Ceus blends Amazone’s Catros disc harrow and Cenius tine cultivator. This type of disc/tine tool is now a familiar sight on UK arable farms, so how does the new Ceus compare with its many rivals?
In the UK, combined disc and tine primary cultivators are nothing new. Just look back through our online archive to see the number of featured farms that have run a Simba Solo, Quivogne Tinemaster, Besson Discordon, Vaddy TopDown … but the Germans generally like to keep things separate, which could explain why it’s taken Amazone so long to join the race with the Ceus.
Though it’s an injustice to over-simplify the project, Amazone engineers have, in effect, merely merged their proven Catros discs with the Cenius tines into a bigger frame. The semimounted machine is available in widths of 4.0m to 7.0m, going up in 1.0m increments. Our 4.0m test machine weighed in at 8,080kg and is attached by Cat III lower links. There are Cat IV and V options, along with hitch rings and a K80 ball, so everyone is catered for. All the hoses and electric lines are neatly stored in a holder when the implement is unhitched and it can be left in its folded position to save space. The five double-acting hydraulic couplers are colour-coded and marked with +/- symbols — excellent. The matching decal on the machine was still confusing on the tested unit; however, Amazone has already designed a new sticker.