New John Deere Chisel Plow tackles tough soils, heavy residue


John Deere has released a new Chisel Plow that aims to provide better soil-breaking and leveling performance, especially in rocky or wet field conditions. The company says the Chisel Plow is built to handle tough soils and heavy crop residue while providing operators more control of tillage depth and seedbed finish across a wide range of field conditions.

In addition to the 2430 Chisel Plow, John Deere has also rolled out the 2430C Nutrient Applicator that shares some of the same features, including the TruSet precision depth control system, radial tires and rear hitch, which differentiates them from the 2410 models they replace.

“The new 2430 Chisel Plow builds on many important features of the 2410 Chisel Plow,” says Jarred Karnei, product marketing manager for John Deer tillage equipment. “This includes the addition of John Deere’s exclusive TruSet depth and down pressure control system on base equipment and a wide choice of ground-engaging points, spacings, and attachments that allow customers to configure the implement to best fit their field-specific soil and residue conditions.”

In addition to single-point depth adjustments, the TruSet system gives operators on-the-go, in-cab shank depth control in 1/10-inch (.254 mm) increments across the entire width of the 2430 Chisel Plow and 2430C Nutrient Applicator as they work across the field. On the chisel plow, TruSet provides up to 900 psi (6205 kPa) down-pressure control of rolling baskets as soil conditions change. Operators have up to four settings that can be customized for common field conditions, or they can make setting adjustments as needed.

For both the chisel plow and nutrient applicator, TruSet provides the documentation and prescription functionality producers demand when coupled with other John Deere precision ag technologies like Generation 4 Displays and the John Deere Operations Center. The TruSet Side-to-Side option is available for individual section depth control for 3- and 5-frame models of the 2430 Chisel Plow and the 2430C Nutrient Applicator, depending on configuration.

The 2430 Chisel Plow also comes with hardened-steel, knife-edge rolling baskets to effectively handle rocky fields and internal basket scrapers that prevent baskets from plugging under wet conditions. These active-hydraulic rolling baskets provide optimal field preparation for maximum soil firming, clod breakup, and seedbed leveling. The rear hitch has been designed on both the chisel plow and nutrient applicator to enable operators to utilize additional tow-behind attachments, including anhydrous ammonia tanks.

Highly durable radial center-frame tires are now standard on base equipment and as an option on wing tires. These tires have a wider footprint and lower inflation pressure to help minimize field compaction and improve performance in the field and during transport. Castering front and Walk-Over Tandem wheels are standard on both the 2430 Chisel Plow and 2430C Applicators; single rear-wheel configurations are available on most chisel plow models.

The 2430 Chisel Plow is available in many sizes and configurations, depending on customer preference. This includes rigid frame models with 11.67 to 17.33 ft. (3.56-5.28m) working widths; drawn rigid fold models with working widths from 17.5 to 20.5 ft. (5.3-6.25m); 3-section drawn flex C-shank models with working widths from 21.83 ft. to 43 ft. (6.65-13.1m), and 5-section drawn flex C-shank models with operating widths from 44 ft. to 63 ft. (13.4-19.2m).

“Like the 2410 Chisel Plows, the new 2430 models are built using high-strength steel tubing that provides the superior structural integrity customers have come to expect from John Deere chisel plows,” Karnei adds. “These tillage tools are built to provide years of excellent residue incorporation and soil mixing essential to start the nutrient cycling for next year’s crop.”

For anhydrous applications, the 5-section 2430C Applicators come in five working widths up to 62.5 ft. (19m) and feature heavy-duty cast conventional or chisel shanks. According to Doug Felter, product marketing manager for John Deere application equipment, the individual sections can be independently adjusted to ensure more accurate fertilizer placement and proper sealing across the working width.

“We’ve replaced the AccuDepth system with TruSet as a standard feature for more precise anhydrous placement and documentation,” he explains. “From front to rear, the 2430C Nutrient Applicators are designed to operate at higher speeds, cover more acres, and more precisely and effectively deliver and seal fertilizer for the crop to use.”

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