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Home-Built 28-Ft. Folding Rotary Hoe
David Buss used 2 rotary hoes and a grain drill frame to build one big 28-ft. folding rotary hoe that he uses on 400 acres of narrow row soybeans at least once a season.
The Clayton, Ill., farmer started with a retired 20-ft. Crust Buster drill with 6 1/2-ft. folding wings. He removed the seed boxes and disc openers and simply ex-tended each wing 4 ft. using sq. tubing for an overall unfolded width of 28 ft.
He mounted two pivoting strap iron brackets to hook the 4-row, 14-ft. International rotary hoe sections up to the toolbar on the frame of the drill. For transport, the gang sections are lifted by arch-type hangers that extend back over the hoe sections. Lengths of chain hook to the top of each gang.
He makes the hoe more aggressive by adding 100-lb. International suitcase weights to each section.
He pulls the hoe with an International 856 100 hp tractor, about the minimum hp requirement for a hoe its size, Buss says.
Out-of-pocket expense was about $300.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David Buss, R.R. 2, Box 27, Clayton, Ill. 62324 (ph 217 894-6417 or 7070).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #5