First Horsch mechanical hoe

Designed for hybrid (cross between organic and conventional) systems, the Transformer VF (VariableFrame), is the firm’s first mechanical hoe.

by Steven Vale

19 Jul 2019


Developed in-house and offered in working widths from 6.0m to 12.0m, the 115 journalists that attended the launch saw the flagship Transformer 12 in action.

One of the main features is the compact design of the main frame. The novel way the clamps securing the individual hoeing units slide grooves along the rear of the frame is also worth a mention.

This allows the working widths between the hoeing units to be quickly altered (transformed) to cover row spacings from 25cm to 90cm. Clearance below the frame in 660mm, which says the company, makes it ideal for a late season pass in maize and sugar beet.

Accuracy is taken care of by a guidance camera linked to an integrated hydraulically-operated side-shift (other steering options will come in the future), and there is individual control of the elements and section control. No tools are needed to alter the working depth.

The 6.0m and 8.0m models comprise three sections, the 9.0m and 12.0m versions five. All fold to a transport width of 3.0m. The 12.0m model is expected to be on display and on sale from Agritechnica.