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Cultivator hitched to 20 ft grain drill
"I've used this rig successfully for the past three seasons. It saves time by eliminating one trip over the field and it reduces compaction," says Richard Cross, Brewster, Minn., who teamed up an old Crustbuster field cultivator with a 20-ft. Tye grain drill.
The drill-cultivator combo lets Cross in-corporate Treflan and drill his soybeans at the same time. "I lengthened and raised the frame of the cultivator to allow the cultivator gangs to hang below the frame. The cultivator is raised and lowered by a 4-in. dia., 21-in. long hydraulic cylinder acting through four cables and six pulleys. Depth is controlled by front and rear gauge wheels.
"The drill is lifted independently by an 8 in. dia., 30-in. long hydraulic cylinder which lifts under contraction and is single-acting to allow the drill to float on its gauge wheels.
The 3-pt. hookup is equipped with a quick hitch to speed hookup.
"This cultivator-drill hookup has features not available on commercial units that were on the market at the time I built it such as independent control of the cultivator and drill allowing the cultivator shanks to be raised first at the end of the of the field so you don't dig through the already planted end rows. Trash clearance is outstanding because the cultivator has four rows of teeth. Commercial units I looked at had three closely spaced rows of Danish tines that were reported to plug very easily. I have had no trouble in cornstalks as long as they are chopped in the fall."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Richard Cross, Rt. 2, Box 26, Brewster, Minn. 56119 (ph 507 842-5662).


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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #6