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He Built His Own Tandem Disk
"I didn't want to use a big disk to level off small areas of my fields. So I built a 3-pt. mounted, 7-ft. offset disk using materials I had on hand. It works great," says Ben Hach, Dysart, Iowa.
The disk is equipped with two sets of gangs that are off his dad's old IH no. 37 tandem disk, which he wasn't using any more. The top part of the disk frame came off a dolly spray tank trailer and was given to him by a friend. The 3-pt. link arms came from a couple of salvage yards.
"I use my early 1960's Minneapolis Moline Jet Star II 45 hp tractor to pull it. It works real nice with this little disk," says Hach. "I use it every spring on both corn and soybean residue to level off small areas in my fields. I might use it in a place where a badger has been digging, or a rough area where we turned around with the combine at the end of the field, or a gully or a wet spot we had to go through. I can easily loosen some bolts to change the angle of the blades.
"In the past, I always had to take a bigger tractor and disk which tore up more of the field than I liked. Now I can level off just the spots that I want to hit. A small commercial disk of the same size would sell for hundreds of dollars and wouldn't be nearly as heavy as mine."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ben Hach, 5541 11th Ave., Dysart, Iowa 52224 (ph 319 476-7991; bbmmhach@netins.net).

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2007 - Volume #31, Issue #3