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"Residue Aid" Deere's HZ Hoe Drill
In our opinion, Deere's HZ hoe drill is the worst drill known to man for seeding into residue. However, at the same time, we also believe it's absolutely the best drill for use in our part of the country because it's one of the few drills you can use to seed deeply in dry conditions and still achieve good germination.
  To solve plugging problems, we introduced an add-on "Residue Aid" for these drills at the recent Spokane Ag Expo in Spokane, Wash. It consists of a pair of chain-driven, 10-in. long spokes that attach to the main frame of the drill on a bearing assembly. The spokes rotate the same speed as the packer wheels and run between each of the packer wheel assemblies. They feed residue into the packer wheels so packers "step" on residue to pull it through the assemblies. There's a slip clutch assembly on the main drive cross shaft that allows the spokes to free-wheel in case they hit a rock or other obstruction.
  Spokes are made of mild steel flat bar and the axle is made from a solid #4140 alloy. One end of the axle has a head like a disk axle and the other end is threaded to accept a nut. One man can easily install the kit on five drills in one day. Installation requires drilling six holes per drill in the main frame for mounting the bearing bracket.
  The kit sells for $750 per drill. (Dave Barnes, Barnes Welding Inc., P.O. Box 614, Waterville, Wash. 98858; ph 509 745-8588)

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2