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Bourgault 3420 ParaLink Hoe Drill

3420 Paralink Hoe Drill™Bourgault Main

 

Big Productivity, Small Transport Envelope


The 3420 PHD, with TransFold Technology, delivers impressive transport dimensions.

The 3420 PHD™ employs proven ParaLink Hoe Drill™ technology with the advanced design of the revolutionary TransFold™ System.
  • 80' or 100' working widths
  • ParaLink Quick Depth Adjust™ (QDA™) or ParaLink Xtreme™ (PLX™) configurations
  • transport dimensions of 18'3" wide by 16½' height

 

Achieve Big Productivity


Big productivity, without compromise.

Seeding at a condition-appropriate speed eliminates the risk of soil throw onto adjacent rows that can cause poor seed placement and result in uneven emergence.


3420 Paralink Hoe Drill seeding in wide field without pushing seeding speed

The 3420 PHD™ allows you to increase productivity without pushing your seeding speed:

  • achieve over 50 ac/hr at a seeding speed of 4.5 mph with the 100' 3420 PHD™; and,
  • realize over 40 ac/hr at the same 4.5 mph with the 80' 3420 PHD™.

Choose the configuration that suits your operation.
Both 3420 PHD™ sizes are available:

  • in ParaLink Quick Depth Adjust™ (PHD™ openers) or ParaLink Xtreme™ (PLX™ openers) configurations;
  • on 10", 12" or 15" seed row spacing;
  • with, or without Mid Row Bander® Fertilizer Applicators.
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Big Concept with Deep Roots


Make big acres each day with the 3420 PHD™ Seeding System.

Bourgault has invested thousands of hours and acres into the design, testing and operation of the 3420 ParaLink Hoe Drill™. Our Designers, Operators and Co-operators put the 3420 PHD™ through most every scenario so that the final product was ready to work.


Terry Friggstad with a model of his concept unit.

The 3420 Story

Terry Friggstad approached Bourgault with a revolutionary concept for an extremely large drill that could fold up into a transportable configuration. It did not take long for the Bourgault Design Team to recognize the value in his approach!

  • Starting in 2011, the Bourgault Design Team developed the 3420 PHD™ working design drawings which led to the construction of a full scale prototype. Terry continued consulting with the Design Team throughout the development and testing of the prototype.
  • The 3420 was tested extensively from the spring to the fall of 2013, uncovering hidden issues that can only be proven out by field testing. In addition to fold and bounce testing, this and subsequent prototypes seeded thousands of acres by Bourgault Design Staff and Co-operators.
  • Bourgault Designers and Fabricators continued through 2014 and spring 2015, rigorously testing and closely monitoring not only the unit's ability to fold into and out of transport, but also for its seeding consistency and frame resilience.
  • The 3420 ParaLink Hoe Drill™ was unveiled at the Farm Progress Show in Regina on June 17th, 2015 for the 2016 model year.
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The TransFold™ System


See How it Works

Controlled by the Operator via the X35 Apollo System, the unique TransFold™ design provides an incredibly narrow transport width for easy maneuverability when traversing challenging roadways and turning tight corners making transporting a unit of this size stress-free.

Watch the TransFold™ engineering unfold in the following video.


3420 PHD with narrow transport width provides stress-free transportation when turning on tight corners

Increased Road Safety & Reduced Operator Stress While in Transport

  • Road safety on the 3420 PHD™ is further increased with the generous number of in-transport wheels positioned under the unit (14 for the 100' 3420 and 10 for the 80' 3420 PHD™).  These wheels evenly distribute the load across the 3420 PHD™ reducing the chance of "losing it" on a soft shoulder.

The 3420 has a transport height of 16'6" so farmers will not be in danger of overhead obstacles

  • The back four sets of 3420 PHD™ transport wheels can be steered by the Operator via the X35 Apollo System to successfully navigate the drill and cart around intersections and through approaches.
  • In addition, the transport height is only 16'6", so Producers will typically not be in danger of contacting overhead obstacles such as power lines.
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Forgiving Over Uneven Ground


In-frame running gear reduces contour depth.

Despite its incredible width, the 3420 PHD™ follows dips and draws with ease.


