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"Mini" Equipment Helps Farm Smaller Acreage
As he listened to customers at his retail fertilizer business, Duane Glasgow realized many of them were looking for downsized farm equipment for smaller acreages and wildlife food plots.

    He worked with Trotters Manufacturing in Buffalo, Ill., to create a caddy with a 3-pt. hitch in the back to hook up a small corn planter or other implements. Instead of hydraulics, the caddy uses an electric actuator to raise and lower implements.

    "It's basically a quick hitch on wheels. You just need a battery," Glasgow says. A 4-wheeler battery is enough to operate the caddy. "It's great for folks who don't have a tractor with a 3-pt. hitch."

    He pairs the caddies with commercially manufactured Yetter 2 and 4-row no-till planters and with a 15-ft. boom sprayer that he designed. With different seed plates, the planter can plant a variety of crops from milo and sunflowers to vegetable garden seeds such as peas, beans and sweet corn. The small sprayer also works well for lawn service businesses.

    Glasgow discovered larger farmers are also interested in the smaller planters to replant a couple of rows that drowned out or didn't come up right.

    Glasgow notes that the difference between his caddy and others is its quality and strength.

    "It's overbuilt for strength. It won't tear up like other equipment," Glasgow says. "I told my little brother to try to tear it up. We found the weakest spot and then fixed it." The caddy weighs about 450 lbs.

    Caddies sell for $2,400 and sprayers cost $1,850. Corn planters run $2,750.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Trotter Mfg., P.O. Box 176, Buffalo, Ill. 62515 (ph 217 364-4540; dglasgow@frontiernet.net).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4