New Versatile air drill with new ALIVE technology
Just 18 months after entering the precision seeding and tillage market,
Versatile introduced a new air drill this summer with exciting new technology. The ML Series air drill debuted with the ML930 and ML950 models to enhance the lineup of Versatile precision seeding equipment.

Available in 3- and 5-section configurations from 40’ to 70’, the ML Series air drill features ALIVE technology: Accurate seed placement with Level, Independent openers for uncompromised Vertical Emergence of crops.

The ALIVE technology incorporates three critical features to achieve optimum seed and fertilizer placement. Independent shank technology, mechanical linkage and seed furrow selection.

Unlike traditional parallel link drills, the ML series does not rely on hydraulics to maintain a constant seeding depth, packing pressure or shank trip force. Frame height is adjustable up or down to increase or decrease packing pressure, which allows operators to pass through soft areas and over harder, knolls while maintaining consistent and precise seeding capabilities.

Versatile Director of Marketing Adam Reid, says, “Versatile entered the precision seeding and tillage market last year with products that are recognized for simplicity and efficiency. A team of engineers has been working on this new technology and we are extremely impressed with the results. The ML Series drill is able to maintain seeding depth, packing pressure and shank tip force without hydraulic cylinders on each shank, meaning that the tractor requirement, in both horsepower and hydraulic, is less than comparable existing parallel link drills. Combined with in-cab seed furrow selection, the ML Series drill is an exciting new piece of precision seeding technology.”


New rotary combine
Versatile launched a new rotary combine at Canada’s Farm Progress Show in June. The Versatile RT490 combine is the first new combine introduced in North America in more than a decade and will further compliment the Versatile line of equipment.

The threshing system on the Versatile RT490 is unique, featuring a rotating concave rotary system. A 360° concave counter rotates to the rotor for increased capacity, better productivity and reduced loss. This concave ensures that the entire thresher and separator area is utilized. A 4-stage feeder house with a unique inclined chamber replaces the traditional feeder housing with four feeding beaters, providing a considerable increase in processing stability and combine productivity by allowing a uniform layer of material to enter the rotor. The 340 bu. grain tank features standard hopper extensions that are controlled from the cab for transportation or storage.

Like all Versatile products, the new combine is powered by Cummins. The RT490 features a 490 horsepower Cummins QSX 11.9L engine that meets interim Tier 4 emissions standards.

Adam Reid, Versatile Director of Marketing, says this Class VIII combine has been thoroughly tested in a variety of crops and harvesting conditions, both in North America and around the world. “This combine has been through significant testing including more than 2000 acres in fields in Canada and the United States. Nearly every crop grown in North America has been tested including cereal crops, corn, pulse crops and rice. The productivity was excellent and the reliability of these combines was second to none.”

Reid adds that the combine is a welcome addition to the Versatile product line, sharing the hallmarks of reliability, durability and ease of service and maintenance. “The RT490 is simple and convenient to operate and maintain. The number of lubrication points and mechanical drives that need adjustment is minimized and are easily accessible.”