Great Plains has a completely new vertical tillage machine rolling down its state-of-the-art production line in Ellsworth, Kan. Its name is Turbo-Max.
Turbo-Max has two coulter gangs like previous Turbo-Till models, but with 7.5 inches spacing between each blade. It has 25 percent closer blade spacing per gang. The two gangs are offset so the second gang splits the first—sizing residue to an impressive 3.75 inches laterally (the narrowest among major vertical tillage manufacturers).
The finishing attachment behind the coulter gangs is the company’s patented rolling spike harrow, which completes the vertical tillage pass by leveling the soil while fracturing any soil not already loosened by the coulter blades.
The good news for growers who love their Turbo-Tills and don’t need the new feature is that Great Plains will still be building the Turbo-Till in its latest form. For vertical tillage growers looking for options in residue, leveling and weed control while maintaining a true vertically tilled seedbed, Turbo-Max looks to be a substantial leap forward in the evolution of arguably the country’s most popular vertical tillage tool.