3420 Paralink Hoe Drill seeding in uneven ground

Certain design features of the 3420 PHD™ running gear:

  • the rear walking wheels are positioned between the second and third rows, shortening the effective contour depth of the drill;
  • while the mainframe of a traditional drill is solid, the 3420 PHD™ incorporates a hinge at its center providing an additional flex point;
  • the two center frames are supported by large walking axle running gear, along with the TreadLite™ tires, which help distribute the load and maintain contour-ability.
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TreadLite™ Spreads the Load


Maximize flotation with the TreadLite System.

Flotation is maximized with the TreadLite™ System, which contours independently of the rest of the frame, providing a consistent down pressure. The system is composed of two independent rear wheels that fold down in field position (a set down pressure is set at the factory based on the drill's configuration).

  • An optimal load balance is achieved between the front, in-frame and TreadLite™ wheels.

100 foot 3420 with six large caster wheels in front for challenging conditions

  • The 3420 PHD™ employs twenty-two wheels on the 100' and sixteen wheels on the 80' when seeding, to carry the the drill through challenging conditions.
  • The six large caster wheels across the front of the drill ensure this immense unit keeps from "diving in" even in challenging conditions.
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THE PHD™ OPENER ASSEMBLY


PHD seed opener with 2:1 contour ratio provides versatility in a wide range of seeding conditions

The 2:1 contour ratio of the PHD™ Opener Assembly is designed to deliver good contouring characteristics, excellent penetration and consistent results in a wide range of seeding conditions.


The 2:1 Contour Ratio

The 2:1 contour ratio of the PHD™ Opener Assembly is designed to deliver good contouring characteristics, excellent penetration and consistent results in a wide range of seeding conditions.
 
Another benefit of the 2:1 contour ratio is the dampening effect of a rough soil surface on the packer wheel. For every inch that the packer wheel moves, the opener will move ½", resulting in consistent seed placement even with challenging residue, or seeding against old furrows.

PHD bottom arm is continuous from the packer wheel to the drill frame

The bottom arm of the PHD™ Opener is a solid linkage from the packer wheel to the drill frame.


The seed shank of the PHD opener travels half the vertical distance of the packer wheel

If the packer/gauge wheel moves, the seed shank travels half the vertical distance in the same direction.


The seed shank of the PHD opener travels half the vertical distance of the drill frame

If the drill frame changes vertical position in relation to the packer/gauge wheel, the seed shank travels half the vertical distance in the same direction.

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THE PLX™ OPENER


PLX Opener

Close Contouring for Precise Placement

The PLX™ Opener provides a 1:1 contour ratio, the choice of Producers challenged with variable field topography. Essentially a rebranding of the XTC™ Opener, the PLX™ provides the same opener characteristics as it did with the 3320 ParaLink Hoe Drill™ Series.

Note: Available on the 3330SE & 3335QDA ParaLink Hoe Drills™ and the HD Frame Mounted Seeder™.


PLX soil profile

 

The precise 1:1 contour ratio means that for every inch that the packer wheel moves vertically, the seed opener moves the same distance of 1 inch. This, along with the closer positioning of the seed opener to the packer wheel, maintains the set seeding depth more closely over hills and through runs.

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Packer & Opener Options


The Bourgault PHD™ allows you to choose the opener and packer wheel combination that will work best for your conditions

It's All About Choice

The Bourgault PHD™ seed drills allow you to choose the opener and packer wheel combination that works best for your conditions and farming techniques.


Bourgault PHD opener selection

Opener Selection

The ParaLink™ Seed Opener maintains a consistent presentation of the seed opener tip to soil flow, regardless of its position. This feature allows you to select the seed opener tip that works best for your conditions and farming techniques.


Bourgault PHD Packer Options

Packer Options

  • The 4.5" V-Style Semi-Pneumatic Packer provides a more aggressive, narrow profile with excellent mud-shedding characteristics and is commonly used with narrow openers (¾" to 2").
  • The 5" VU-Style Semi-Pneumatic Packer provides a more rounded v-style profile with good mud-shedding characteristics and less prone to over-packing (¾" to 2").
  • The 4.5" U-Style Semi-Pneumatic Packer provides a wide, rounded packing profile and is typically matched with a ¾" to 2" wide opener.
  • The 5.4" U-Style Semi-Pneumatic Packer provides a wide, rounded packing profile and is typically matched with a 2" to 3" wide opener.

