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Introducing the Soil-Max Gold Digger Stealth ZD Tile Drainage Plow

  • Install your own tile drainage when you want where you want
  • Reclaim non-productive acres at a fraction of the cost of buying land
  • DIY tile drainage is accurate and simple thanks to modern technology

TRAIL-BLAZERS WANTED! You can tile your land yourself, and achieve professional results. We have helped dozens of farms throughout western Canada do just that. The Soil-Max Stealth ZD tile plow is the best-selling plow in North America because it really does make tiling your own land achievable and affordable. The sooner you start the sooner you see the benefits.

Wherever you are in western Canada, we will come and setup your plow and train you in plow operation and best practices…plus provide all the support you need going forward. We’ve been tiling with and selling these plows for over 5 years. If you run into an issue we’ve probably come across it already!

The ‘Canadian’ Model – Exclusive to Northern Plains

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THE NEW ‘CANADIAN’ HD STEALTH ZD PLOW

The new Heavy Duty Stealth ZD that we developed with Soil-Max specifically for conditions in western Canada. This is the best plow for anyone looking to install their own tile drainage in Alberta, Saskatchewan, or Manitoba. Based on our experiences and feedback, the main beam of the plow was reinforced to handle extreme force, and the pitch control hydraulics were upgraded to accommodate BIG pulls in tough ground.

Features of ‘Canadian’ Plow

  • Reinforced T1 Steel Frame
  • Upgraded Hydraulics
  • Designed for BIG Tractors

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Features

The easiest-pulling plow with the most accurate tile placement control

  • Increased lifting action for less drag & easier pulling
  • Zero deflection for better grade control; tile exits directly below the pivot point
  • Plow is in float while installing; surface conditions have no effect on accuracy

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Intellislope Plow Control System

The simplest system to learn & use

  • Drive the run to survey it
  • Design the install on-screen
  • Fully-automated installation
  • Kit includes Ag Leader’s InCommand 1200 Display
  • Works with most RTK GPS

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Install your tile drainage in 3 easy steps:


1. SURVEY

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Can be done ahead of time with an ATV, or at the time of installation with the tile plow utilizing RTK GPS. Collect surveys by driving over the path where tile needs to be placed to collect the surface elevation.



2. PLAN

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Enter the desired minimum/maximum and target depths, as well as the minimum grade to drain excess water from the field. This can be done in the field or with the SMS™ Advanced Water Management Module.


3. INSTALL

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Use the plan you created to install tile using AutoTile® to adjust the depth and pitch of the plow automatically to ensure accurate placement and on-grade tiles. If you can drive a tractor you can tile!

Frequently Asked Questions

The plow will allow you to install tile in either a pattern format, or in a targeted format. Pattern tile is used where whole fields, or larger areas, need drainage and in this method, tiles are systematically placed typically every 30 – 50 feet. Targeted tile just focuses on draining problem areas, such as potholes, and usually uses a single main pipe that is plowed through the bottom of multiple potholes – similar to surface drainage, but without the ditches!

Weight and traction play a bigger part than raw horsepower – you will spin to a stop before you stall the tractor. In our experience, most western Canadian buyers are looking for either pattern tile installation in fairly heavy soils, or looking to drain depressions through ridges and therefore need to be deep in some places. Therefore, a 400+hp, 40,000lb+ 4WD or tracked machine will be required to pull the tile plow in most cases. At some point you will most likely need to hook on a second tractor too, for example if you are installing 8″ or 10″ pipe at or near maximum depth, or where traction is an issue.​ Traction tends to be more of an issue than horsepower in many cases.

The pull-type tile plow has a maximum working depth of 6.5′. ​In our experience, we try to avoid going deeper than 6′ wherever possible (by scraping-off ridges etc prior to installing, for example). Changeable tile boots are available in 4″, 6″, 8″ and 10″ sizes, giving you the ability to install 3″, 4″, 5″, 6″, 8″, and 10″ pipe. It is worth considering using multiple smaller pipes (e.g. 2 or 3 x 6″ pipes instead of an 8″ or 10″), as this will likely have a comparable material cost, and you’ll have an easier time dealing with the smaller pipes.

