Development and Testing of a New Tillage Apparatus

  •  Ali Hashemi    
  •  Desa Ahmad    
  •  Jamarei Othman    
  •  Shamsuddin Sulaiman    


Disk plow combined with rotary blades, defined as Comboplow, is used for soil preparation for planting. A multiple tillage operation is reduced in a single pass resulting in a potential reduction of soil compaction, labor, fuel cost and saving in time. The Comboplow was tested at University Putra Malaysia Research Park, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, on three different plots of 675 m2 in the year 2010/2011.The treatments were three types of blades [(straight (S), curved (c) and L-shaped)] and three rotary speeds (130,147 and 165 rpm). The parameters were Mean Weight Diameter Dry Basis (MWDd), Mean weight Diameter Wet Basis (MWDw), and Aggregate Instability Index (II). Result showed that an increase in the rotational speed from 130 to 165 rpm decreased the mean weight diameter (wet basis), mean weight diameter (dry basis) and instability index.

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