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Fold-Forward Kit For Deere, IH Planters
Been wishing you could fold your Deere or IH planter to narrow it up for easier transport down the road?
If so, you'll be interested in a new "do-it-yourself" fold-forward kit specially built for Deere 7000 and 800 series IH planters. It'll give you a transport width of just 16 ft. on a 12-row model, or 11 ft. 6 in. on an 8-row model. No hydraulics or special tools are required, and, once installed, you can lock the "wings" forward in less than two minutes, according to inventor Gary Kelderman, of Kelderman Manufacturing, Inc., Oskaloosa, Iowa.
Kelderman also manufactures a fold-up hinge kit for rigid toolbars. That do-it-yourself kit fits a variety of equipment, including rotary hoes, field cultivators, some makes of planters, and other equipment. It lets you hinge any rigid 5-in. or 7-in. toolbar.
Kelderman's new kit for Deere 7000 and IH 800 series planters comes with complete instructions for do-it-yourselfers and only takes several hours to install. Or, you can have Kelderman custom install it for you at his Iowa plant.
To install, you cut out a 5-in. section of the bar on either side, cutting the hex drive and hydraulic hoses as well. Hinges, which are already mounted on tubes slightly smaller than the toolbar, slide into both ends of the newly-cut bar and weld into place. A spring-loaded coupler, attached to the hex drive, engages automatically when the toolbar is swung into field position. Hydraulic hoses are simply reconnected. Locks for both field and over-the-road positions hold the wings in place.
Kelderman says the conversion doesn't affect warranty. "About 80% of the kits we've sold were shipped directly to Deere and IH dealers," he told FARM SHOW. Cost for the 12-row model that folds to 16 ft. is $1,417. The 8-row model that-folds to 11 1/2 ft. sells for $1,300 on the Deere, and $1,242 on the IH.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kelderman Mfg. Inc., Highway 92 East, P.O. Box 273, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577 (ph 800 247-8110; Iowa residents dial, 800 622-8236).

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1982 - Volume #6, Issue #1