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AMIA turns over new ground

Expanding its tillage equipment offering, AMIA has begun importing Italian-made Nardi ploughs. Richard Bradley reports from the firm’s demonstration day in Fife, Scotland.


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The Italian-manufactured ploughs appear to be well built.

With the ambition of offering a full line-up of tillage equipment, UK machinery distributor AMIA has begun importing Nardi ploughs.


AMIA’s portfolio currently spans from simple silage equipment, to bedding attachments and even ATV-mounted loaders. Acting solely as a distributor, AMIA says it has about 40 dealers for its different brands across the UK.


Family-owned Italian manufacturer Nardi has been producing equipment for 125 years, and exports to about 100 countries around the world – despite this, it has never been imported into the UK.


Nardi’s portfolio includes mounted ploughs from one to seven furrows, semi mounted ploughs up to 12 furrows, disc harrows, cultivators, power harrows, and seed drills, including mechanical, pneumatic and precision planters. Offering five different ranges, the firm’s plough offering stretches from 85-400hp rating, with working depths from 150mm-500mm – all models excluding the smallest NX-1 Series is available with hydraulic vari-width, and in-furrow/on-land as an option.

Alan Dennis, managing director of AMIA says: “Because of Nardi’s long standing heritage, and the heavily built nature of their ploughs, which are manufactured to work at depths we will never need in the UK, we know the ploughs should stand up to what UK farmers and contractors can throw at them.“


Initially, AMIA is bringing in Nardi’s mid-range NX-2 and NX-3 Series ploughs, and the distributor aims to eventually offer Nardi’s full range of tillage equipment.


To find out more we headed to the field with Johny Henderson, AMIA’s distributor for Scotland, with a five-furrow, on-land/in-furrow NX35.

Mould boards and body protection

Offering working depths from 200 to 500cm, Nardi’s 3 Series plough can be equipped with five different mould board types with various sizes to suit desired working depths, including slatted and polyethylene boards for heavy, sticky soils.

 

Making sure the trash is well and truly buried; three different height-adjustable skimmers or trash boards are available, all of which are optional.

Cutting discs on the rear furrow are standard fitment, with a further option of fitting discs to each furrow. As an alternative to discs, Nardi offers what it calls bottom coulters, more commonly called furrow knives.


As standard, the ploughs are fitted with shear bolt protection, with the option of specifying auto-reset. The latter uses a hydraulic system to pivot the arm around two points, offering up and down movement, but not side-to-side.


Auto-reset versions also feature the same shear bolt protection as an emergency breakaway.

Headstock and adjustment

All NX-2 and 3 Series ploughs come as standard with a fixed headstock which can accommodate both Cat II and Cat III linkages. Available as an option, Nardi offers a floating headstock, which uses pins to prevent movement for transport.


In-furrow ploughs feature a parallelogram linkage to set front furrow width, and while mechanical adjustment is standard, a hydraulic ram is available as an option.


Plough alignment, both for in-furrow, and on-land/in-furrow ploughs is set mechanically.

For manual working width adjustable models, four working width positions are available, and a hydraulic ram is used to pull the plough in for turnover on larger models. Hydraulic vari-width ploughs pull the plough in with the same memory ram which sets its working width.


As standard, turnover stops and rear depth wheel are set via manual turn adjusters. A memory ram is available to set turnover, and a dual depth wheel can be specified which features hydraulic adjustment. The standard single depth wheel doubles up as a transport wheel on larger ploughs.

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