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Highly Adaptable to Specific Field Conditions

Today’s crop operations need a versatile plow to meet their conditions. Vari-Master plow Series operators have highly adaptable machines with heavy-duty components, a variety of options to choose from to suit their farming environment and can easily make adjustments from the cab.

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The KUHN Vari-Master plow series meets the demands of today’s row-crop and specialty farms. You won’t have to stop plowing with the non-stop hydraulic auto-reset system, which provides complete and continuous protection of the plow leg. Vari-Master plows are highly adaptable to specific field conditions. The quick set up into work/transport positions, easy adjustments and variable working widths help you cover more acres in less time.
Vari-Master 183 Plow in action

Your benefits

Heavy-Duty Components to Ensure a Long Machine Life

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Triplex Steel

Moldboards are made of unequal layer, heat-treated Triplex steel that have an increased working life up to 40% over standard steel and a hard wearing surface over 1/8” thick.

Main Beam

The main beam is supported by a side-mounted, triangular reinforcement welded along the length of the front section. This strengthens the beam in this high-stress area and gives substantial advantages when compared to a conventional plow design.
Main beam

One-Piece Main Link

Designed for strength and long life, the main link is assembled with either bronze or steel bushings, depending on the model of plow.
One piece main link

A Variety of Options to Meet Your Operation’s Needs

Options photos: H4, N and VP Moldboard.

Multiple Moldboard Options

  1. H4 Moldboard: The H4, helicoidal, Scandinavian-type moldboard provides well-formed plowing to a normal depth range of 7-12”. The share is fitted with a reversible/replaceable point that greatly increases the life of the share. Recommended for fall plowing, the H4 moldboard is especially suited for heavy and damp clays. Furrow passes are well defined and trash burial is excellent.
  2. N Moldboard: The helico-cylindrical N moldboard plows to a depth of 14”. Designed to be highly versatile, it is cylindrical at front, helicoidal at rear. A low draft ensures a partly broken furrow with excellent trash burial. Recommended for spring plowing, this moldboard is versatile and works well in sandy or clay soils.
  3. VP Slatted Moldboard: The VP slatted moldboard composed of independent and interchangeable slats. Reduces pulling power, due to a lower moldboard surface area. Designed for use in extremely sticky muck and clay soils. Not for use in sand or loam soils or in soils with rocks or stones. The multiple slats allow individual replacement from wear.

Moldboard Point Options

  1. Olympic®: Reversible for maximum efficiency. More pronounced shape at wearing zones on the point for longer life and better protection of the landside. Point is self-sharpening for good ground penetration at all times.
  2. Marathon®: Reversible for maximum efficiency and features a step resulting in better landside protection.
  3. Super Marathon®: Fitted with a tungsten carbide tip. High wear resistance with four to five times the life of a traditional share point. A sharp working edge is maintained for excellent ground penetration. Excellent for highly abrasive soils without rocks or stones.
Spare parts photos

Plow Leg Protection

  1. Traction Bolt. A clean break of the traction bolt, following a force of 5,280 – 8,820 pounds at the plow point, avoids the risk of nuisance shearing.
    • The bolt runs with the line of force and is pulled apart – unlike shear bolts which are cut
    • The bolt support never deforms or becomes rounded
    • Once the bolt breaks, it simply falls away for quick and easy replacement
    • After years of use the plow bottoms remain perfectly inline
  2. Non-Stop Hydraulic (NSH) Reset. When a field obstacle is met, a rapid breakaway of the plow leg occurs. Once the obstacle is passes there is an increase in pressure, bringing the bottom quickly and firmly back into working position. The system also acts as a shock absorber in rocky ground, increasing plow life.
  3. Heavy-Duty Plow Leg Articulation and Tie Rod. All force is transmitted in a straight line through a one-piece forged and heat treated tie rod.
1. Traction Bolt - 2. Non-Stop Hydraulic (NSH) Reset - 3. Heavy-Duty Plow Leg Articulation and Tie Rod

Easily Make Adjustments

Independent skimmer - photo.

Easy to Adjust Skimmers

Each skimmer is totally independent left from right and is firmly held in a sheath-like support. The skimmers are shear bolt protected and are adjustable in three directions:
  1. Forwards and backwards – with a choice of three positions, the sheath bolts to the leg support via countersunk holes to avoid any risk of free play.
  2. Up and down – rapid and precise height adjustment (7 ½” of adjustment) also with countersunk holes in the skimmer leg for easy locking of the leg at the desired height.
  3. Side to side – for correct adjustment in relation to disc coulter (where fitted).

