1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Spiked" Log Chain Works Seed Into Roadsides
A clevis on the drawbar fitted with a pair of swivel hooks allows the chain to tumble as it rolls along. A "wheel rim weight" at the end of the chain keeps the chain tight so that its entire length stays in contact with the soil. The spikes, made from 5/8-in. dia. steel rods, are welded on at a 90 degree angle to the chain so they dig in as the chain turns.
"We use it a lot in our lawn and tree care business," says Aggert. "We sometimes drag the chain back and forth several times to work the ground up even more. The weight keeps the chain working at an angle which improves the digging action. If we have to work a long hillside we can connect two lengths of chain together to cover it all."
Don Moss, a local welder, did most of the work. He welded the crossbars to every fourth link on the chain. To attach the chain to the wheel rim he welded a short length of steel pipe through the rim hole, then welded a steel loop onto the pipe. A clevis attaches the chain to the loop.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Earth Care Lawn & Tree Co., 17484 Sangamon-Menard Co. Rd., Ashland, Ill. 62612 (ph 217 476-8270; fax 8177).
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