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    A bit of land drainage

    Once harvest was over the farm has had in drainage contractors to do some of the land they purchased a couple of years ago after having been its tenant for 25+ years prior to that. I managed to get down there with the SLR camera which doesn't get as much airing as it used to in the age of the smart phone in your pocket, I took a load of pictures, heres a fair wad of them for those interested.








    Heres Agripower of Great Missenden's Mastenbroek drainer, seems ironic to be here seeing as the farm once took over a local drainage contractor who was retiring..........then 6 months later the Min of Ag unexpectedly knocked the drainage grant on the head! Apparently it was about 6 months after the grant went that Buckinghamshire farmer Roger Longdin started what is now Agripower.

    Nice dry conditions, the soil is london clay being silty-capping up at the higher end of the field but more sandy down at the lower 1/2-1/3 where they are in the photos












    The drainer is powered by a V8 Deutz air-cooled engine. When it ticking over it has the familiar rattle that comes from the lorry type gearbox used to drive the trenching chain- I remember that from the smaller Mastenbroek we briefly owned- it had a smaller Ford 6cylinder Dorset engine.










    Heres the stone cart back after reloading. Our lot at the time only had MF2640's with trailed salmon stone carts but they did have a blade mounted up front. Things have changed a lot in nearly 30 years!
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    Re: A bit of land drainage

    Proper multi-tasking when trenching, laying drain, stoneing and backfilling in one operation!














    The stone carts conveyor belt can be pushed by a ram out further at the front and the stone hopper tips so it can ferry stone to where it will be needed when conditions are the opposite of these



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    Re: A bit of land drainage

    Notice the stone cart has had its track pads ends bent upwards so that when turning they tend to reduce soil being "planed" up by the normally square ends of the grouse plates.








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    Re: A bit of land drainage

    Off they go towards the far hedge, nice straight lines













    Here thay have arrived at their ranging rods, like a dance routine they stop at the first rod, John the drainer driver leans out of his cab window and cuts off the drain pipe, removes the rod and continues trenching up untill the front of the machine is right in the hedge, lift out the trenching chain, reverse slightly and skew over a bit so his mate on the stonecart can stone the rest of the trench, then they both back out












    Now its off to the next run. Note the drainer is being tracked "backwards"- this is because it will reduce tooth and chain wear on the tracks as its actualy the correct direction for the tracks to go- idlers first



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    Re: A bit of land drainage

    Looks like some operation there. You would need to be doing a fair few drains in a year to justify a setup like that
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    Re: A bit of land drainage

    Why is it being trenched in rather than being ploughed in ?

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    Re: A bit of land drainage

    Quote Originally Posted by Quattromike View Post
    Looks like some operation there. You would need to be doing a fair few drains in a year to justify a setup like that

    I think this side of the business is eclipsed by their "younger" sports pitch construction side http://www.agripower.co.uk/ but I expect there are times when kit from both sides of the business overlap on some jobs?
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