Changing climate conditions sees changes to drill range

  • The Sprinter machines have been an inherent part of the Horsch product range for decades
  • Now the longtime experiences in the sector of tine seed drills were integrated in two new models – the Sprinter 6.25 SL and the Sprinter 12.25 SC which will be on show at Cereals

The reason for the development of the new Sprinter lines among others are the changing climate conditions which bring about longer dry periods. Thus, cultivation methods in some parts of the world change, too. In the regions concerned, it is an enormous challenge to keep water in the soil. The objective is to reduce tillage to a minimum as every interference with the soil can stimulate aeration, warming and evaporation. To be able to sow without previous tillage you need a seed drill that perfectly works in high amounts of straw residues as well as in harder soils.

To ensure a perfect seed-soil contact between grain and seed furrow, the new Sprinters are equipped with a tine seed coulter with removing qualities. This technology creates a residue-free seed furrow, and the seed is placed optimally. Due to three different tine coulters, the farmer can additionally react to various conditions.

The new Sprinters have a high clearance due to the 3-bar design. The tines with a spacing of 25 cm have a release force of 180 kg. The depth of each tine is controlled by a press wheel which ensures a very precise depth placement. Due to the hydraulic pre-tension, the tine is retracted for road transport to keep the transport width below 3 m.

The Sprinter SC is equipped with a 6 300 l double hopper and will be available with a triple tank and additional MiniDrill options. The smaller Sprinter SL works optimally in combination with a Horsch Partner FT front tank.

In 2022, a prototype series of the Sprinter 6 SL and Sprinter 12 SC was tested in the field. Further field tests will be carried out this year. Both Sprinter models will be available as of 2024.

Tine options:

Ultra ThinEdge

The Ultra ThinEdge tine seed coulter is the narrowest of the coulter options. It is only 12 mm wide and thus ideal for sowing directly into the stubble. The soil is opened only minimally, there is only little soil movement, and the straw cover is maintained. The coulter is ideal for catch crops or rape.


The ThinEdge tine seed coulter is a 21 mm wide coulter. It removes straw residues from the seed zone and opens a narrow seed furrow. The soil remains covered, humidity is kept in the soil and the warming of the soil is slowed down.


The WideEdge tine seed coulter is the widest of the three coulter options. With a width of 110 mm, it creates an approx. 70 mm wide seed band. It creates more soil movement than the narrower versions. However, this favours the distribution in the standing area for higher seed rates.

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