Soil Builder

The Brillion Soil Builder is best described as an alternative tillage tool to the moldboard plow.  Introduced in the early 1970s, these machines and their ability for good, economical primary tillage have stood the test of time. Read More…

Why It Works

Basic straight cut coulters on a weighted gang in the front of the unit cut and size the residue. The chisel shanks, spaced on 15” centers and equipped with twisted chisel points, engage the soil and mix and blend the sized residue into an acceptable medium for preventing erosion and conserving moisture. These tools will leave the surface ridged to allow more surface to be available to the sun light for better dry down and warm up before the next planting season.

Brillion CD Models

The CD models are the original Soil Builders. A single, manually adjustable gang of coulters with 7 ½” spacing in the front of the machine starts the tillage process. Two ranks of chisel shanks are supported on a weighted frame that allow for 15” shank spacing. The shank and coulter spacing allow one coulter to lead each shank and have one coulter in between each shank for optimum soil breakout and residue flow. The CD series is available in 5 and 7 shank models. These machines fit very well with 100 to 150 HP tractors in most conditions.

Brillion HSB Models

The HSB series is the next generation of Soil Builders. Many of the proven components and features from the CD series have been incorporated into the HSB models. The coulter gangs have remained unchanged other than they are hydraulically controlled. The chisel shanks are mounted to a 3-rank frame for added residue capacity. The lift axle is controlled with a single depth stop cylinder. Walking tandems are available on the larger units. The hitch is longer to accommodate larger tractors with dual tires. The HSB models are available in 7, 9, 11, and 13 shank models. Horsepower requirements are 15 to 20 HP per shank.

Bottom Line

The bottom line on the Brillion Soil Builders is still the same…they fit the need and meet the expectations of the customer. It’s just that simple!


  • 5 to 13 Shank Rigid Frame Models Available
  • Flip-Flop Style Hitch
  • A-Frame Drawbar
  • Ratchet Jack Frame Leveling
  • Single Point Depth Control
  • 4″ x 4″ Square Tube Weighted Frame
  • 29″ Under Frame Clearance
  • Walking Tandem Axles Provide for a Smooth Ride (Model Dependent)
  • 20″ Coulter Blades Spaced at 7.5″
  • 7.5″ Solid Cast Iron Spools Provide Extra Weight to Cut Through the Toughest Residue
  • 1.5″ Square Gang Bolt Prevents Coulters from Sliding in Wet Conditions
  • Hydraulic Depth Control for Coulters (Model Dependent)
  • Dual Nested Spring Shanks Trip up to 5.5″
  • Spring Pressure/Trip Resistance is Adjustable from 550 to 825 lbs.
  • Maximum Operating Depth is 10″
  • One Piece 4″ Twisted Shovels Standard Equipment
  • Safety Warning Lights
  • Powder Coat Paint

Spec Tables

Soil Builder Models

wdt_IDProduct AttributesCDA53-1CDA73-1HSBA71-1HSBAW91-1HSBAW111-1HSBAW131-1
1Approximate Weight3,204 lbs. (1,453 kg)4,481 lbs. (2,033 kg)4,879 lbs. (2,213 kg)5,574 lbs. (2,528 kg)7,523 lbs. (3,412 kg)8,110 lbs. (3,679 kg)
2Working Width6 ft. 3 in. (1.91 m)8 ft. 9 in. (2.67 m)8 ft. 9 in. (2.67 m)11 ft. 3 in. (3.61 m)13 ft. 9 in. (4.19 m)16 ft. 3 in. (4.95 m)
3Transport Width7 ft. 1 in. (2.16 m)9 ft. 7 in. (2.92 m)9 ft. 3 in. (2.82 m)11 ft. 10 in. (3.61 m)14 ft. 4 in. (4.37 m)16 ft. 10 in. (5.13 m)
4Transport Height5 ft. 2 in. (1.58 m)5 ft. 2 in. (1.58 m)5 ft. 7 in. (1.70 m)5 ft. 7 in. (1.70 m)5 ft. 7 in. (1.70 m)5 ft. 7 in. (1.70 m)
5Overall Length16 ft. 11 in. (5.16 m)16 ft. 11 in. (5.16 m)19 ft. 3 in. (5.87 m)19 ft. 3 in. (5.87 m)19 ft. 3 in. (5.87 m)19 ft. 3 in. (5.87 m)
6Number of Coulter Blades111515192327
7Coulter Blade Diameter20 in. (508 mm)20 in. (508 mm)20 in. (508 mm)20 in. (508 mm)20 in. (508 mm)20 in. (508 mm)
8Coulter Blade Thickness7 ga.7 ga.7 ga.7 ga.7 ga.7 ga.
9Coulter Blade Spacing7.5 in. (191 mm)7.5 in. (191 mm)7.5 in. (191 mm)7.5 in. (191 mm)7.5 in. (191 mm)7.5 in. (191 mm)
10Coulter BearingsSelf-Aligning Flange TypeSelf-Aligning Flange TypeSelf-Aligning Flange TypeSelf-Aligning Flange TypeSelf-Aligning Flange TypeSelf-Aligning Flange Type


Soil Builder (CD/HCD Series) Operator’s Manual

Soil Builder (SB/HSB Series) Operator’s Manual

Soil Builder (CD/HCD Series) Repair Parts Manual

Soil Builder (SB/HSB Series) Repair Parts Manual

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Information presented here is subject to change without notice.