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"Big Boy" Applicator
"The wheels and bearings of field cultivators are not designed to take the weight of big spray tanks. Big tanks mounted on the cultivator also block your view. My setup lets me safely carry 1,250 gal. of herbicide at a time without the hassle of saddle tanks or other add-on equipment," says Einar Oftedal, Cottonwood, Minn.
  His "Big Boy" herbicide applicator consists of a field cultivator, spray boom, and a trailing tank. The tank was designed specifically for chemical applications with an in-tank agitator. It was mounted on a heavy-duty wagon with 24-in. wide tires and a 2-ton truck axle. A portion of an old Vibrashank cultivator mounts on back of the tank with tines directly behind the wheels to break up compacted soil.
  "The trailing tank increases visibility of both the cultivator and spray boom and it doesn't affect turning radius because the cultivator is so wide," says Oftedal. "It's a much more efficient way to apply herbicides than other methods out there because it eliminates trips back to refill. I can treat up to 80 acres without stopping. And the chance of making a miscalculation is reduced by having fewer refills."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Einar Oftedal, Rt. 1, Box 153, Cottonwood, Minn. 56229 (ph 507 423-6481).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2