Many factors affect how many feet you can lay in a day. As a guide, our experience has been that about 25,000 to 35,000 feet (or 25 to 35 acres) in a day is realistic for pattern tile projects, and about 5,000 to 10,000 feet per day if we are installing 6 or 8 inch pipe to drain potholes. 

We’ve heard all the sales pitches and claims that other plows work better because there’s no down-force, or that these plows are affected by the terrain, etc. Here’s the deal: Being a pull-type plow means the plow ‘floats’ in the soil, using it’s drag to hold itself in the ground, and using it’s pitch to adjust grade and depth. This is proven to be an extremely accurate method of controlling grade, and means that external forces acting on the tractor (e.g. going over bumps) have no effect on tile placement. Provided everything is properly calibrated and setup, and an accurate RTK signal is being fed into the plow control system, there are very few situations where you shouldn’t expect placement accuracy that matches a ‘contractor’ plow (even in rocky ground, contractor plows are subject to deflections). The only situations that the plow may be unable to hold grade are when installing extremely shallow or in very loose soil (whereby there wouldn’t be enough force acting on the plow to prevent it coming up to the surface), or if you are attempting to perform an installation that exceeds the capacity of your tractor hydraulics to match the forces acting on the plow (for example trying to install 10″ tile 7 feet deep in a heavy soil with 3 or 4 tractors chained on!).

Rocks are not a friend of any tile plow, or installer. Large rocks above tile installation depth are generally not an issue (unless they are so big they stop you dead) because the tile plow will heave them out. The biggest issue is rocks at install depth because the plow will not be able to get under them to heave them upwards, but rather the plow is lifted and the installed pipe is therefore above the intended grade. In these situations, the operator either stops on top of the rock and restarts the install from this point (thus not going off-grade), or the location will need to be flagged for excavation later. Our advice to clients worried about rock hits is to pre-rip their runs before installing (this means to perform a dry-run (without tile) a little shallower than the planned install depth, and to mark the location of any rocks the plow hits for excavation prior to installation).

For tiling it is always recommended to use a mobile base station that you set up on the field you are tiling. The only time we’d endorse running on a network is if all your land is within a couple of miles of the dealer’s base station. A cellular system will mean you are likely tens of miles from the actual base station (even if you are close to a cell tower this doesn’t mean you are close to the base). We have yet to find anyone that will stand behind these systems when we ask them to guarantee they are accurate enough for tiling, however we do have several plow owners running on these systems without reported issues – but again, we do NOT endorse this practice.

If it’s a frame-mounted pitch plow then it will function exactly the same as the pull-type plow because when it’s in the ground it’s in float and there is no real down force coming from the tractor. If the frame-mounted plow is not operating as a pitch plow (i.e. is just controlling depth based on up/down), then it is possible to use the weight of the tractor to add down-force to the plow, however every time you make a depth change with this type of system there’s a risk your tile will be compromised. Remember, a pitch plow controls it’s depth and grade via adjustment of the pitch of the plow, and is independent of the tractor and surface topography – a frame-mounted plow not operating as a pitch plow will be lifted in the ground as the tractor goes over bumps.
You can, but we generally recommend you only install while driving uphill (and use the downhill leg to survey ready for your next run).

Tile drainage is one of the few approaches that’s been proven to provide long-term benefit in just about every soil type, terrain, and crop type. Typical long-term average yield increases of 25% are commonly published, and for most of our clients (that are targeting their worst areas) these numbers are over 50%. Improving land you already own for a fraction of the cost of buying more land makes sense. Installing your own tile significantly reduces the cost and makes tiling a realistic option for any land type. Maybe the question should be “Why wouldn’t you want to tile?”

You will need a grade control system, such as Intellislope, and RTK GPS in order to install tile on-grade. To spool out your tile you’ll need a stringer cart. To dig your start holes and make connections etc you’ll need a small backhoe or similar. Depending on your projects, you’ll probably also want to have several different sized tile boots, and optional upgrades such as power feeder and walking tandem axles are also popular among many of our clients.

This is a common question and point of misunderstanding. Intellislope is a computerized grade control system that requires an input from an RTK GPS receiver. You can run just about any brand of RTK, so for example if you already have John Deere RTK you would simply take one of your RTK receivers and install that on the plow, and we’d supply the required cables to power it and feed the RTK information into the Intellislope system. Intellislope is built into the Ag Leader Integra Display (when you purchase Intellislope from us you receive an Integra Display with Intellislope unlocked in the display). Whether you run Intellislope or any other method of grade control you still need to have GPS receivers that are unlocked to RTK and transmitting RTK signals.

