Rapid

Rapid

Flexibility – Rapid is always right

Rapid is fantastic in all situations – ploughed, minimum tillage or direct drilled. 20 years of experience makes the Rapid concept outstanding.
With Väderstad Rapid you obtain a powerful, soil cultivating drill that produces quality results under all conditions. Rapid is right regardless of cropping system. It makes no difference whether you want to drill directly into stubble, after ploughing or after minimal tillage.

Thanks to the powerful front tools and the soil cultivating ability of the seed coulter discs, Rapid can drill in all conditions at high speed. You save on the number of passes needed before drilling. The high coulter pressure gives good penetration ability and very good possibilities for direct drilling.

Rapid – a reliable partner

Rapid 300-400C/S has a large seed hopper, high capacity and is easy to operate. Rapid is a reliable machine with well proven technology. The machine is available in 3 m and 4 m working width, as seed only and combi.

Rapid is fitted with a ‘memory cylinder’ for setting drilling depth from the cab. Drilling depth can be altered on the go if required. A clear scale on the front of the seed hopper shows the value selected.

Customize your own Rapid

With a wide range of front tools you are able to build your own Rapid for your conditions.

  • With only Crossboard Heavy you get a very compact machine with high flexibility that is easy to manouver. Perfect solution for the conventional farmer
  • System Agrilla Crossboard Heavy has its rightful place on lighter soils where thorough loosening is required or on soils where the surface is hard
  • Crossboard (Heavy or Light) System Disc is our most popular front tool, perfect for working in tough ploughed land or min till conditions.
  • System Disc Aggressive is ideal for min till farming
  • System Disc Aggressive Crossboard Heavy is our most aggressive front tool, perfect for working in tough ploughed or min till conditions
  • It is also possible to order your Rapid C/S without front tool.

Mechanical metering system

The metering system on Rapid is simple yet ingenious, and gives precise metering of seed sizes from rape to beans, regardless of driving speed. It is easy to set and calibrate.

Large drive wheel follows the soil surface and drives the gearbox. Distribution can be set stepless. In each seed house a cell wheel provides continuous flow of seed to the seed coulters. In order to improve the precision when drilling small seeds a fine cell wheel can be used.

Tested in very tough conditions

The Rapid has a robust construction and has been tested in the toughest conditions possible in the Väderstad stone quarry. This is the reason why thousands of farmers every year invest in a Rapid. We also continuously improve the lifetime for our wear parts on the machine. A good example is the Väderstad V-55 disc.

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Features

Rubber suspension

The maintenance-free and practically indestructible rubber suspension absorbs impacts and collisions, which markedly increases the lifetime of discs and bearings and therefore of the entire drill. Thanks to the rubber suspension Rapid is a good choice also in stony conditions.

Sharp, serrated seed discs

The serrated discs (410 mm diameter) of special Swedish V-55 hardened steel, work aggressively in the soil. The discs cut powerfully down into the soil and provide Rapid with its ability to drill in the most variable conditions.

Unique depth control

One of the great advantages of the Rapid drill is its ingenious depth control system. Each wheel in the packer roll controls two seed coulters to a preset drilling depth, while at the same time applying careful reconsolidation. This takes place continuously, without any delay and with good contouring. The depth control system gives the seed coulters a smooth and stable passage even in stony conditions.

Large hopper with roll-top

Rapid has approx. 1 m3 hopper size per metre working width, which gives you all the hopper capacity you need. With low filling height and a big open top, the machine is easy to fill, even with modest lifting equipment. For the combi models, the hopper is divided with a fully adjustable middle wall.

Control-Station

Our user friendly Control-Station is standard on all Rapid drills. Many important functions are controlled and displayed in the Control-Station. It is easily mounted in the tractor cab.

Metering system

Gearboxes, used to control the seed rate, are step-less in their operation and can be fitted with electronic control for varying seed rate on the move. Metering of seed volumes down to 1 kg/ha can be achieved with good precision.