Note: Over the years, Bourgault has transitioned to offering only semi-pneumatic packers as they are immune to punctures/flat tires.

   
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Drill Control


Automatic lifting and lowering of the openers at the field headlands

PackMaster™ & LiftMaster™

Two Drill Control features that improve both efficiency and field finish are the PackMaster™ option and the LiftMaster™ feature:

  • The PackMaster™ option allows the Operator to automatically adjust packing pressure as soil conditions change, providing more uniform results and even germination.
  • LiftMaster™ is a standard feature that allows the Operator to set the drill to automatically lift the openers at the field headlands.

Drill Control features are supported by the X35 Apollo System.


LiftMaster provides automatic lifting and lowering of the openers.

 

LiftMaster™ Feature

Simplify with LiftMaster™; LiftMaster™ provides automatic lifting and lowering of the openers at the field headlands, eliminating this tedious task.

LiftMaster™ is standard on:

  • 3330SE™, 3335QDA™ and 3420 ParaLink Hoe Drills™; and,
  • 3720 and 3820 ParaLink Coulter Drills™.

Drill Control adds critical control to various drill operations.

LiftMaster™ is optional on:

  • HD and CD Frame Mounted Seeders™.

All units must be paired with an air cart equipped with the X35 Apollo System.

Retrofit kits are available for previous Bourgault ParaLink™ hoe and coulter drills mated to an air cart equipped with the X35 or X30 Apollo Systems, 2015 model year or newer.


PackMaster will help Operators achieve uniform packing.

PackMaster™ Option

The PackMaster™ option achieves a uniform packing force across variable fields without manual adjustment.

PackMaster™ senses changes in the force required to maintain the seed opener in the ground and automatically adjusts the hydraulic pressure to the individual opener cylinders to maintain the packing pressure set by the Operator at the beginning of the field.

Models Available with PackMaster™:

  • 3330SE PHDs™
  • 3335QDA PHDs™
  • 3420 PHDs™
  • 3720 PCDs™

How PackMaster works

How It Works

One packer wheel spindle is equipped with a load cell that measures the actual packing force exerted on the ground by that packer tire:

  1. as the draft force increases;
  2. more force is required to keep the opener in the ground, reducing the force being applied by the packer wheel;
  3. this reduction is detected by the load cell, which sends a signal to the X35 Apollo System;
  4. the X35 Apollo System instructs the hydraulic system to increase the pressure;
  5. the increase in pressure increases the downforce at the hydraulic cylinder to restore the desired packing pressure.

The Operator must first calibrate the system and then set the desired packing force before seeding starts. 

If you encounter a wet patch of soil while seeding, the system provides an "Emergency Float" option that allows you to turn off the down pressure, allowing you to "float" through the trouble spot without getting stuck!


Bourgault Model 500 Control Box

Manual Opener Control

If the X35 is not selected, the Model 500 Control Box provides precise control so you can make manual adjustments as field conditions change during operation.
  • PHD™ Openers - changes to the hydraulic pressure adjusts the downforce on the hoe opener/packer assembly.
  • PCD™ Openers - changes to the hydraulic pressure adjusts the downforce on the cleaner/packer wheel assembly.

The Bourgault ParaLink Coulter Drill provides valuable feature of quick and precise control of penetration and packing force

Opener Pressure Adjustment

Along with opener up/down control, the Model 500 provides downforce adjustment on the opener assemblies.

  • Each increment of the up/down button provides a change of 50 psi of hydraulic pressure.
  • A gauge on the hydraulic block allows you to verify the hydraulic pressure being displayed on the control box.

Note: The 500 Control Box is not available with the 3420 TransFold™ PHD™.

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MRB® Fertilizer Application System


Series III Mid Row Bander® Fertilizer Applicators achieve the best possible returns by placing your nitrogen fertilizer in the optimal location when one-pass seeding.

Series III Mid Row Banders® Fertilizer Applicators achieve the best possible returns by placing your nitrogen fertilizer in the optimal location when one-pass seeding.

Applicators are available in two formats:

  • Mid Row Bander® Fertilizer Applicators;
  • Mid Row Shank™ Fertilizer Applicators.
Availability varies on drill types and sizes.

 

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Additional Resources


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Visit the Bourgault Electronic Documentation System for parts and operational documentation.

 

 

Specifications


3420 Specifications

 

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