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"Side Slide" Marker For Field Culitvators, Air Seeders
Concerns about overlapping passes with seed, fertilizer, or chemicals when pulling air seeders and field cultivators prompted Bernie Toews and his son Dean to develop the Side Slide Field Marker.
  The marker swings forward and telescopes to the desired length and leaves a groove of usually about 2 inches in the ground. Since measurements are based on marking to the center of the tractor, the operator simply has to drive over the center of the groove to eliminate overlap.
  The marker mounts on the rear corner of air seeders and cultivators so it can be close to the packing wheels and walking axles. Toews says this provides better weight distribution of the big marker.
  A hydraulic cylinder swings the arm out as a motor extends the slide arm. It has adjustable stops, which allows you to adapt easily to different equipment. The disc angle is adjustable for different field conditions.
  "The compact design doesn't interfere with turning at the end of the field or folding the implement for transport," explained Toews.
  The marker is shear bolt protected so if you hit an obstruction in the field, the entire marker swings back.
  Toews says it was simple economics which convinced him that such a field marker would attract the attention of other farmers. For example, he notes that a quarter section typically takes about 80 passes to seed. Just 1 ft. of overlap would leave an 80-ft. strip not seeded.
  "With a 33-ft. implement, this would require three additional passes to finish seeding the field. Three more passes will increase your input costs by four per cent. If you allow $70 per acre for seed, fertilizer, chemical and seeding equipment, this one foot overlap will cost you $2.10 per acre seeded," notes Toews. For a farmer seeding 2,000 acres, the additional costs could be as high as $4,200.
  Toews produces the Side Slide Field Marker through his company, Triple Star Manufacturing Ltd. It's available to fit cultivators in widths from 24 to 64 ft., including five folding units.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bernie Toews, Triple Star Manufacturing Ltd., Box 149, MacGregor, Manitoba, Canada R0H 0R0 (ph 204 685-2045 ).

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2000 - Volume #24, Issue #2