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What are the gates made from?

Our sliding gates are made from high quality aliminium painted in slate grey (RAL 7015) whilst the swing gates are made from 3mm steel painted in jet black (RAL 9005) giving both full rust resistance and ensures a long lasting life.

What gate colours are available?

Our standard colour for the sliding gates is RAL 7015 and RAL 9005 black for the swing gates, but all gates can be painted in any standard RAL colour, this service is available for an additional charge.

Can I have cameras installed with my gates?

Yes, the cameras that we offer provide remote viewing using your mobile phone and will send a notification whenever motion is detected. These PTZ (pan, tilt & zoom) cameras are able to track and follow subjects as motion is detected making them useful for expansive spaces that cannot typically be covered by a single camera. We offer a whole range of additional security measures, if you cannot see what you are looking for please get in touch with one of our experienced team.

Can I have intercom?

Yes, Weaving Machinery offer GSM intercom systems which allows the freedom of answering calls from your gate from any telephone number including your mobile, rather than having to go to the gate. It provides an added level of convenience and security by allowing you to screen visitors before granting them entry to your property. Our intercom systems can be integrated with your electric gate for seamless functionality. The intercoms can be programmed to phone up to 2 divert numbers if the first number doesn’t answer.

Do I need to provide a SIM card?

Yes, for standard gsm controller a sim with text and data is required, for an intercom system, a text, data and voice sim card is required. Please choose the provider based on the best signal strength at the gate's location.

If there is a power outage can I still open the gate?

Yes, manual opening is possible via a key and release lever.

How often should my gate be serviced?

Service requirements depend on frequency of use. For low to medium frequency use - opening infrequently during the day - we recommend a minimum of an annual service, for high frequency use - frequent opening everyday - we recommend a service every 6 months. Weaving Machinery offer bronze, silver and gold service plans to suit every gate.

How much warranty is included with the electric gates?

Each new gate installation is sold with 1 year's warranty, and an additional year is on all FAAC automation equipment.

For the installation, what size electric cable is required?

Our gates require a 240V, 13amp power supply. The size of cable you should use for the power supply to the gate depends on several factors, including the distance between the power source and the gate and the operating voltage. Generally, it is recommended to consult with an electrician to determine the appropriate cable size for your specific setup. They will consider factors such as voltage drop, current carrying capacity, and local electrical codes to ensure safe and efficient power supply to the gate.

Can I have fencing installed with my gate?

Yes, we offer perimeter security fencing. We use pre-galvanised and powder coated wire panels preventing rust and keeping a clean aesthetic for years to come. Fitted using vandal resistant security fixings, this fencing offers an increased level of security which cannot be achieved with traditional fencing methods. Panels are moss green (RAL 6005) as standard, additional colours and styles of fencing available upon request.

Does Weaving Machinery carry out the groundworks?

Groundworks are not included in the price. We are able to offer groundworks at additional cost, please see optional specification. Our experienced gate team are also able to liaise with any other contractors related to the gate installation if needed.

Can the gates be solar operated?

Yes, typically solar panel operation is implemented where mains electricity is not practically or financially feasible. Depending on the size of gate and approximate operations it will perform in a day, a number of solar panels can be fixed to a frame with a self contained cabinet that the deep cycle batteries are stored in. These batteries are capable of storing multiple days worth of operation depending on the time of year and the weather.

What size & rate of seed will the metering unit be able to process?

All metering units on Weaving drills take a range of seed sizes - from very small flower/OSR at less than 1kg/ha, up to larger seeds such as beans at rates exceeding 400 kg/ha. (300kg/ha for our Fenix, IR & Magnum Seeder).

How do I engage the small seed setting?

Ensure the metering unit and tank are clear of seed and obstruction. Using the barrel adjustment handle, wind the barrel closed until the scale shows 0. The black plastic toggle located on the barrel shaft should be rotated 180 degrees and should clip into the recess on the shaft, facing towards the metering unit. You will now be able to wind the barrel out to your desired spacing with the small seed setting engaged.

When and how should I alter the cogs that run the metering unit?

As a rule of thumb, for any crops below 3 kg/ha, we tend to change the cogs to the slow speed ratio. This slows the metering unit down meaning we can open up the barrel and have a more consistent flow of seed delivery. This will in turn bring more precision to our calibration and overall seed application. To alter the speed ratio of the cogs, loosen the bolt holding the cog, then slide the cog closer to the metering unit until it engages with the secondary cog. Once in place tighten the bolt up and the slower speed should be engaged.

How many times do I repeat the calibration process on my electric metering unit?

When calibrating a Weaving drill, the aim is to get the error % as close to 0 as possible ensuring the correct seed rate is being applied. We are typically content with getting the percentage under 3% which is achieved by repeating the calibration process a few times. You are likely to calibrate less times to achieve the desired error % when moving between similar seed sizes and rates. An in depth video walkthrough of the calibration procedure can be found on our Service & Support page or on our Youtube channel: Weaving Machinery.

When should I adjust the seed tube on the back of Sabre legs?

Typically seed tubes of the Sabre legs will be set using the bottom hole. They are adjustable so as the leg wears from the bottom, the seed tube is able to be brought up to achieve the same seed depth using a shorter leg. In situations where small seeds are being planted such as OSR or cover crops, operators may wish to bring the seed tube up to the highest setting whilst putting the leg in deeper to provide a slight sub-soiling effect whilst maintaining a shallow seed depth.

What speed should I be drilling at with our Weaving drill?

This is dependant on a number of factors including soil condition, weather and desired finish. Typically our Sabre and GD drills run optimally within the range of 8-12kph.

How do I best maintain my seed drill?