You could, but if you want your investment in tile to perform correctly and last for many many years, then you will definitely want to use RTK grade control.

Not at the moment. iGrade is only designed for up/down grade control such as found on scrapers and ditchers, and cannot account for the pitch of the plow. Systems designed specifically for tile plows use a combination of elevation and pitch sensors to ensure tile is placed on-grade at all times. Trying to tile with iGrade would likely cause your tile to be off-grade or installed at less than required minimum grades.

Yes. We will need to know that you plan to use WM Drain so we can switch the hydraulics as the Trimble system does not utilize the proportional valve like Intellislope does. We don’t sell or support Trimble products, so please be confident your local dealer will be able to get you setup and support that hardware before making your decision.

Just about any RTK GPS will work. We’ve setup plows with John Deere Starfire, Trimble, Outback, Hemisphere, Topcon, and more. If you have a RTK system chances are we can work with it – contact us for confirmation.
No. It doesn’t need to be. The only region where plows must be certified is in Ontario (and only if being used by contractors). Because the main market for pull-type plows is self-installers it doesn’t make sense for U.S. manufacturers to go through the hassle of certification in Ontario for contractor use.
No, you can survey and design individual runs out in the field using Intellislope. However, if you have more complex projects or are installing pattern tile we strongly recommend you either use SMS or hire us (or a reputable consultant) to create your design and establish required starting depths and install parameters. Without knowing these you risk ending up with a system that doesn’t function properly. To do your own designs you’ll need SMS Advanced plus the Water Management unlock (approx US$3,000 all-in). If you’d just like to be able to view, backup, and print maps of your installed tile you only need SMS Basic (US$750).

Think you can’t afford to tile? Think again!


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Many of our customers lease their equipment through their preferred lender. Leasing tiling equipment not only offers benefits such as freeing up other credit lines, but the biggest benefit is that you can expense 100% of your lease payments and buy the equipment at the end of the lease for a fraction of it’s actual value.

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Typical Tiling Setup


If you already have RTK this would be the typical package we’d recommend. Consists of the plow, 4″ and 6″ tile boots, a stringer cart, power feeder, and the Intellislope Plow Control System.


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Typical Setup with RTK


If you don’t have RTK (and don’t plan on upgrading what you currently have to RTK), then we sell a lot of systems with the Outback A320/321 RTK system. This is the best value RTK and works exceptiptionally well for tiling.


SPENDING JUST A FEW DAYS EACH YEAR INSTALLING TILE DRAINAGE WILL PROVIDE RETURNS THAT ARE SIGNIFICANTLY GREATER THAN YOUR COSTS OF EQUIPMENT LEASING AND THE PIPE YOU’LL INSTALL

Soil-Max HD Stringer Carts

Soil-Max HD Stringer carts offer rugged durability and a smoother ride than lesser carts on the market. The disk braking system is controlled hydraulically from the switch box used to raise and lower the deck, meaning you can adjust the level of braking while stringing, and again makes for a significant improvement over other carts. 

The Soil-Max HD Cart is built to handle the rigors of rugged terrain. It has a sturdy 5,200 lb. axle on 6-lug wheels with a steel tube construction frame. A 30-foot magnetic controller and 12V DC hydraulic unit makes operating the unit simple and straightforward.

The 11′ 6″ tabletop diameter with disk brake turntable makes feeding tile similarly easy and the 12-inch diameter stringer can manage the flow of any size tile.

Choose from 3-point hitch, single axle, or tandem axle units. You also have the option to get hydraulic-only units and maxi-spools.

Both on and off the field, our 8-ply high flotation tires (12.5 –15) reduce soil compaction and make transport easy. LED brake lights, height-adjusting hitch, and legal highway transport width eliminate the transportation headache from field to shed.

Tile drainage will on your farm

Optional Additions for your Plow

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Tile Boots available in 4″ 6″ 8″ and 10″ sizes allow you to install 3″ to 10″ tiles

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Power Tile Feeder is recommended to reduce pipe stretch

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Walking Tandem Beam Kit gives smoother survey runs and wider stance