1985 - Volume #9, Issue #5, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Towed behind a small tractor, the Speedweeder rides on two small transport wheels. The operator sits facing forward directly behind the tractor and manipulates the two weeding arms back and forth and in and around row crops, eliminating the need for hand weeding around high value fruit and vegetable crops, or around shelterbelts.
Each disc, about 10 in. across, is fitted with teeth that dig out weeds, slicing them out below ground. The discs turn at variable speeds from 30 to 1,000 rpm's, depending on soil types. A smaller disc is available for more delicate crops.
The Speedweeder sells for about $1,700. A larger model with two seats and two pairs of discs is also available.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pearson Engineering, Ltd., P.O. Box 212, Matamata, New Zealand (ph 8155).
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