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Front-Mount Roller Flattens Tire Damaging Stubble
You can reduce tire damage with a new front-mount roller that's designed to flatten corn stalks as well as stubble from other crops, including soybeans, sunflowers, and cotton, ahead of the tractor.
T & P Machine says the 16-in. dia., 3/8-in. wall roller is available in 12 and 15-ft. widths and is built in two sections, allowing it to stay in contact with rolling terrain. Both sections can be filled with water to apply more downpressure.
"Tire damage caused by stalks is becoming more of an issue, especially on Bt corn borer resistant hybrids," says Peter Theis. "This roller works especially well when you go diagonally across the field and you can use it with a tillage tool mounted on back. The roller can also be used in the spring to firm up the seedbed ahead of the planter.
"At the recent Farm Fest show we mounted the roller on a 3-pt. hitch made by Buckeye Tractor Co. in Columbus Grove, Ohio. How-ever, any front-mount 3-pt. hitch could be used. A 12-ft. model sells for $3,120 and a 15-ft. model for $3,900. We also make pull-type rollers available in widths from 15 to 22 ft. A 19-ft. pull-type model sells for $5,875." Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, T & P Machine and Mfg., 11 West Second, Winthrop, Minn. 55396 (ph 507 647-5370).

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5