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Fold-Forward Kit For Deere Planters
Been wishing you could fold your Deere planter to narrow it up for easier transport down the road?
If so, you'll be interested in a new "do-it-yourself" fold-forward kit specially built for Deere 7000 planters. It'll give you a transport width of just 16 ft. on a 12-row model, or 11 ft. 6 in. on an 8-row model. No hydraulics or special tools are required, and, once installed, you can lock the "wings" forward in less than a minute, according to inventor Gary Kelderman, of Kelderman Manufacturing, Inc., Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Kelderman manufactures the fold-up hinge kit for rigid toolbars which was featured in an earlier issue of FARM SHOW (Vol. 3, No. 3). That do-it-yourself kit fits a variety of equipment, including rotary hoes, field cultivators, some makes of planters, and other equipment. It lets you hinge any rigid 5-in. or 7-in. toolbar.
Kelderman's new kit for Deere 7000 planters comes with complete instructions for do-it-yourselfers and only takes several hours to install. Or, you can have Kelderman custom install it for you at his Iowa plant.
To install, you cut out a 5-in. section of the bar on either side, cutting the hex drive and hydraulic hoses as well. Hinges, which are already mounted on tubes slightly smaller than the toolbar, slide into both ends of the newly-cut bar and weld into place. A spring-loaded coupler, attached to the hex drive, engages automatically when the toolbar is swung into field position. Hydraulic hoses are simply reconnected. Locks for both field and over-the-road positions hold the wings in place.
Kelderman says the conversion doesn't affect warrantly. "About 80% of the kits we've sold were shipped directly to Deere dealers," he told FARM SHOW. Cost for the 12-row model that folds to 16 ft. is $995. The 8-row model that folds to 111/2 ft. sells for $885.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kelderman Manufacturing Inc., Highway 92 East, P.O. Box 273, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 (ph 515 673-4708).

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