To ensure optimal performance and longevity of your seed drill, here are some maintenance tips: 1. Cleaning: Regularly clean your seed drill after each use. Remove any debris, dirt, or plant residue that may have accumulated. Pay attention to areas like seed hoppers, tubes, and metering systems. 2. Lubrication: Proper lubrication is essential for smooth operation. Check your seed drill's manual for specific lubrication points and intervals. Apply lubricating oil or grease to bearings, chains, and movable parts as recommended. 3. Calibration: Periodically check and calibrate your seed drill to ensure accurate seed distribution. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines in your Operator's Manual for calibration procedures. This will help achieve the desired seeding rates and minimise waste. 4. Inspection: Regularly inspect your seed drill for any signs of wear, damage, or loose components. Look for worn-out parts, cracked hoses, or loose bolts. Promptly address any issues to prevent further damage. 5. Storage: If you're not using your seed drill for an extended period, store it correctly. Clean it thoroughly, lubricate as necessary, and keep it in a dry, covered area to protect against rust and other potential damage. 6. Professional servicing: Consider getting your seed drill serviced by a qualified technician on an annual basis. They can perform in-depth maintenance, inspect critical components, and make any necessary repairs or adjustments. Remember, following our manufacturer's recommendations and guidelines specific to your seed drill model is crucial for proper maintenance.

What are the benefits of direct drilling over conventional farming systems?

Direct drilling offers several benefits over conventional farming systems. Here are some of the key advantages: 1. Soil conservation: Direct drilling helps protect and preserve the soil. By leaving crop residues on the surface and minimizing soil disturbance, it reduces erosion, prevents nutrient runoff, and promotes healthier soil structure. This leads to improved soil fertility and long-term sustainability. 2. Water retention: Direct drilling helps retain moisture in the soil. By reducing soil disturbance, it minimises water evaporation and enhances water infiltration, allowing crops to access water more efficiently. This can be especially beneficial in areas prone to drought or with limited water resources. 3. Time and cost savings: Direct drilling can reduce the need for multiple field operations such as primary cultivations, which saves time and labour. It also reduces fuel consumption and machinery wear, resulting in cost savings for farmers. 4. Enhanced biodiversity: By preserving crop residues and reducing disturbance, direct drilling provides a more favorable environment for beneficial soil organisms like earthworms and microorganisms. This, in turn, promotes biodiversity and a healthier ecosystem within your soil. 6. Improved crop performance: Direct drilling can lead to improved crop yields and quality. The undisturbed soil structure allows for better root development, nutrient uptake, and water-holding capacity. It also reduces soil compaction, enhancing plant growth and overall productivity. These are just a few of the benefits associated with direct drilling. It is important to note that the suitability of this farming system may vary depending on factors like soil type, crop type, climate, and farm management practices.

How long does one set of discs/tines last on a seed drill?

The lifespan of a set of discs or tines on a seed drill can vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the discs, the type of soil, the operating conditions, and the maintenance practices. On average, a set of seed drill discs/tines can last anywhere from 800 to 8000 acres. It's important to regularly inspect the discs/tines for signs of wear and replace them when necessary to ensure optimal performance and accurate seed placement. Regular maintenance, proper cleaning, and lubrication can also help extend their lifespan.

Can direct drilling help to reduce grass weed prevalence in cereal crops?

Direct drilling can indeed help reduce grass weeds in cereal crops. By adopting this technique, you minimise soil disturbance and maintain crop residues on the surface. This creates an unfavourable environment for grass weed growth, as it struggles to emerge through the undisturbed soil and compete with the existing crop. Additionally, direct drilling promotes better soil structure, moisture retention, and nutrient availability, which can enhance the overall health and competitiveness of your cereal crops against grass weeds. Remember, it's always important to assess suitability of direct drilling on a field by field basis. Due to several factors, certain soil will not be optimised for direct drilling without prior remedial works to get the soil in a workable state.

What cultivator should I buy?

Machinery choices can be made depending on a number of consideration such as tillage system, soil type, amount of straw present after harvest and weather conditions. Extra management and patience is required when transitioning from full soil inversion to minimum cultivations and savings cannot always initially be seen due to investment in new machinery.

What can I do to relieve compaction?

Compaction issues typically occur in the top 30cm of soil which should be confirmed using a visual assessment. The aim of alleviating compaction is to create fissures throughout the soil without producing a loose soil condition that can be recompacted. This structural improvement allows soils to drain freely and allows roots to find nutrients and moisture without being impeded. For arable applications we would recommend our LD Topsoiler which works down to a depth of 9” at 400mm leg spacing. On grassland applications, our Sublift would be more suitable due to the front cutting discs and flat roller. These work down to a depth of 18” with a leg spacing of 750mm or 1000mm depending on whether its a 3 or 4 leg machine.

How can I effectively manage straw and chaff post-harvest?

Where full soil inversion is not carried out, straw management takes consideration to prevent issues such as difficulties drilling, soils staying saturated and increased slug and pest problems. Stubble rakes are usually used immediately after harvest to evenly redistribute straw and chaff left behind the combine and to create a chit prior to drilling. If residues are required to be mixed and incorporated, either our tine cultivator the Energiser or our Shortdisc would be a more suitable choice as they move more soil.

What choices of rear roller do you offer?

Currently our entire range of cultivators that feature a roller use our cast iron ‘V’ ring roller for consolidation behind the working aspect of the cultivator other than our Sublift which is equipped with a ballastable flat roller. These rings are divided into 3 segments for easy replacement without having to remove the entire roller. If you are interested in an alternative roller arrangement, please get in touch and one of our knowledgeable team members will be able to help.

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