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Key Principles

The Sabre Tine was developed to restructure soil across the full working width; not leaving compacted ridges between the tines.

The specific tine angles and patented technology of the Sabre Tine mean that soil is effectively and permanently restructured by the creation of vertical fissures and the permanent re-arrangement of aggregates loosened at depth. Sabre Tines restructure without boiling soil and creating clod, leaving minimum disturbance to the surface.

Sabre Tines use high grade materials and wearing metal is protected with tungsten tiles or coating to the leading edge. This maintains the efficiency of the wearing metal and prolongs wear-life.

Traditional tines fitted to the left side of the line and Sabre Max seen on the right. Sabre Max works at depths 225mm to 450mm.

  • Weed seeds are not mixed throughout the soil profile by aggressive tine action
  • Minimal surface disturbance enables even consolidation following the Sabre Tine
  • Fine soil particles are kept on the surface, not dropped down to depth where they can form a compacted layer
  • Using the Sabre Tine can often reduce the need for subsequent cultivations.
  • Soil is moved across the full profile width
  • A permanent restructuring pass is created by the loosening of aggregates at depth and the creation of vertical fissures in the soil.
  • Low draft but high efficiency working above critical depth in most conditions
  • Can subsoil establishing crops

Sabre tines can be retro-fitted to most subsoiler and disc/tine cultivator machines. Sabre Ultralite has also been fitted to toolbars for several makes of drill. Retro-fit tines can be supplied as weld-on bottoms or as a complete leg assembly.

  1. Disc/Tine Culitvators
  2. Deep Sub-soiling
  3. Shallow Compaction issues
  4. Drill toolbars
  5. OSR Establishment

Some of our most popular conversions include:

Great Plains SLD, SL, DTX and Pro-lift; Sumo Trio and Drill; Cousins V-Form and Patriot; Opico Heva; Kevernland CTS; Claydon Drill, Horsch Tiger & Sprinter; Cultivating Solutions Rapid Lift Toolbar; Agrisem; Quivogne Tinemaster; Knight Press;  Farmforce; Spaldings Flatlift; Tim Howard; Taylor Gent; TWB culitvators

Ben Atkinson, J. E. Atkinson & Son, Lincolnshire

January 2014

“With no new chemistry in the armoury for blackgrass control we must look towards cultural control techniques. Failure to realise this will almost inevitably lead to resistant blackgrass problems which can be a real threat to yields and ultimately crop viability. The three main cultural control techniques are rotational choice, delayed drilling, and the use of stale seed beds in conjunction with total herbicides. My main reason for purchasing a Tillso Rake & Roll was to improve the consistency of blackgrass kills in a stale seed bed situation. The Rake & Roll spreads trash, and gives the blackgrass seeds excellent seed to soil contact which encourages a quick and even establishment of blackgrass plants. Perfect for control with pesticides such as Glyphosate. In an ideal season it is possible to get two or three flushes of blackgrass and ultimately kills through a repeated use strategy. I am also convinced that the physical action of the tines break up and destroys slug egg clusters and ultimately reduces slug populations. The roll part of the Rake & Roll not only plays a major part in encouraging blackgrass chits through consolidation of the soil in a stale seed bed situation, but it is also a very effective alternative to a Cambridge Rolls as part of a post drilling operation. The flexible nature of the rubber allows the machine to go further in damper conditions. The fast forward speed capabilities of the machine allows for a high output. “

The range was developed to deliver maximum soil restructuring with minimum surface disturbance to  different applications and conditions. All tines use the same point and shin.

Tine Spacing Working Depth Wing Assembly
Sabre Max  650-800mm  225-450mm Interchangeable Frog with Slatted Wing
Sabre lite 500-600mm 225-300mm Interchangeable Frog with Narrow Wing
Sabre Mono 580-700mm 225-400mm Single Fixing Wing
Sabre Ultralite 400-500mm 150-250mm Single Fixing Wing
Sabre Max is a full depth sub-soiling tine. The wings are formed by replaceable slats which burst the soil at five points. The twisted slat profile point loads clod and reduces draft. Sabre Max is particularly effective for heavy clay soils. The double slat wing option prolongs wear life on stony soils. The wing assembly is interchangeable with Sabre Lite. Sabre Max is often fitted to both sub-soiler machines as well as disc/tine cultivators.
Sabre Lite brings Sabre technology to shallower working conditions with narrower spacing suitable for OSR establishment or disc/tine cultivators. The wing is interchangeable with the Sabre Max by changing the bolted frog/wing assembly.
Sabre Mono is a full depth subsoiling tine particularly suitable for stony, shallow soils. It is ideal for brash/limestone soils where less aggressive restructuring is required. The single wing follows the same profile as the slatted tine but the tine spacing is closer. In terms of application this is one of our most flexible tines.
Sabre Ultralite removes shallow subsurface compaction and is particularly useful for OSR establishment. Wings are available in two lengths depending on conditions, with the longer wing providing more lift.

Ben Atkinson, J. E. Atkinson & Son, Lincolnshire

‘The Tillso Sabre range of subsoiler legs are intelligently designed and highly engineered to create a perfectly structured subsoil without unnecessarily disturbing the surface. Surely a situation we are all trying to achieve. In the past we all too easily destroyed the benefits of subsoiling with subsequent operations trying to produce a seedbed.’

Adrian Whitehead, Farm Manager Velcourt Ltd and The Haverholme Farm Partnership

‘We currently run two Great Plains SLD Solo’s. Last autumn, working freshly lifted Sugar Beet land we ran one SLD with standard Pro-lift legs and the other with the Sabre Mono tine following each other up the field in front of the drill. The tractor driver on the drill rang me to say what a huge difference there was between the quality of the seedbed behind the Sabre tine and the Pro-lift . The Pro-lift tine was “boiling out” lumps whereas the Sabre tine was leaving a very friable well structured seed bed. We operate a predominantly min-till system. The main reason for trying the Sabre tines was to prevent vertical mixing in the soil profile so that we are not bringing up fresh black-grass seeds to the surface and large clods when establishing OSR on our subsoiler based drills.’

David Templeton, Blyth Farm Services Ltd, Gainsborough Lincolnshire

‘Our main production consists of growing vegetables including carrots, parsnips & asparagus on light/sandy soils. Since owning our subsoiler with Sabre Mono tines & Diamond packer roller we have been able to completely eliminate one cultivation pass. We used to have to level our previous machine’s work prior to deep ridging & de-stoning. We find the shatter & earth move exceptional, whilst leaving an almost perfectly level surface, well pressed & moisture conserved. We are now experimenting with drilling cereals directly after the subsoiler, results look promising. The wearing parts for the Mono legs initially seemed very expensive, but experience has shown them to be more than cost effective. One final bonus is that the legs take considerably less pulling like for like than our previous machine. Quite simply the best bit of kit we’ve purchased in years.’

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