Tim throws a Depth Charger at Dowerin Machinery Field Days

Tim throws a Depth Charger at Dowerin Machinery Field Days


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Former Yuna farmer Tim Pannell shows off his new Depth Charger deep ripper.

Former Yuna farmer Tim Pannell shows off his new Depth Charger deep ripper.

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FORMER Yuna farmer and Reefinator inventor Tim Pannell ‘exploded’ on the scene at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.

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FORMER Yuna farmer and Reefinator inventor Tim Pannell ‘exploded’ on the scene at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days.

With a penchant for trying new things, Tim thought he could build a deep ripper for places you’d like to rip but can’t because it’s too difficult.

Enter the aptly-named Depth Charger, which does to the subsoil what its name suggests.

His six metre (20 foot) working width machine on display boasted 14 tines across two rows, with a choice of two points on each shank and pre-drilled holes to accept inclusion plates.

Attached at the rear is a heavy duty rib roller which weighs 18 tonne empty.

Additional weight is obviously gained by filling it with water.

“This is designed to rip and not bring soil up,” Tim said.

“And the big thing is to leave behind a firm seed bed instead of a fluffy result which can cause seed depth problems.”

With industrial-grade hydraulics providing a monster 3500 kilograms of breakout pressure, this Big Mother certainly has the credentials to get the job done.

Tim chalked up a total of 26 years deep ripping his Yuna farm and that assisted him greatly in designing the Depth Charger.

Just don’t try ‘Reefinating’ with it, stick to the ripping.

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