Vertical Tillage - Viking

Versatile Viking - Vertical Tillage

Versatile tillage equipment has been proven over hundreds of thousands of acres and five decades of groundbreaking expertise have been used to develop the adaptable and rugged Versatile Viking.

Viking vertical tillage from Versatile is a true next generation machine that is designed to manage residue: it will cut/chop and size the most difficult residue in the most demanding ground and soil conditions while at the same time mixing the residue into the top 1" to 5" of soil. 0 to 12 degrees of adjustable gang angle allows the Viking to be setup to perform in a wide range of field and soil conditions – achieve the field finish you need in the spring or fall.

Model Spacing: 8 inches Spacing: 9 inches
  # of Blades Working Width * Transport Height Transport Width # of Blades Working Width * Transport Height Transport Width
290 82 28' 10" 13' 4" 17' 3" 74 28' 10" 13' 4" 17' 3"
320 90 31' 7" 14' 2" 17' 3" 82 32' 0" 14' 2" 17' 3"
345 98 34' 2" 14' 8" 17' 10" 90 35' 2" 15' 0" 17' 10"
375 106 36' 11" 16' 0" 17' 10" 98 38' 4" 16' 3" 17' 10"
* Working width measured up to the Furrow Filler Blade at 8 degrees of gang angle. 

Use a shallow angle to prepare a seedbed. Lightly tilling the soil cuts and spreads residue evenly. This mix of soil and residue promotes decay while nutrients are brought forward. The opened soil surface lets in air flow which allows excess moisture to escape as well as aiding in the warming of the seedbed to promote rapid emergence.

Use a more aggressive angle for maximum residue management. The Viking VT shows its versatility by being able to perform light primary tillage operations in a wide variety of soils, promoting the breakdown of residue and incorporating trash into the top layer of soil to reduce over-winter erosion.


SoilRazor™ VT Blades
The Versatile Viking utilizes the SoilRazer™ VT blades with sawtooth edge. This heavy-duty blade stays sharp even as it wears due to its unique fluted design. The shallow concavity sawtooth blades cut and capture even the toughest residue. The SoilRazor delivers exceptional clod crushing abilities and actually becomes more aggressive as the cutting edge wears. When working in soft soil the SoilRazor penetrates deep to warm and dry the seedbed.

Blade Spacing
The Versatile Viking is available with either 8" or 9" spacing which is unique in the industry. 8" spacing results in residue being cut / sized into smaller pieces. 9" spacing is more suitable when higher amounts of residue are present or deeper working depth is desired.

Blade Size
All blades on the Versatile Viking are an impressive 1/4" (6.5 mm) thick, surpassing the industry standard of 1/5" (5 mm).

8" Spacing Machines:
Standard- 20"
Optional - 22"

9" Spacing Machines:
Standard- 22"
Optional - 24"

SoilRazor VT Blades


Every operation has its own unique set of conditions. The Versatile Viking provides many options and can be configured to best suit your specific needs. Varied results can be achieved by working shallow versus deeper, with smaller or wider blade spacing, smaller or larger blades, and by the angle of the gang.

Adjust working depth
Adjust gang angle
Choice of Blade spacing
Choice of blade size

Adjust your working depth - from 0 to 5" (0 to 127 mm)
Shallow working depth:

  • To keep more stubble standing to trap snow and prevent air drill plugging; ideal for small grain crops.
  • Allows for a faster working speed.
  • Can fit into a no-till operation by cutting up trash with minimal soil disturbance.

Deeper working depth:

  • A deeper working depth will move more soil vertically and laterally allow a greater residue mix with the soil.
  • High-residue conditions
  • Improves ability to pull & chop up root balls

Adjust your gang angle - from 0 to 12 degrees
Shallow gang angle:

  • Ideal to warm / dry / prepare the seedbed in spring.
  • Disturbs the soil the least while leaving maximum residue on the surface.

Greater gang angle:

  • Provides maximum ground penetration.
  • Mixing soil and crop residue together.
  • Fixing residue into the soil to minimize erosion

Choice of Blade Spacing
8" Blade Spacing:

  • For areas where smaller sized reside pieces are desired (4") and deep penetration is not required.
  • Closer blade spacing means less weight per blade.

9" Blade Spacing:

  • Provides a more aggressive tillage action with more weight per blade.
  • Ideal for high residue conditions.

Choice of Blade Size
20" blades:

  • For areas where smaller sized reside pieces are desired (4") and deep penetration is not required.

22" / 24" Blades:

  • Provides a more aggressive tillage action with more weight per blade.
  • Works better with 9" blade spacing


Tandem Walking Beam Axle

Tandem Walking Beam Axle

Standard equipment on the main frame and wings, each walking beam pivots on greaseable bushings to improve weight distribution and stability when the implement is being transported and provides for uniform working depth by averaging out field variations.
Stone-Flex Bearing Hangers

Stone-Flex Bearing Hangers

Gang style Vertical Tillage encourages each blade to cut / penetrate and continue rolling through tough residue where individually mounted blades / coulters will skid or plug. Stone flex bearing hangers are perfect for absorbing shock loads at the higher working speeds of the Viking: they react to both vertical and horizontal forces. Blade penetration is not compromised.
Heavy-Duty Gang Bearings

Adjustable Gang Angle

The ability to adjust each gang from 0 to 12 degrees means that the Viking is more than just a VT, it is a Variable Rate VT. With an angle of 0-4 degrees, the Viking maintains a vertical cut in the soil, providing the benefits of vertical tillage. At 8-12 degrees, the Viking can replace light primary tillage on the farm for fall and spring field work.
T2-215 Trunnion Mounted Bearings

T2-215 Trunnion Mounted Bearings

Exclusive to Versatile the T2-215 series bearings are trunnion mounted to provide positive alignment and handle gang shaft deflection that results from shock loads. Two 215 series ball bearings are positioned back-to-back within the oversized regreaseable housing. Each 215 bearing uses eleven 11/16" (17 mm) steel ball bearings and each T2-215 bearing unit is rated at 22,800 lb radial load rating at 33-1/3 rpm. Housing design makes it simple to remove gangs by removing one bolt per bearing housing.
Finishing Attachments

Finishing Attachments

12" diameter flat bar rolling baskets are available to assist with breaking apart clods and root wads and aids in the mixing of soil and residue as well as the firming and leveling of the soil surface. Also available is the 3-bar mounted tine harrows featuring an adjustable rake angle and spring-loaded carrier arms.
Versatile Viking Vertical Tillage Transport Mode

Multiple Hydraulic Convenience Upgrades

Each Viking model can be equipped with three different hydraulic control upgrades; single point depth control, hydraulic hitch angle control, and hydraulic gang angle adjustment. Each of these features save time in the field and allow the operator to fine tune the field finish from the cab.


Hydraulic Depth Control

Hydraulic Depth Control

  • Easy to use single-point adjustment
  • Working depth adjustment range is from 0" to 5" (127 mm) in increments of 0.5" (13 mm)
  • The single-point linkage and hydraulic valve are mounted to the front of the main frame for accurate, easily accessible and repeatable depth control
  • Eliminates the need for adjusting cylinder depth stops
Hydraulic Leveling

Hydraulic Leveling

  • Self-leveling hitch with hydraulic control optional
  • Allows the operator to level the implement from front-to-rear
  • Fully adjustable from the tractor cab
  • Operator can continuously adjust over a range of 18 degrees

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