requirements
The coating of the Flow-Board XL with polyethylene (PE) reduces the sticking of soil and provides a better soil flow characteristics with reduced power requirement.
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Round belt agitator
The round belt agitator supports the singling of the seed potatoes on the round belts. Due to the possibility of a fast and sensitive adjustment of the agitator to the tuber size, the device is perfectly suitable for frequent change of different tuber varieties.
Constant application rate
In order to ensure that the application rate is always exact, it is automatically adjusted to the respective working speed. The defined application rate [l/ha] can be set conveniently on the operator terminal.
The return conveyors move the excess potatoes back towards the coil roll at the rear. Compared to similar systems, the closed surface of the return conveyors ensure a particularly gentle transport of chitted seed tubers. This design also reduces the cleaning effort of the planting element.
Coil roll and scraper
The spiral rollers are guiding the potatoes from the outer return conveyor towards the inner set of round belts.
GRIMME Video system
With up to 8 cameras, the GRIMME video system offers optimum monitoring of the entire machine. The camera image is changed automatically according to a user-defined interval.
At the front of the set of round belts there is a foam roller which slows down the tuber flow and releases the potatoes individually for planting. The decelerating effect of the foam roller compensates for small irregularities in the alignment of the tubers on the belts.
To relieve and support the operator and to protect the machine, Visual Protect automatically detects error sources, such as an incorrect adjustment of the ridge shaping unit, and displays them on the monitor.
Tuber spacing is monitored by an ultrasonic sensor that counts the tubers as they fall into the furrow opener and thus checks for deviations. If there are deviations in the planting distance, the driver is informed acoustically and visually.
Control of tuber spacing
The adjustment aid automatically corrects the tuber spacing during planting to a pre-defined number of tubers per hectare.
For a perfect singularisation of the tubers, even on slopes (+/- 7°), the levelling of the planting elements is always kept horizontal in relation to working direction. The discharge point into the furrow opener as well as the drop height of the potatoes always remains constant due to the automatic levelling at slopes.
Furrow openers / depth control
Liquid chemicals to be applied onto the seed potatoes / into the furrow
- The 3-row planting in a bed ensures more marketable crops. More tubers per hectare are planted with the third row in the bed, thus realizes a better use of the available field and increased output per hectare. the third row also creates a different distance between the tubers thus ensures a more even growth and therefore more marketable crop compared to the traditional or quad system (two rows of potatoes in a ridge).
- Working speeds of up to 10 kmph means high outputs are achieved, depending on the tuber size and variety, planting distance and soil conditions.
- The tuber spacing resp. the number of tubers per hectare can be adjusted from the operator terminal.
- Less seed potatoes are required with the automatic row shut-off of all planting elements with Section Control.
- For a precise singling of seed potatoes on slopes, the planting element can be levelled +/- 7° in relation to driving direction.
- Uniform growing and emergence through constant soil covering of the tubers via coupling of the furrow opener with the Flow-Board for ridge shaping.
- The approved GRIMME tank system allows the application of liquid chemicals as well as of furrow treatments and supports the driver with several comfort functions.
- Efficient and resource-saving use of fertiliser through application directly when planting with the GRIMME fertiliser box.
- Simultaneous application of liquid chemicals and granulates for an optimal start of the vegetation.
- The GRIMME Flow-Board creates an accurately centered tuber placing in beds even at slopes.
- Steerable wheels on the potato planter minimise possible drifting on slopes so that the seed tubers are always placed in the centre of the row.
You'll find all the information about the standard features of the machine here.
- 3 planting elements, hydraulically driven
- Crop separator above planting belt
- Hydraulically driven oscillator in the planting element
- 3 separate operated, hydraulically driven feeding belts
- Infinitely planting distance adjustment
- Row width 42 cm.
- Tipping hopper capacity 3000 kg
- Mechanical telescope drawbar incl. hydraulic jack stand
- Tractor attachment with drawbar eye or hitch
- Chassis with 2 running wheels
- Wheels 12.4 - 24 AS
- Lighting system
- Hydraulic block
- Main electronic MDA
- VC 50 operator terminal to operate all hydraulic functions, including:
- Miss indicator
- Hectare meter
- Field start / end function
- Potato counter via ultra sonic sensors
|Length without / with front frame||5960 / 6977 mm|
|Width at 75 cm row width without / with front frame||2290 / 2355 mm|
|Filling height||2466 mm|
|Support length without / with front frame||5382 / 6125 mm|
|Overlapping length at the rear side||580 mm|
|Empty weight with basic configuration||3200 kg|
|Row width||42 cm|
|Number of rows||3|
|Drawbar eye / low hitch||x|
|Low hitch ball bearing (K 80)||x|
|Tipping hopper capacity||3000 kg|
|Chassis and engine|
|Transport speed (option)||25 km/h|
|Engine power (min.)||60 kW|
|Oil flow||50 l/min|
|Required control valves (double acting)||1|