John Deere VT17 Series
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  • Simple adjustments for increased uptime
    Three adjustments to properly set up the VT17 Series Vertical Tillage Tool
    Adjust depth of tillage toolAdjust depth of tillage tool

    Depth: adjust the depth of the tool with a simple pin and clip system. Choose between 0-76 mm (0-3 in.).

    NOTE: Make sure to adjust back to transport mode when moving the unit from field to field.

    Use crank to level the tillage toolUse crank to level the tillage tool

    Fore/aft leveling: turn the crank’s handle at the front of the machine to level the front and rear of the tillage tool. Turning the crank clockwise will lower the rear and turning counterclockwise will raise the rear. To prevent ridging, Frontier™ equipment recommends readjusting the levelness when the unit is at actual working depth.

    Adjust gang angles to change aggressivenessAdjust gang angles to change aggressiveness

    Gang angle: use the included angle adjusting lever to shift the slide plate to the desired setting. The gang angles adjust from 0-12 degrees. A larger angle will cause a more aggressive cut in the soil.

  • Maintenance-free bearings increase the life of moving parts, increasing uptime
    Greaseable bearing shownGreaseable bearing shown

    Choose between sealed or greaseable bearings. Sealed bearings do not require regular maintenance, and reduce the chance for contamination, lengthening the life of the bearing. Greaseable bearings typically have a longer life, but require routine maintenance.

  • Rolling baskets and blade options enable a smooth field finish
    Two blade options for the VT17 Series Vertical Tillage Tool
    Straight fluted bladeStraight fluted blade
    Shallow concave fluted bladeShallow concave fluted blade
    1. Straight fluted blades
      1. 50.8-cm (20-in.) diameter
      2. 6-mm (0.24-in.) thickness
      3. Less aggressive cut
    2. Shallow concave fluted blades
      1. 55.9-cm (22-in.) diameter
      2. 5-mm (0.20-in.) thickness
      3. More aggressive cut

    Each blade is fluted, allowing the soil to mix and the crop to incorporate into the soil. True vertical tillage is achieved with straight blades at a 0-degree gang angle. However, depending on soil conditions, crop residue, and the grower’s desired field finish, a higher-degree gang angle or shallow concave blades may be needed.

    35.6-cm (14-in.) diameter rolling basket
    Rolling basket finishing attachmentRolling basket finishing attachment
    Down pressure adjustmentDown pressure adjustment
    • Designed to break up clods for improved levelness and uniformity of field finish
    • Down-pressure adjustment: in changing field conditions, use the double-nut adjustment on the rolling basket to produce desired field finish
  • Working widths that allow for easy road transport and increased asset utilization
    VT1710 shown with 3-m (10.5-ft) working widthVT1710 shown with 3-m (10.5-ft) working width

    Growers can choose between four working widths: 3 m, 3.7 m, 4 m, and 4.6 m (10.5 ft, 12 ft, 13 ft, and 15 ft). Vertical tillage units are known for their high horsepower requirements, causing some producers to purchase larger tractors to accommodate. The VT17 Series working widths allow the horsepower requirements to remain low, which lets growers use their current utility tractors to practice vertical tillage. These widths also allow for easy road transport in most areas.