Half-machine shutoff

Drilling with only the left side of the drill can be achieved by a simple adjustment of the metering system. At the same time, the exact dose is maintained. This is very useful when e.g. drilling on irregularly shaped fields to avoid double drilling and crop lodging. On combi models, both fertiliser and seed metering can be shut off.

Tramline couplings

Tramline couplings are fitted as standard on all our Rapid 300-400C/S drills. Different tramlining widths can be achieved by shutting off different number of seed houses. Also the C-C distance can be adjusted. On combi machines the tramlining shuts off both seed and fertiliser. In the Control-Station you can choose between different programs depending on which interval you would like to tramline.

Offset wheels for consolidation

The packer wheels are placed in an offset position. This means that alternate wheels in the packer roll have been displaced 190 mm backwards on a separate axle. This creates a channel between alternate wheels through which soil and harvest trash can flow and pass out behind the seed drill. This prevents soil walling up in front of the wheel row, which is an advantage on very light soils. OffSet also allows drilling under much tougher conditions and gives the drill a lower draught requirement.

Scrapers

The scrapers efficiently keep the wheels clean, even under more difficult conditions.

Disc markers

Rapid has disc markers that leave a clear mark also in min till conditions. The disc angle can be adjusted.

Following harrow

The following harrow creates a loose evaporation barrier that prevents surface crusting after heavy rain.

Working angle and the pressure applied to the soil can be adjusted. This facility permits fine-tuning of the amount of cultivation achieved by the harrow, while at the same time allowing varying levels of crop residue to be dealt with.

The harrow is positioned to run in-between the seed rows, so there is no risk of disturbing shallow-drilled seeds.

System Agrilla Crossboard Heavy

The system consists of two rows of Agrilla tines in combination with a Crossboard row. System Agrilla has its rightful place on lighter soils where thorough loosening is required or on soils where the surface is hard. The tines efficiently rip loose large amounts of material for the Crossboard to break up. System Agrilla efficiently breaks capillary transport of water to the surface, levels the field after ploughing and moves fine material down into the seedbed.

Crossboard Heavy System Disc

Our most aggressive toolbar. It consists of two rows of intensively working and slicing discs (Ø 410 mm) that are slightly conical in shape. In addition, a row of Crossboard tines crushes clods and levels the soil surface. Compared to the Crossboard Light, this front tool works more efficiently in ploughed conditions.

Crossboard Light System Disc

It is our most flexible toolbar and the most popular choice. It consists of two rows of intensively working and slicing discs (Ø 410 mm) that are slightly conical in shape. In addition, a row of Crossboard tines, levels the soil surface in tough conditions. Compared to Crossboard Heavy this front tool has a better ability to let through crop residues.

Crossboard Heavy

The Crossboard Heavy toolbar makes the Rapid drill short and responsive. The turning circle on headlands is impressively small and it is easy to reverse the machine out of corners in the field.
Crossboard Heavy consists of hardened Crossboard tines with angled wearing plates to provide aggressive cultivation. Clods are crushed and the soil is levelled. The Crossboard tines do not draw up stones and is therefore suitable for stony fields.

System Disc Aggressive

It consists of two rows of intensively working and slicing discs (450 mm diameter) that are slightly conical in shape. System Disc is ideal for farms using min till where the fields are levelled. A Rapid equipped with System Disc copes very well with crop residues as all cultivation is carried out by discs.

System Disc Aggressive Crossboard Heavy

System Disc Aggressive Crossboard Heavy is our most aggressive front tool, perfect for working in tough ploughed or min till conditions. The diameter of the discs is 450 mm.

