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Cultivator "Speed Fenders" Also Break Up Clods
"They're high-speed row protectors for cultivators that also help the cultivator do a bet-ter job of tillage," says Robert Ries about the "Speed Fenders" he introduced at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
They consist of mounting brackets that bolt directly to cultivator shanks so that standard 20 in. dia. rotary hoe wheels can be mounted to run between every shovel and the row at speeds of up to 10 mph.
The wheels not only protect rows from "cultivator blight", but break up clods coming off the shovels and level soil as well, Ries notes.
"Unlike other row shields, these units are not restricted by the height of the crop since no part of the assembly runs over the row," he notes. "They're also adaptable to strip till simply by staggering the wheels 4 in. on the shank."
A standard 5-shank cultivator costs approximately $110 per row to fit, including basic units and end units. Double brackets, for running two wheels at a time on rear most shanks of cultivator, sell for $25 apiece. Single brackets for all the other shanks sell for $20. You supply the rotary hoe wheels.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Ries, 14134 Liberty-Union Rd., Ohio City, Ohio 45874 (ph 419 965-2608; E-mail rries@bright.net).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #2