Radium Engineering saw a need for deep-rip traffic control applications in some parts of South Africa. In cooperation with the former Agricultural Technical Services, Radium embarked on a research and development campaign. Initial testing revealed that ripping in specific soil types, like sandy soils, caused unforeseen complications. When tines penetrated deeper than 500mm, a compaction layer could form from the bottom upwards. The result of this tillage equipment was a tunnel-like effect deep below the surface that would ultimately lead to even greater compaction.
After several experiments the Dual Tine Ripper was born. The idea was to run two or three aligned tines directly behind one another. Each tine then rips only 300mm of soil. Tine-positioning was absolutely critical in allowing each shear to work in the vacuum created by the shear ahead of it. Incorrect placement required double the amount of work and drastically increased energy requirements.
Radium determined the correct combination of shears, their sequence and size and found that draught requirements were considerably reduced. Radium’s new design used 40% less energy and the result was an ideal root zone of up to 1000mm deep without any side-compaction. The Dual Tine Ripper eliminated compaction around and below the deep-working sheers and allowed water and roots to penetrate deeper for improved and more consistent growth.
The High-Speed Inline Disc Harrow’s new compact design allows faster and more effective transportation between farms and lands, and was designed to replace Radium Engineering’s traditional Offset Disc Harrow. This practical and versatile machine empowers farmers with more applications in addition to the usual harrow work.
The individual disc-units contains the clamp, arm, disc, bearing and spring (exerting the down force which allows for flexibility during field operations). The bearing’s maintenance-free design reduces down time and increases inland efficiency.
Deeper, slower operations is effortlessly achieved through the machine’s balanced weight, and also enables faster, lighter operations when needed.
The vertical and horizontal axis and positions of the discs improves the soil penetration and tilth.
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Radium’s Pasturators were engineered with dairy farms in mind. Its original purpose was to break up compacted soil just below the grazing plane on planted pastures. The design has proven far more versatile and its use in natural pastures, on instant lawn, or for small-scale ripping, is becoming increasingly popular.
Coulters slice a neat path ahead of each shank as they pass through the pasture. The shanks are designed to lift the soil beneath the surface of the grazing and/or pasture without causing any damage to the surface crop. Behind the shank, a roller firms out the surface and closes any furrows that might be left in its wake.
Regular use of a Radium Pasturator aerates the soil and increases water movement and penetration, improving root development and resulting in a greater crop yield. This makes it the ideal addition to any farm’s agricultural equipment. A good Pasturator is essential for reversing the soil compaction caused by livestock and vehicle movement over agricultural lands.
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The Radium PowerRip is all about the effective use of energy. It is a basic, three-point mounted machine that comes in practical sizes to match the available horsepower of most tractors. The machine manoeuvers easily on the headland, thus increasing overall productivity. Weight is transferred to the front wheels of the tractor via the top link of the PowerRip. This reduces wheel slip and uses the tractor’s output more efficiently. For reduced rolling resistance and to optimise fuel consumption, the machine has been constructed without large carry wheels.
The unique shank configuration of the PowerRip allows for easy material flow. This reduces the packing of material within the shank layout and minimises wear on the components. These machines have a maximum work depth of 550mm and a maximum work speed of 7.5km/h. The PowerRip is a practical and versatile solution for most primary farming ploughing operations.
This tractor-mounted tiller may be basic, but its robust frame construction makes it durable and the range of different sizes available make it simpler for farmers to find their perfect fit. Take a look at Radium Engineering’s selection of tillage equipment.
Rising input costs and unpredictable weather patterns raise questions over the efficiency and viability of existing conventional tillage methods. Radium regarded the issues carefully and developed the ZoneTill. The concept of this machine is to work the soil only in the root-development areas by configuring the shanks exactly like the planter row units. This enables the farmer to work only particular zones of soil over wider areas, and the result is increased productivity and lower input costs.
Radium kept the design of the ZoneTill simple yet robust. The spring-trip assembly from the PowerRip, along with the unique C-shaped shank and hammerhead shear, lets the farmer disrupt the greatest amount of soil around the root zone while using the least amount of energy. The unbeatable hammerhead shear ensures that no side compaction or smearing occurs. This encourages early and improved root development, faster water absorption and increased soil aeration. Essentially, the ZoneTill creates an ideal seedbed for row crops.
Working in stubble and surface material is hassle-free with the addition of coulters, row closers and rollers. Further tillage operations, like the use of disc harrows, are no longer necessary. The rear-mounted rollers break apart larger clods usually brought to the surface during dry season. This versatile machine thereby allows farmers to work the soil whenever it suits them.
The ZoneTill is just one of the quality pieces of farming machinery in Radium’s tillage equipment range. Its specialist design makes it easier for farmers to till more efficiently and at the same time reduce costs.