Amazone has updated its Cenius tine cultivator offering, making the logical step from the 3002 to the 3003. A new auto-reset system for the tines, along with quick-fit points, form just part of the redesign

When it comes to the 3.0m cultivator market in the UK it is fair to assume disc harrow sales are a lot more brisk than tines, but this hasn’t stopped Amazone further developing the Cenius. Now in its third incarnation, the 3003 continues to be offered in two variants: Super with its coil spring leg protection; and the shearbolt-protected Special that may appeal to farmers in the fens who do not have to contend with stones. Our focus here is a Cenius 3003 Super, which we tucked into a field following winter wheat.

The most noticeable difference on the Super are the sizeable springs for the auto-reset. Amazone has been using these on some of its bigger cultivators such as the larger Cenius 2TX and Ceus. Replacing the 3D tines that were on the 3002, the new design has an increased tripping force of 600daN compared with the previous 392daN. The tines can break-back and upward by about 30cm and, if that isn’t enough, there’s secondary protection from a shearbolt. The tines still have some sideways movement of 40mm to work around stones. In all there are 11 C-Mix tines clamped to the 100mm box section frame: three along the front, four in the middle and another four on the rear.

There are 740mm between each tine row, and, with the spring now positioned above, the frame clearance underneath has been increased to 800mm. The tines on our Cenius featured the C-MixClip quick-release points (see ‘Faster fresh metal’ overleaf) where each point combines with a twisted shin. If you opt for this quickfit approach, then there are three points available: 80mm, 100mm and 320mm. In addition there are also six traditional bolt-on points spanning 40-350mm widths to give a working depth range of 50-300mm.

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