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Custom Made Mini No-Till Drill
"My mini no-till drill works great for planting wildflowers, native grasses and food plots. I can plant three different sizes of seed with it. And, it's small enough to haul on a small trailer," says Terry Moran, Highland, Kansas.
  Moran uses his New Holland 30 hp tractor to pull the drill, which measures just 3 ft. wide. It has 4 no-till openers on front spaced 8 in. apart, and has a seeding width of 32 in.
  All the drill's components were purchased new. The box, which is divided into three compartments, as well as the openers were bought from Truax, and were originally designed to be 3-pt. mounted. Moran modified the frame that supports the box and added a fold-up tongue and pintle hitch. He modified the drill's seed drive mechanism, adding a single wheel on back that serves as the seed drive mechanism. He also converted the gauge wheel setup to hydraulic lift.
  "I used the best components of what I think is one of the best no-till drills on the market," says Moran. "The main advantage of a no-till drill is that I can use herbicides to kill all the vegetation, then go in and seed without having to worry about a lot of competition from weeds. The unit has the same weight per opener as any of Truax's full-sized no-till drills.
  "I built it because I have a landscaping business and couldn't find a no-till drill on the market small enough to fit my trailer. It cost about $5,000 to build. A fully outfitted 4-ft. wide no-till drill would have cost $8,000 to $10,000, and I would still have needed to buy a new trailer for it. With the fold-up tongue I can back the drill onto a trailer and there's still room for a small tractor."
  One advantage of the Truax box is that it has three compartments so he can seed everything from small, fluffy native grass seed to an oats cover crop - all at the same time. "I can plant just about anything except seed corn with it," says Moran.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Terry Moran, 107 West Penn, P.O. Box 273, Highland, Kansas 66035 (ph 785 442-3479; dmoran50@hotmail.com).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1