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24.
September
2012

The ATLAS AM 12000 short disc cultivator cruises past test in Russia’s Rostov region.

At the end of July the Russian dealership ALTAIR, with the support of STROM, embarked on a demonstration tour throughout the region of the new ATLAS AM 12000 disc cultivator. The ATLAS AM 12000 has an operating width of 12m, a transport width of 3m, 620x6mm diameter discs, which are able to...

 

 

At the end of July the Russian dealership ALTAIR, with the support of STROM, embarked on a demonstration tour throughout the region of the new ATLAS AM 12000 disc cultivator. The ATLAS AM 12000 has an operating width of 12m, a transport width of 3m, 620x6mm diameter discs, which are able to incorporate large volumes of plant residue and penetrate extremely hard soil drained by sun and wind. During the demo-tour the machine was pulled by a Case Steiger 450 hp.

 

 

 

The firts test was conducted in the vicinity of the dealer’s outlet

The first test took place close to Altair’s office in Zernograd. Due to the hot summer (temperatures didn’t drop the below +30°C mark in Rostov) some serious testing lay in wait in the harsh Russian climate. The machine unfolded with ease in the actual field thanks to the BAR-LOCK system which enables it to fold and unfold in the space of 2minutes into a transport width of 3m.
The working speed of the tested Atlas was 11km/h with a working width of 12 m and the depth of discs was 10 cm. The ATLAS is capable of preparing more than 100 hectares in just 8 hours.

 

   
 The Case Steiger with the Atlas AM 12000 ready to get stuck in.  The Atlas AM 12000 in Rostov is equipped with a V-ring packer weighing 150kg/m

Both rows of discs were deepening equally. To check the quality of the processing, we added grooves across the entire width of the machine to help determine if the work was being performed at the actual set depth of the disc. The Atlas has been designed to deliver uniform soil treatment due to the aggressive positioning of the discs which are able to slice out ridges on the bottom of the cultivated layer. The performance in Zernograd was outstanding with the serious drought there having little impact.

 

   
 Disc diameter 620x6mm, Non-stop securing of  the tines with 200kg pressure per tine.  Top quality work in hot russian summer.

The ATLAS AM 12000 was developed with harsh soil and climatic conditions in mind and has passed its test in the south of Russia with flying colours. We hope to see this machine bringing some much needed added value to farms and working in various tillage technologies. 

 

 
 The Atlas AM has a transport width of 3m thanks to the BAR-LOCK folding system.  Comfortable and safe transportation of the Atlas from the field.