New Baselier FKV Series rotary hook tine cultivators are now available with FlexyClean rubber hood panels as a factory fitted option. The new FlexyClean panels replace traditional steel ones, with the flexible nature of the rubber leading to a considerable reduction in soil adhering to them during work. Baselier cultivators are popular on stone-free soils for seed bed preparation prior to potato or vegetable planting operations.
Cleaner running, less cleaning downtime, lower tine wear and reduced fuel consumption have all been experienced by UK growers with FlexyClean equipped test machines during 2015. This is a simple yet effective solution to the problem of under hood soil build-up on this type of machine; typical of Baselier’s approach to design and development.
P J Lee & Sons, High Flyer Farms near Ely, Cambridgeshire were among the first to test the new Baselier FlexyClean system. Christopher Lee at PJ Lee & Sons told us that while working their older Baselier side by side with the new FlexyClean machine over 58 hectares, they’d found that new machine was still on its original tines, (see attached picture) with plenty of life left in them, whereas their older machine required a new set of tines after 50 hectares.
The FlexyClean equipped machine’s clean down and greasing time was reduced from 60 minutes to just 10 minutes. Fuel usage was 29% less on heavy land, 10% less on light land, therefore giving an average fuel saving over all soil types tested of 14%.
FlexyClean hoods can be specified on all models of new Baselier FKV hook tine cultivators for 2016, from single bed machines, up to 3-bed hydraulic folding models. Baselier toppers and cultivators are part of the Standen Potato Systems range marketed in the UK and Ireland.