New pre-working tools

The framework conditions for good crop management practices is constantly changing as a result of the increase in the frequency of extreme weather events and stricter regulation of the use of plant protection agents. In order for crops to have the ideal start and growing conditions in their early development, better field hygiene will continue to gain in importance. This is the reason why AMAZONE is introducing the straw harrow and knife roller as new pre-working tools for the AMAZONE Catros 03, Catros+ 03 and CatrosXL 03 compact disc harrows. This optional special equipment optimises crushing and improves the distribution of crop residues, thereby accelerating the decomposition process. The disease pressure caused by harmful biotic factors for the following crop and the need for pesticides can be greatly reduced as a result.

Other special equipment includes a TransportBox, a worked area meter in the support wheel and the new AMAZONE GreenDrill 501 universal catch crop seeder box. This can be mounted on all trailed CatrosXL units and enables stubble cultivation and catch crop seeding in a single pass. If tank capacities of more than 500 l are also required for larger areas, all trailed CatrosXL models can be equipped with a conveyor section for seeds which places the seed in front of the roller. In combination with the XTender rear tank or the FTender front tank, high outputs can then be achieved with minimum downimes.

Together with the already familiar Crushboard and wheel mark eradicators, customers now have a variety of optional equipment available to them depending on the existing machine in order to make Catros suitable for seedbed preparation, as well as the shredding and distribution of organic matter.

Crushboard an der CatrosXL 3003 Special
Crushboard on the Catros+ 3003 Special
Spurlockerer an der Catros+ 3003 Special
Wheel mark eradicator on the Catros+ 3003 Special







Straw harrow & knife roller

CatrosXL 6003-2TS mit neuer vorlaufender Messerwalze im Einsatz
CatrosXL 6003-2TS with new leading knife roller in action

The framework conditions for good crop management practices is constantly changing as a result of the increase in the frequency of extreme weather events and stricter regulation of the use of plant protection agents. In order for crops to have the ideal start and growing conditions in their early development, better field hygiene will continue to gain in importance. This is the reason why AMAZONE is introducing the straw harrow and knife roller as new pre-working tools for the AMAZONE Catros 03, Catros+ 03 and CatrosXL 03 compact disc harrows. This optional special equipment optimises crushing and improves the distribution of crop residues, thereby accelerating the decomposition process. The disease pressure caused by harmful biotic factors for the following crop and the need for pesticides can be greatly reduced as a result.

Straw harrow 

The straw harrow is available in conjunction with a mounting frame for the 3-point linkage mounted models of the Catros 03, Catros+ 03 and CatrosXL 03 ranges. The CatrosXL-2TS and CatrosXL-2TX can now also be equipped with this additional tool.

The harrow tines have a material thickness of 12 mm and overload safety protection provided by the integrated coil springs. The height of the complete harrow can be adjusted either mechanically via easy-to-reach cranks or hydraulically during operation. A scale that is easy to read from the cab informs the driver of the set working depth. In addition, the angle of attack can be adjusted in the direction of travel from standing vertically to a strongly trailing position in order to adjust the intensity of the harrow to different crop residue quantities. The straw harrow allows the customer subsequently to improve the straw distribution during the first stubble cultivation. In this way, pockets of straw in the soil profile are reduced and better germination conditions are achieved and, as a result, a better early development of the following crop is achieved.

Neuer vorlaufender Strohstriegel an der Catros auf Seite 7
New leading straw harrow on the CatrosXL 6003-2TS

Mechanische Einstellung des Strohstriegels
Mechanical adjustment of the straw harrow





Knife roller for Catros 03, Catros+ 03 and CatrosXL 

For the up-front shredding of any surface organic matter, AMAZONE is presenting a knife roller that runs in front of the disc element for Catros compact disc harrows. This roller can be mounted on all mounted and trailed Catros 03, Catros+ 03 and CatrosXL 03 models and is therefore available for compact disc harrows having a working width from 2.5 m to 9 m.

The knife roller has a diameter of 330 mm. The permanently oil-lubricated bearings with face seal are maintenance-free. Depending on the working width of the machine, the knife roller is divided into smaller segments with possible widths of 1 m, 1.5 m or 2 m. During work, the roller is swung into the working position from the cab and is tensioned hydraulically. The division into the various different segments and the pressure exerted hydraulically, means that the roller can follow the ground contours perfectly, even in uneven terrain, and can safely knock down any harvest residues across the entire working width. If this additional effect is not required in front of the disc element, the roller is hydraulically swivelled upwards and completely deactivated as a result.

For a better shredding quality and the avoidance of lateral forces, the 6 knives are mounted in a V-formation on the shaft. In order to minimise the cost of wearing parts, reversible knives made of tempered drill steel are installed on the knife rollers, which can be turned in case of wear. 
The high material thickness of 8 mm also contributes to lowering maintenance costs and therefore in reduced wear costs.

The knife roller in front of an AMAZONE compact disc harrow gives professional agri-businesses maximum flexibility in soil tillage. It gives these farms the option of carrying out an extremely shallow soil tillage with the simultaneous shredding of stubble, e.g. during the initial stubble cultivation after oilseed rape. The knife roller is also ideal for working in tall catch crops, maize stubbles or following sunflowers. In particular, long stubbles are cut transversely to the direction of travel and then incorporated with the subsequent disc element. In addition, the knife roller can be completely deactivated hydraulically, thereby reducing the tractive force requirement and fuel consumption again where the knife roll is no longer needed.

Neue Messerwalzen an der CatrosXL 6003-2TS
New knife roller on the CatrosXL 6003-2TS
Neue Messerwalze mit wartungsfreier Lagerung
New knife roller with maintenance-free bearings