Specifications

Model RD 300S RD 300C RD 400S RD 400C
Working width (m) 3.0 3.0 4.0 4.0
Transport width (m) 3.0 3.0 4.05 4.05
Transport height (m) 2.5 2.5 3.0 3.0
Metering System Mechanical Mechanical Mechanical
Seed hopper (l) 2900 3100 4000 4200
Basic Weight (kg) 2900 3300 3400 3900
Max total weight empty (kg) 3900 4700 4600 5200
Coulter pressure min/max (kg) 90/210 100/190 80/250 90/230
Draught requirement (hp)* 90-165 90-175 120-220 130-240
Hydraulic requirements 2-3 DA 2-3 DA 2-3 DA 2-3 DA
Wheel dimensions 195/95-15 195/95-15 195/95-15 195/95-15
Row spacing seed (mm) 125 125 125 125
Row spacing fertiliser (mm) 250 250
Disc diameter 410 410 410 410
Disc diameter (SDA) 450 450 450 450
Options
Pre emergence marker Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra
Rear lights Standard fitment Standard fitment Standard fitment Standard fitment
Following harrow Standard fitment Standard fitment Standard fitment Standard fitment
Variable seed rate Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra
Variable fertiliser rate Optional extra Optional extra
Pivot packer Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra
Grass seed box Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra
Phosphorus kit Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra
Autopilot Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra
Autocheck Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra Optional extra
Half machine shutoff (single side) Standard fitment Standard fitment Standard fitment Standard fitment

* In normal conditions

Options

Drawbar attachments

Väderstad offers the following drawbar attachments: Towing eye 40 or 50 mm. Ball towing eye 41/52.5/57/72.5 mm, ball coupling 80 mm.

Pivot Packer

Before drilling, the soil is consolidated by the tractor wheels. The Pivot Packer on Rapid ensures that the same reconsolidation is exerted on areas between tractor wheels.

Pivot Packer consists of two pairs of pivoting wheels that are pulled by the tractor lower link arms. The Pivot Packers two major tasks is to consolidate the soil in-between the tractor wheels to achieve uniform condsolidation all over the machine width and reduce radius of headland turning.

Combi drilling

Placing seed and fertiliser at the same pass between every second seed row was developed in Scandinavian conditions 40 years ago. Still this method is one of the most precise, cost efficient and environmental correct ways to distribute the whole or part of the fertiliser that your crop needs for its development. The depth of the fertiliser disc is stepless adjusted, and we recommend to place the fertiliser around 2-3 cm lower than the seed.

Pre-emergence markers

The pre-emergence marker is operated automatically when using the tramline function of the drill. The discs leave a clearly visible mark for following operations and can be adjusted for position and cultivation effect.

Grass seed box

The grass seed box enables drilling of catch crops or grass seed at the same pass as the drilling of the main crop. This saves time and money.
The box holds approx. 250 litres (4 m model). Seed rate can be set steplessly. Seeds are distributed in front of the wheels and the grass seed is thinly covered by the following harrow. The seed box can also be used for mixing phosphorus with the main seed. Complete turn testing equipment is included.

Extra wheels Pivot Packer

The Pivot Packer can be fitted with two extra wheels, increasing the carrying capacity with 50%. This option is an advantage on very light soils to prevent the Pivot packer sinking too low.

Autocheck

Autocheck measures the drilling depth with two skids. The result is displayed in the Control-Station. This is a good option if you have different soil types in the same field since the drilling depth can be adjusted manually from the cab on the go.

Autopilot

Autopilot measures the drilling depth with two skids and adjusts the drilling depth automatically according to a preset value set in the Control-Station. This is a good option if you have different soil types in the same field.

Maize kit

Maize kits are used when drilling maize with Rapid. The special boxes enable you to drill double rows of maize with a variable row distance of 375 mm, 500 mm and 750 mm. Fertiliser can be applied at the same time.

Remote control on metering rate

The Control-Station can be fitted with an extra unit for remote control of the seed and/or fertiliser rates. An electrical motor adjusts the gear box. The adjustments on rate can be carried out both standing still or on the go. The driver receives clear information on the settings and the rate can be increased or decreased in programmable steps.

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