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Floating Blade Scraper Keeps Disks Clean
Jim Meidinger had a better idea for a blade scraper to keep disk blades running smoothly and to prevent plug-ups. After working with conventional scrapers, he figured a rotating scraper that discharged dirt and trash would do the job better. When the disk manufacturing company he worked for wasn't interested, he started Discmaster, Inc. Three years later, he has his floating, disk blade scrapers on farms in Iowa, Minnesota and North Dakota. The response has been positive.
"I stopped by a dealer who had installed them on his disk," says Meidinger. "A neighbor had borrowed it because he couldn't get his disk to work in trashy, wet conditions. He brought it back and said he couldn't believe how well the scrapers worked. He wanted them for his disk, and he didn't care what they cost if they worked as well."
There are two key features to the Discmaster blade scraper. The first is the rotating nature of the 10-in. carbon steel blade. Dirt and trash get tossed to the side instead of building up and plugging on a stationary scraper bar.
The second key feature is its floating mount. As dirt starts building up on the disk blade, it comes into contact with the floating scraper. It's the dirt buildup that actually forces the scraping disc against the disk blade. Once the blade is clean, the scraper floats back away from the blade.
"This means that when scraping isn't needed, there's no wear on the bearing of the scraper, the edge of the scraper or the disk blade itself," says Meidinger. "Customers also tell me they're able to either shift up a gear or go to a bigger disk with the same tractor. There isn't the drag you get with conventional disk scrapers. You save time and fuel."
The Discmaster units are a universal design that comes with adapters for specific disks. Switching units to a different style disk at trade-in is simply a matter of ordering new adapters.
The units retail for $82.50 each. They're available from a growing number of dealers and distributors. Meidinger suggests having your local equipment dealer contact Discmaster. You can also order direct from the company.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Discmaster, Inc., 4035 81st St. S.E., Wishek, N. Dak. 58495 (ph 701 452-2722; cell 701 321-1184; jsmwc002@bektel.com).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #4