John Deere Frontier VT17
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Rolling baskets and blade options enable a smooth field finish- Two blade options exist with the VT17 Series vertical tillage tool.
- Straight fluted blades
- 508 mm (20–in.) diameter
- 6-mm (0.24-in.) thickness
- Less aggressive cut
- Shallow concave fluted blades
- 558.8 mm (22-in.) diameter
- 5-mm (0.20-in.) thickness
- More aggressive cut
Each blade is fluted, allowing the soil to mix and the crop to incorporate into the soil. True vertical tillage is achieved with straight blades at a 0-degree gang angle. However, depending on soil conditions, crop residue, and the grower’s desired field finish, a higher-degree gang angle or shallow concave blades may be needed.
Simple adjustments for increased uptime- There are three adjustments to properly set-up the VT17 Series Vertical Tillage tool. Adjust depth of tillage tool, Depth: adjust the depth of the tool by moving a single pin and hole. Choose between 0-76 mm (0-3 in.). NOTE: Make sure to adjust back to transport mode when moving the unit from field to field.
Adjustable gang angles for desired aggressiveness- The gang angles on the V17 Series adjust from 0-12 degrees. For growers practicing true vertical tillage, gang angles should be set between 0 degrees. However, this vertical tillage tool also has the capability for a more aggressive cut to satisfy growers with harder soil types. To adjust the gang angle, use the included angle adjusting lever to shift the slide plate to a desired setting.
Working widths that allow for easy road transport and increased asset utilization- Growers can choose between four working widths – 3, 3.7, 4, and 4.6 m (10, 12, 13, and 15 ft). Vertical tillage units are known for their high horsepower requirements, causing some customers to purchase larger tractors to accommodate. The VT17 Series working widths allow the horsepower requirements to remain low, which lets growers use their current utility tractors to practice vertical tillage. These widths also allow for easy road transport in most areas.
Maintenance-free bearings increase the life of moving parts and increases uptime- Choose between sealed or greasable bearings. Sealed bearings do not require regular maintenance, and reduce the chance for contamination, lengthening the life of the bearing. Greasable bearings typically have a longer life, but require routine maintenance.