1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tractor Bean RiderSteven Towner, Sidney, Ill., built a tractor bean rider for an International "H" using a cultivator off an International "M".
"We hadn't used the 4-row cultivator on the M for years but the mounting brackets were still on the tractor. By inverting and installing the brackets on the H, the cultivator would bolt right up. So we stripped the cultivator gangs from the frame and mounted it on the H," Steven told FARM SHOW.
"Next we attached a seat to either end of the frame. The seats are swivel boat seats purchased at a local department store on sale for $9.00 each, and we bought seat belts from a local auto salvage yard. The foot rests were made from two pieces of pipe and scrap steel salvaged from the cultivator gangs. We ran a line from the pto driven pump to a manifold mounted on the main frame of the bean rider. From the manifold we ran lines out to each end of the frame and hooked them up to hand wands.
"Two riders can cover 6 rows. The only spot they can't reach is at the center of the two inside rows so we added a center row spraying drop activated manually by the operator.
Total cost for parts, including a new pto pump and a used liquid fertilizer tank and mounting brackets, was $289. If I subtract the $26 we received from a scrap metal dealer for the unused cultivator parts, the net cost for our bean rider was $263.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steven Towner, Box 306, Sidney, Ill. 61877.
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