PRACTICAL TEST: Pöttinger claims the Terria’s trump card is its versatility. We put that claim to the test, along with finding out the cultivator’s other strengths and weaknesses.

We had an early look at the Terria in the 5/2021 issue, so here’s a recap ahead of our in-depth season-long practical test. The semi-mounted cultivator is designed to work at between 5cm and 35cm deep, with hydraulic depth control as part of the base spec. The 4.0m, 5.0m and 6.0m line-up has its tines spread across either three or four rows, with a point hitting the ground every 31cm on the 4.0m and 29cm on the other two models. So, versatility is the name of the game, as it should be capable of knocking up a seedbed as well as shallow and deep primary cultivations. The roller can be used for surface consolidation or raised out of work, depending on the task at the time.

Our test machine was a Terria 4040, a 4.0m wide, four-row unit. It needs three double-acting spool valves to control the folding, work depth, running gear and the optional break back system. The pipes are all easy to identify thanks to the colour coding and the corresponding explanation on the well-designed hose rack. There’s a Cat. III or Cat. IV hitch (or, as an option, a drawbar if you want to pull from the hitch).
When in work cultivating, the pivot point is shifted to the rear, which is an advantage. Sadly, however, the drawbar on the test machine received a penalty point because it lowered by itself during the night. After that, cultivation was not as effective. The parking stand with its spring-loaded pin is a doddle to reach and operate … so good marks there.

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