2009 - Volume #33, Issue #2, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
3-Pt. Drawbar Telescopes Sideways
The telescoping drawbar consists of a length of I-beam welded to a 3-pt. mounted combine head mover. The drawbar is off an old forklift fork, with a hole cut into it for the pin. A 30-in. hydraulic cylinder moves it back and forth.
"It lets me use the same planter for both corn and beans without the additional cost of purchasing a splitter unit or a grain drill," says Evans. "I mount it on my Deere 7000 12-row, 30-in. planter. I plant the entire field with 30-in. rows, then come back and split the rows. Every time I turn at the end of the field I swing the drawbar over 15 inches. It allows me to keep the tractor wheels in the same tracks, which reduces soil compaction.
"The drawbar also works great for planter end transport. When I come to a ditch I just raise the 3-pt. to keep the planter from getting hung up."
The drawbar is attached to a metal bracket that rides back and forth on a pair of 3-in. cast iron wheels. The wheels ride on top of a 1/2-in. thick steel plate that's bolted to the I-beam. The wheels are off an old International Harvester 800 "automatic return" plow.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Larry Evans, 319 Gibbs Road, New Paris, Ohio 45347 (ph 937 437-3685).
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