Gason will unveil its new planter bar at the Wimmera Field Days next week, designed and built in the company's Ararat factory, the T12000 follows six months of product development and testing.
AF Gason design engineer Tom McCluskey said the planter is an update and expansion of the company's range, and features a twelve metre working width.
Mr McCluskey said a key feature was the planters ability to fold to a transport width of 6.5m, making it road travel compliant, through the use of two hydraulic wings on either side of the main frame.
"We set out to build a machine that is simple and robust in design but with new features added that give reliability for the broadacre operator," he said.
"We subjected the design to extensive computer stress analysis before we built the prototype machine that is currently being completed at our Ararat works ready for the Wimmera Field Days.
"The first unit has been purchased off our computer drawings by our Gason dealer Hicks Machinery on behalf of their client a local district grain grower from north of Horsham."
Mr McCluskey said design features on the T12000 included a single row of 500/55-22.5 high floatation tubeless tyres and a rigid pull design which makes for a strong and manoeuvrable machine.
"The wheel spacings are three metres apart to accommodate controlled farming applications," he said.
"The T12000 has five toolbar rows with a nominal spacing of one metre.
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"These frames are fitted with Gason's well- proven Scaritill or Hydratill tine assemblies which provide a break out force of 140 to 310 kilograms "
Mr McCluskey said the hydraulic tines allow the operator to back-off the breakout force if there are rocks in the paddock while still getting the job done, and a range of parallelogram or frame mounted press wheels can also be added to the machine.
He said a T10000 version would also be made available, featuring the same design in a 10m working width.
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