Front Furrow Width/Angling Adjustment

The front furrow width is adjusted to its optimum setting according to the tractor linkages and ground conditions. Because of the parallelogram of the two linkages, any adjustment in front furrow width automatically adjusts the angling of the plow, allowing the tractor to always pull in perfect line. Adjustments are quickly carried out by simply adjusting the turnbuckle or by activating the hydraulic cylinder.
Front Furrow Width Angling

Equipment

Vari-Master 153 Plow in action

Specifications

SPECIFICATIONS
 
Number of bottoms per side
Extendable by one bottom
Standard moldboards
Hydraulic rollover with 1 cylinder
Maximum tractor power
Approximate machine weight for T version
Approximate machine weight for NSH version
Cutting width
Working width
Underbeam clearance
Point to point clearance
Offset and angling adjustment
Hitch
Swift hitch system with cross shaft
Suspension headstock
Main beam dimension
Hydraulic beam folding
Required tractor hydraulic connections
Adjustable depth wheel with tire
Transport wheel
Hydraulically adjustable working width
Vari-Master 123 3E Vari-Master 123 4E Vari-Master 123 5(4E+1) Vari-Master 153 3E Vari-Master 153 4E Vari-Master 153 5(4E+1) Vari-Master 183 5E Vari-Master 183 6E(5E+1) Vari-Master 183 7(5E+1+1)
3 4 5 3 4 5 5 6 7
Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal H4 long helicoidal
Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard Standard
105 hp (78 kW) 140 hp (104 kW) 175 hp (129 kW) 135 hp (101 kW) 180 hp (132 kW) 225 hp (166 kW) 275 hp (202 kW) 330 hp (246 kW) 385 hp (287 kW)
2,249 lbs (1,020 kg) 2,987 lbs (1,355 kg) 3,505 lbs (1,590 kg) 2,723 lbs (1,235 kg) 3,395 lbs (1,540 kg) 4,001 lbs (1,815 kg) 4,828 lbs (2,190 kg) 5,335 lbs (2,420 kg) 5,842 lbs (2,650 kg)
2,755 lbs (1,250 kg) 3,494 lbs (1,585 kg) 4,144 lbs (1,880 kg) 2,623 lbs (1,190 kg) 3,671 lbs (1,665 kg) 4,288 lbs (1,945 kg) 5,027 lbs (2,280 kg) 5,644 lbs (2,560 kg) 6,261 lbs (2,840 kg)
12" - 18" (30 - 45 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12" - 18" (30 - 45 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12" - 18" (30 - 45 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12'' - 19'' (30 - 48 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12'' - 19'' (30 - 48 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12'' - 19'' (30 - 48 cm) hydraulically adjustable
12" - 18" (30 - 45 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12" - 18" (30 - 45 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12" - 18" (30 - 45 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12" - 20" (30 - 50 cm) 12" - 20" (30 - 50 cm) 12" - 20" (30 - 50 cm) 12'' - 19'' (30 - 48 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12'' - 19'' (30 - 48 cm) hydraulically adjustable 12'' - 19'' (30 - 48 cm) hydraulically adjustable
29.5" (75 cm) 29.5" (75 cm) 29.5" (75 cm) 31.5'' (80 cm) 31.5'' (80 cm) 31.5'' (80 cm) 31.5'' (80 cm) 31.5'' (80 cm) 31.5'' (80 cm)
35" (90 cm) 35" (90 cm) 35" (90 cm) 40'' (102 cm) 40'' (102 cm) 40'' (102 cm) 38'' (96 cm) 38'' (96 cm) 38'' (96 cm)
Turnbuckle or optional hydraulic cylinder Turnbuckle or optional hydraulic cylinder Turnbuckle or optional hydraulic cylinder Turnbuckle or optional hydraulic cylinder Turnbuckle or optional hydraulic cylinder Turnbuckle or optional hydraulic cylinder Standard combined hydraulic offset and angling adjustment Standard combined hydraulic offset and angling adjustment Standard combined hydraulic offset and angling adjustment
Cat. 2 swift hitch system Cat. 2 swift hitch system Cat. 2 swift hitch system Cat. 2 with cross-shaft Cat. 2 with cross-shaft Cat. 2 with cross-shaft Cat. 3 cross shaft with swift hitch system Cat. 3 cross shaft with swift hitch system Cat. 3 cross shaft with swift hitch system
Cat. 2 with cross-shaft Cat. 2 with cross-shaft Cat. 2 with cross-shaft Cat. 3 with cross-shaft Cat. 3 with cross-shaft Cat. 3 with cross-shaft
Standard Standard Standard
4.7" x 4.7" (120 x 120 mm) 4.7" x 4.7" (120 x 120 mm) 4.7" x 4.7" (120 x 120 mm) 5.9" x 5.9" (150 x 150 mm) 5.9" x 5.9" (150 x 150 mm) 5.9" x 5.9" (150 x 150 mm) 7.1" x 7.1" (180 x 180 mm) 7.1" x 7.1" (180 x 180 mm) 7.1" x 7.1" (180 x 180 mm)
Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder Standard with memory cylinder
2 DA for rollover and width adjustment 2 DA for rollover and width adjustment 2 DA for rollover and width adjustment Standard Standard Standard
600 x 210 mm standard 600 x 210 mm standard 600 x 210 mm standard 690 x 320 mm standard 690 x 320 mm standard 690 x 320 mm standard 690 x 320 mm standard 690 x 320 mm standard 690 x 320 mm standard
- Optional Optional
2 DA for rollover and working width adjustment 2 DA for rollover and working width adjustment 2 DA for rollover and working width adjustment 3 DA for rollover, working width, and angling/offset 3 DA for rollover, working width, and angling/offset 3 DA for rollover, working width, and angling/offset

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Customer Spotlight: Vari-Master 123/153/183

  • EricSchreur_VariMaster KUHN
    Eric Schreur Farmer

    “The automatic resets work well. It (KUHN Vari-Master 153 Plow) does a good job in various soils – even our old river bottom ground. It’s very nice. It’s easy to work with and it’s very well built.”

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