Plough replacement parts buying guide
Ploughs are undoubtedly one of the most important pieces of equipment in a farmer’s arsenal, making efficient soil preparation quick and easy. Burying unwanted surface growth, weeds and remnants from last year’s harvest is absolutely essential to ensure that new plants have direct access to the right nutrients, so it’s important that ploughs are properly maintained throughout the year.
However, given the abrasive nature of turning soil, plough parts such as mouldboards, slats and landslides are subjected to immense wear and tear over time, necessitating replacement plough parts to ensure that any deterioration doesn’t hamper the soil cultivation process.
To keep your plough in tip-top condition for longer, we’ve put together this helpful plough replacement part buying guide, offering tips and advice on the factors you should consider when buying replacement parts for a plough.
The Impact of Different Soil Types
The type of soil your land comprises of will have a big impact on how quickly the soil engaging parts of your plough will wear. That’s why, it’s important to consider soil type and structure when investing in a new plough outright, as well as when it comes to buying replacement parts for the machine.
Some ploughs are better suited to certain soil types than others, and may be more hard-wearing when used in abrasive or compacted soils. For this reason, it’s absolutely essential that you understand the soil structure on your farm before buying a new ploughing system — helping you achieve efficient cultivation with minimal deterioration.
Maintaining good soil structure is an important part of crop cultivation, and can lead to increased crop yields and reduce the risk of environmental damage, such as flooding. A mechanised plough is essential in this, helping break down dense aggregates and reduce compaction, for better moisture drainage and run-off.
If your land is comprised of abrasive or compacted soil types, make sure you factor the cost of replacement soil engaging parts into your initial plough-buying decision. Maintaining abrasive and compacted soil types could lead to rapid deterioration of plough components like mouldboards, slats, disc coulters and furrow splitters, meaning that you may need to replace these components relatively frequently — sending your plough maintenance costs spiralling.
One of the most cost effective ploughs to maintain would be Kverneland, which combine reliable performance with hardwearing turnover components that are affordable to replace. Alternatively, Besson and Lemken systems offer outstanding cultivation efficiency and performance, but may be more expensive to maintain in the long-term.
Versatility and Function
One of the attributes most farmers look for in a plough is versatility, whether that be the ability to add extra furrows to the rig or micro-adjust the depth to suit different soil conditions and crop types.
Modern ploughs offer a great deal more functionality than their predecessors, particularly when paired with a state-of-the-art tractor. If you’re in the market for a versatile plough system, there are a number of basic things you should consider, including overall construction, plough quality, and how easy it is to adjust things like skim depth and furrow width.
As UK farmers continue to expand on the types of crops they cultivate, increased functionality is quickly becoming one of the key necessities for any new plough system. If simple and quick adjustment of skim depth and furrow width are important to you, we’d recommend a plough with hydraulically-adjustable working width and depth. While ploughs with this functionality command a high premium, you’ll absolutely feel the benefit when ploughing straight furrows on sloping terrain, or else working with a number of different crops and soil types.
Buying a plough can be a complex enterprise, with a number of considerations to factor in before making your buying decision. That said, many farmers like to stick with a brand they know, and are wary of taking a gamble on another machine.
Placing trust in a single manufacturer can be both a blessing and a curse for farmers. On one hand, consistently buying plough equipment and parts from a single manufacturer can increase loyalty, and may stand you in good stead to receive special loyalty discounts from the supplier. However, this could also limit the functionality and scope of your ploughing efforts, with some machines lacking the advanced features and versatility offered by other manufacturers — impeding the quality of your ploughing in the long-term.
If you’re in the market for a new plough or replacement parts, it could pay to keep your options open and explore alternatives to the ones you’d normally go for. For instance, if you’re looking to buy replacement mouldboards, why not ditch the pricey original components in favour of a more affordable compatible option? At Spaldings, we offer a range of own-brand plough parts that are compatible with a range of manufacturers, helping you save on the cost of spares whilst enjoying the same great performance you’ve come to expect from your machine.
At Spaldings, we offer a huge range of replacement parts for ploughs, helping you fix and maintain your equipment for less.