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3-Pt. Mounted Tractable Toolbar Works Great For Topping Crops
My 3-pt. mounted, hydraulically-powered, retractable toolbar works great for topping crops like tobacco or detasseling corn. It costs far less than an automatic topper and requires far less labor than hand topping. You can use it to top up to 40 acres of tobacco per day. Each topper unit is equipped with an "edger blade" and a fan that blows the leaves down so you don't cut the leaves off. The boom that the topper units are mounted on can be extended out over four rows of tobacco in 36 to 48-in. rows. Hydraulic motors on the topper units are powered by an independent hydraulic system that's driven by the tractor pto. The topper rpm's are controlled by an adjustable flow control valve. A chain is used to draw the toolbar in or out. I've used the toppers on to matoes to stunt their growth so they put more tomatoes on. Sells for about $8,000. (Larry Trowbridge, 2000 Thigpen Trail, Hartsfield, Ga. ph and fax 912 941-5031)

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2