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Do-It Yourself Chisel Plow Kit
"We've cut the cost of chisel plows by letting the farmer put the pieces together himself," says Allen Snyder, developer of a new business in Tecumseh, Mich., that plans eventually to offer a full line of tillage implements that farmers can put together and add the finishing touches to themselves.
The idea behind the chisel plow kit is to cut the cost of the chisel by letting the farmer perform "finishing" functions that high-paid union laborers might otherwise perform. "Most farmers can weld as well as non-farm factory welders who are only concerned with making their wages and next Sunday's football game," says Snyder.
The 3-pt. lift and cylinder mounting connections are tack-welded at the factory and only need to be completed. The farmer needs a pair of pipe clamps to hold the shank bars securely when he welds the front-to rear frame members, which are cut with a tolerance of plus or minus 1/32 in. so that assembly without a jig is easy. Once welding is complete, the frame is painted and the shanks mounted.
The plow is offered with a 26-in. shank which, when mounted, has about 28-in. clearance from the bottom of the chisel plow frame to the bottom of the point. The distance between the front and rear shank mounting bars is 4 to 8 in., greater than conventional plows for better trash clearance, says Snyder.
Points for the shanks are not supplied with the plow since good quality points are usually offered at lower cost locally. "Our materials are as good as that in any plow on the market and better than many," says Snyder.
The plow kits cost 25 to 50% less than ready-made units, depending on the brand. A 5-ft. wide, 2-bar mounted unit sells for $480.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Allen Snyder, ASKO, Inc., P.O. Box 148, Tecumseh, Mich. 49286 (ph 517 423-3164).

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #1