The Tulip Multivator has been a popular cultivator amongst grain farmers in Europe for decades and has emerged as a strong competitor in North America over the last five years.
The machine is designed as a stubble cultivator for tillage three to five inches (3”-5”) above the cutting wing. Unlike a normal S- or C-tine cultivator, this machine cuts all of the roots that are within the machine width to your set depth, and mixes them in with its superb mixing and mulching capability. The shape of the Multivator tine allows the machine to carry some soil with it, which is necessary to create a level seedbed. The machine has a significantly higher levelling capacity than normal S- or C-tine cultivators.
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The alternating shank protectors deflect the soil to the left and right, which improves residue mixing and decreases the machine’s draft. The discs guarantee a good mixing of the crop residues and level any inconsistencies created by the tines.
The Tulip Multivator comes standard with shear bolt tine protection and has the option of auto-reset spring protection. The machine is available with two (2) or three (3) rows of tines. In general, most three-point hitch machines are equipped with two (2) rows, due to the length and weight. Most semi-mounted and pull-type machines are equipped with three (3) rows of tines. These triple-rowed machines have one (1) extra tine every three feet but crop residue has more space to work itself through the machine.
In general the power requirement for the Multivator lies between 10 and 15HP/foot, depending on soil conditions and speed. The maximum speed for this machine is 15km/h (9mph) and is ideally around 10-12km/h (6-7.5mph).
There is a wide variety of rollers available. The double basket is recommended for spring tillage, as it provides a better crumbling effect under dry conditions. If the machine is used for fall and spring tillage, one of the many single rollers are preferred. Under wet(ter) conditions, the single rollers are less likely to build up, and easier to clean out.
The Multivator can be used in combination with a Polymat air seeder to apply fertilizer into the soil in one pass. In the fall, this combination can then be used to put in a cover crop.
If deeper (fall) tillage is required, the tine wings could be disassembled and the tine bases could be used for tillage up to 12” deep.