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Replacment Chopper For Deere Combines
We spotted this new replacement straw chopper at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Ky.
  The "Superchop" is designed to shred hard-to-chop green soybean stems. It's designed for Deere 9000 series combines.
  "It distributes residue more evenly, leaving your field uniform and no-till ready," says Tim Johnson, W. A. Johnson, Inc., Louisville, Ky.
  The Superchop consists of two rows of knives mounted on a heavy duty pan made from 11-gauge steel. You simply unbolt the pan from the original straw chopper and bolt the new pan on.
  "Deere's chopper is equipped with just one row of knives. The double row of knives chops the residue into smaller pieces," says Johnson. "Also, the knives are located closer to the tailboard so the chopped residue gets thrown farther. The residue will spread out over at least a 30-ft. wide area, whereas with the Deere chopper it's lucky to go 20 ft.
  "It does a great job of chopping the green stems on Roundup Ready beans. When you're done combining you can go right back in and plant, without having to make an extra pass with a field cultivator or some other residue management tool."
  Johnson says you can save money by sliding the knife bar out of Deere's chopper, buying the Superchop pan with just one row of knives on it, and then bolting the Deere knives onto it.
  He says models for Case IH and New Holland combines will soon be available.
  The Superchop equipped with two rows of knives sells for $1,795; $1,595 with one row.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, W. A. Johnson, Inc., 2340 Ampere Drive, Louisville, Ky. 40299 (ph 800 523-3979 or 502 266-7177;www.wajohnson.com; wajohns@bellsouth.net).

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