Salford puts on a Halo and tills like the devil

Tillage tools come in many forms, but the new high-speed disc with AerWay tool onboard puts a bite on the field

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Glacier FarmMedia – Salford recently launched a new tillage frame called the Halo that can be fit with different combinations of ground engagement tools.

Two models are available. The Halo high speed disc (HSD) comes in five sizes from 20 to 40 feet wide, and the Halo AerWay is available in 20, 25 and 30-foot sizes now, and 35 and 40-foot machines in 2021.

The Halo AerWay is one of the most unique tillage implementations to come on the market this year.

The Halo AerWay is built on the Halo vertical tillage-style, front-folding frame with AerWay Shattertines on the front gang, independently mounted 13-wave coulters with a rubber torsion suspension on the second gang, and Salford’s new double rolling baskets on the rear.

In 2015, Salford acquired AerWay, which has been on the market for about 40 years.

An AerWay, with more

Kris Wright, Salford’s Tillage product manager at Salford, said AerWay has been a consistent seller into niche markets, but now that it is available in larger working widths with a small transport package, he expects it to be more attractive to larger farms.

“Typically, they have tines that are spaced anywhere from 7.5 to 10 inches, centre to centre apart, with three or four tines in a row. And as they go through the ground they will fracture the soil and open the soil, but leave the solid structure intact.”

He said the AerWay doesn’t create overly loose soil that will wash or blow away. Instead, it creates micro fractures in the soil so that air, water and crop roots can get through the hardpan, and it is much less invasive than deep-ripping.

“If you think about a deep ripper or a chisel plow, you’re basically just running something deep through the soil, completely vertical and just taking away all the soil structure. With the AerWay, if you think of a spider web and you just poke your finger in a few spots of the spider web, the spider web remains. Well, that’s your soil structure.”

The new machine folds into a very narrow stance, making it easy to manage in transport.
photo: Salford

He said the AerWay was commonly used in hay and pasture, but in the mid 2000s, it started to be used in tillage applications to address things such as corn and cereal residue.

“As much as it looks like a knife or a tine, it doesn’t do any cutting of residue or corn stalks or anything like that. But what it will do is fracture them and mix them around and start the microbial breakdown that happens over winter to help decompose those,” Wright said.

The traditional AerWay didn’t have built in ballasting and instead used concrete blocks on top to help the Shattertines penetrate hard ground.

Wright said he’s heard from customers that after a few years of working in crop residue with the implement that they could take the blocks off the frame because the hardpan layers had largely disappeared.

The Halo AerWay’s tines and blades have three gang angle settings.

The row of airway tines can be adjusted from 2.5, five and 7.5 degrees, while the wave blades can be adjusted completely vertical, to forwarded or negative, 1.5 or three degrees.

“The tine for the AerWay has a lean and a twist to it. What the lean and the twist are going to do for you, is as it’s going through the ground it hits with the impact as it rotates through its revolution, and the lean and the twist are what forces the soil laterally causing the micro fractures,” Wright said.

Salford had a 40-foot AerWay being demonstrated this fall and Wright said it was being run at 12 to 14 mph with the tines penetrating eighth inches deep and the wave blades going in three to four inches.

It takes about 12-14 horsepower per foot to pull the Halo AerWay.

It takes a little less horsepower to pull Salford’s new Halo HSD.

“It is a new tillage platform for us,” Wright said.

“It is your conventional high-speed disc. One row of concave blades pointed one way, the second row of concave blades pointed the other, and then your finishing roller.”

He said the Halo HSD uses existing Salford blade mount designs to reduce field hopping and increase its field leveling performance

To help the machine leave a nice level field finish, Salford designed a set of hydraulic pressure settings for the frame, using independently mounted blades with a rubber torsion suspension, and a heavy-duty 23-inch cage roller.

“We’re rating the high-speed disc at anywhere between 12 to 18 h.p. per foot, depending on the depth you’re operating at, and if you want to run it at the higher end of the speed spectrum or lower end of the speed spectrum,” Wright said.

The new Halo offerings use double taper roller bearing with a five-bolt pattern for the discs.

“The product version coming out for 2021 is a machined cast hub. This is one we have designed and tested in-house,” Wright said.

“It’s a rebuildable hub and it is a greaseless system, so there is no maintenance on these other than if you were to rebuild them yourself.”

The list price for the Halo HSD ranges from mid $90,000 for a 20-foot machine, up to just under $170,000 for a 40-foot implement.

The Halo AerWay will cost just under $105,000 for a 20-foot machine up to the mid-$150,000 range for a 40-foot implement.

This article was originally published at The Western Producer.

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Robin Booker is a reporter with Glacier FarmMedia.

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