- Maschio Gaspardo will be bolstering its line-up with a raft of new machines at Cereals in June
- The new additions include Primo fertiliser spreaders, Gigante no-till direct-drills, Terremoto cultivators and Toro power-harrows, equipped with ISOBUS
- The machines can be viewed at Cereals 2023 on the Maschio Gaspardo stand: 814b
Although new to the UK, these high specification implements have been available throughout the rest of Europe and beyond for a number of years and, as such, are well proven in the field.
Along with a raft of other upgrades, Maschio’s flagship Toro power-harrows can now be fitted with ISOBUS controls. While the technology is now commonplace on many combination drills and other implements, Maschio is the first manufacturer to offer the system on standalone power-harrows.
With more and more tractors having the facility to control implements via their on-board computers, the system provides the opportunity to monitor certain key functions to optimise productivity and warn of potential issues.
Among the many parameters the Isotronic system can handle are gearbox oil temperature, clutch slippage, rotor speed, power consumption, hours and area worked. In addition, it can be used to control working depth and universal joint alignment when folding for transport.
The combination of rotor speed sensors and a load-cell monitoring power consumption through the central gearbox provides operators with an indication of the stress the driveline is being put under. Alongside gearbox oil temperature monitoring this enables them to adjust work-rates accordingly and identify any potential mechanical issues before they develop.