Lincs-based Opico is the new UK distributor of Ovlac ploughs and Alpego power harrows, drills, rotary cultivators and flail toppers.

Spanish manufacturer Ovlac has been building ploughs for over 75 years. Alongside a full offering of conventional and reversible mounted and semi-mounted ploughs from three to nine furrows, the company also makes the Mini shallow plough range.

Ovlac Mini shallow plough.

Working at depths from 8.0 to 20cm, the Mini is described as simple and lightweight. Reducing share depth to less than 15cm can halve power requirement, enabling smaller tractors to cover wider working widths (a 13-body plough spans 5.0m in one pass), with the added advantage of working on-land to avoid furrow bottom compaction.

Best known for its power-harrows and drills, the Alpego line-up includes flail toppers, multi-purpose seed/fertiliser hoppers and rotovators. The Italian manufacturer is known for its innovative design approach. One example is the de-mountable seed drills for tractors with a rear load deck – the hopper and metering unit carried up over the tractor’s rear wheels to maximise traction and optimise weight distribution.

Alpego AS-MAX 600 front hopper combined with foldable power harrow 600.

This inventive approach to engineering is also seen on Alpego rotary cultivators. Rather than employing a conventional chain or gear drive at one end of the rotor, Alpego works with a gear-drive to the centre of the shaft. Benefits of this include an even load distribution and the overall width is equivalent to the working width with no over-hanging driveline.

Alpego DMAX 800 foldable power harrow.

Opico says that the takeover of the distribution of Ovlac and Alpego equipment in the UK will mean improved technical and spare parts back-up as well as additional marketing support for the existing dealer network for both brands.

At the Cereals event in June the company will have standard and shallow Ovlac ploughs on display as well as a full line-up of Alpego equipment. A selection of products from both manufacturers will also be on display at the Royal Highland and Royal Welsh shows and other regional events.

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