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"Safety Railing" Added To No-Till Drill
"It reduces the danger of falling onto the harrow and getting hurt," says Ralph Brinkman, who made a "safety railing" for his Great Plains no-till drill to make filling seed hoppers safer.
  The Ottoville, Ohio, farmer has a pull-type 15-ft. drill and pulls a commercial two-bar tine tooth harrow behind it to incorporate seed and redistribute residue. The safety railing on back of the drill is 32 in. high and runs the full width of the drill. He used 1-in. sq. tubing to build the railing as well as the brackets that support it. The brackets are bolted to angle irons under the catwalk. Steps on one side of the catwalk fold up out of the way for transport.
  "The catwalk on my drill is quite narrow so I feel a lot safer with the railing there. I spent less than $100 to build the railing," says Brinkman. "The drill is an early 1990's model. The catwalk on the company's new drills is wider but still isn't equipped with a safety rail."
  Brinkman says he's willing to build the safety railings if there's enough interest.
  For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ralph Brinkman, 24262 County Road P, Fort Jennings, Ohio 45844 (ph 419 453-3172).

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1999 - Volume #23, Issue #5