Williamson Agri build rippers to withstand high impacts and provide a bed for growth

Williamson Agri has designed a bar with unique tines that enables it to prepare cropping and pasture ground to a level where seed emergence is greatly improved

The advantage of the curved Michel tine is its capacity to effectively shatter compacted soil horizontally and laterally. The European design originating out of France was developed to give a maximum decompaction effect for land that would be used for root vegetable production. For Australian conditions it works optimally in no-till cropping areas offering maximum pan fracture while not inverting soils, vitally important for carbon retention

For years those ahead of the game have realised compaction is one of the great constraints to their farming business.

And soil compaction comes in many forms from machine and animal impact through to naturally settling environments.

With the two main issues arising from compaction being the inevitable reduction in moisture infiltration and retention and the negative effect on soil nutrition.

Impacts to nutrient cycling and root hormone interactions from compaction greatly influence healthy soils and your profitability.

Williamson Agri’s range of rippers came from Frank Williamson’s understanding of the need to unlock yield potential, for farmers to ensure the greatest profitability.

Frank worked his way through several designs, and eventually he chose the curved tine as a device that worked more effectively across a wide array of soil types.

Williamson Agri build all their machines out of Australian-made steel and take pride in their substantial small farm frames. Vineyard and small farm machines are built with 9mm One Steel RHS and 20mm plate. While the smaller frames offer higher tine placement with greater road clearance for smaller tractors they are made to the same rugged specifications as their broadacre machines. Three tine clamp options are available, shear bolt protected high clearance, shear bolt protected medium clearance and hydraulic breakout

After several years of trialling, he found that this non-inversion tine shape caused maximum disturbance of problematic hard pans while still being able to maintain an ideal topsoil structure.

Importantly, this tine system offered a reduced erosion risk but was always able to increase seed strike percentage when sown into the worked ground.

Williamson Agri construct their deep rippers out of Australian-made steel in Scone NSW and use Italian sourced curved tines to complete their proven design.

The curved tines are specially designed for the frame and being only 15mm wide they cut a fine path as the following twisted point and lower leg lift and drop the soil while exerting lateral force for a full profile fracture.

Williamson Agri rippers are well suited for large farm operations with delta wing 3 and 4m wide (6 or 8 leg) models. And also offer vineyard/small farm models 2.1 and 2.4m wide (2 or 4 leg).

Rippers can be ordered as TPL or can be adapted as trailed and offer smooth drum or toothed rollers.

Ripping trials in Pinnaroo showed the Michel tine had a significant advantage over traditional straight tine shanks for the placement of seed in operations post ripping. The trails showed comprehensively that effective rolling was vital after any ripping operations and that seed depth would be greatly influenced by tine type. By using Lidar technology researchers were able to 3D map the trial site showing the finish left by the Williamson Agri Michel tined machine superior both rolled and unrolled to the surface left by the traditional straight shank 

Williamson Agri specialise in manufacturing deep tillage equipment with the toughness to tackle the most compacted soils and new ground, all built to the best standard possible for our local agriculture industry.

If you want to dig a little deeper next season, give Adam a call on 0409 367 887 or contact Williamson Agri through their website: www.williamsonagri.com.au

Contact Adam with your first hand compaction issues

Adam is currently studying Equine Pasture Compaction issues through a Nuffield Scholarship and is keen to talk with anyone with experiences they might be happy to share on the remediation of their compacted soils. For further information contact Adam Williamson on 0409 367 887 or on twitter @amwfarming