We've come to the point where we feel we need to make some serious investments in putting precision drainage into our land, we're looking into tile drainage and will likely start dabbling with it over the next few years... however, in the meantime we're wanting to do proper surface drainage by gps. We're looking into splitting a ditching set-up with our neighbor who already has a Trimble FM1000 screen and runs RTK signal. The last few years have been so wet no one's been able to make any cuts with normal scrapers which turned us to looking at rotary ditchers. 2 in particular, Dynamic Ditcher's Wolverine and Artel Farm's T-Rex... both are built within 20 minutes of us and both appear to be made to handle the wet falls we need to be able to ditch in. Between the 2 we like the looks of the T-Rex more as it's a simpler design and their promo videos show it ditching through fields where a wheeled tractor couldn't even drive. My question is if any of you guys have first hand experience with either of the machines, the T-Rex in particular? What's maintenance like on these things? Are there other machines out there capable of ditching through nasty wet falls you'd recommend?
Also, what is all required for setting up a Trimble GPS drainage system? We'd have the FM1000 screen with RTK signal, so from my understanding all we would need is the ditching software installed and an RTK receiver on the ditcher?
"Though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vine. Though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren. Though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns lie empty. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God of my salvation." Habakkuk 3:17-18