ML Series Air Drill

The ML Series of parallel linkage air drills from Versatile are the ideal independent shank machine for simplicity and accuracy. ML Series drills use exclusive ALIVE technology to create a superior seedbed.

A - ctive
L - evel
I - ndependent
V - ertical
E - mergence

Model ML930 (3 Section) ML950 (5 Section)
Size 42' (12.8 m) 52' (15.8 m) 62' (18.9 m) 70' (21.3 m)
Spacing 10" (254 mm) Spacing / 12" (305 mm) Spacing

Independent Shank Technology

Independent shank technology provides more precise seed placement in varying terrain which results in more consistent germination and emergence and improved yields. Each shank operates independently to accurately place seed and fertilizer for faster, more even germination and emergence. Each shank assembly features Versatile’s cast ‘arch- web’ design - true ‘one-to-one’ parallel linkage. The design ensures each opener maintains a constant angle relative to the soil and a constant opener depth relative to the packer wheel throughout the range of travel. The parallel linkage design allows each opener to have 10 inches (of total vertical travel. Opener to packer wheel distance has been kept to a min- imum to reduce ‘skewing’ or misalignment between the seed row(s) and packer wheel when seeding on a curve and to allow for excellent soil ow around the opener.

Mechanical Linkage

Unlike competitive units that utilize hydraulic cylinders on each shank to control packing and trip forces, the all-mechanical system increases / decreases packing force by simply lowering / lifting the drill frame. Versatile’s patent pending ALIVE control system continuously monitors and automatically adjusts the frame height to ensure the desired packing force and a consistent seed furrow profile is maintained in all soil conditions. An adjustable spring trip (350-600 lb; 159-273 kg) prevents shank or opener damage should a rock be encountered.

Seed Furrow Selection

The ALIVE Control System on Versatile ML Series Drills allows operators to select a seed furrow depth which is suitable for different types of seeds and changing soil types and moisture conditions. A scale of 1 to 10 (shallow to deep) provides for on-the-go adjustments in order to maintain precise seed placement and furrow depth according to the operator's requirements.