2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #34[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Custom Tools For Nursery Growers
"My motto is ęBuilt Tough, Built Right'," says the owner of Pierce Products in Poplar Grove, Ill. "My implements are custom-built to whatever the customer wants, and the frames are made from heavy-duty 3 in. sq. by 3/16-in. tubing."
His most versatile model is a variable width cultivator that offers three optional widths between 42 and 60 in. by folding out one or both wings.
"A lot of growers want offset cultivating on the right side of the tractor tire," Pierce says. "This machine allows the cultivator to get really close to the rows and cultivate between varying size rows from shrubs to 20-ft. trees."
Pierce uses high-clearance shanks to allow plenty of room for debris to flow through. They are set up with 10-in. sweeps to provide overlap to cut off all roots, and the 3 by 1/2-in. shafts have 180-lb. point resistance.
Pierce, who builds everything himself, can make narrower or wider width equipment to meet his customers' needs.
He also builds rigid frame cultivators, hybrid disc/cultivators, chisel plows and deep rippers that break up hardpan up to 22-in. deep.
"All the equipment is built extremely heavy, making it almost bullet proof," Pierce says. The retired construction equipment operator has been building a reputation among local nursery growers for five years.
"You can run fast with these tools and cover the ground quickly - over 5 mph with the cultivator," Pierce says. They attach to Category I and II hitches and require a tractor with 40 hp or more. The implements don't have hydraulics, so they are easy to maintain, and replacement parts are readily available.
Pierce Products come with a 1-year warranty on the frame only with normal use. The variable width cultivator costs $2,399. For information on prices of other tools, contact the Pierces.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Pierce Products, Norm and Fran Pierce, 1250 Candlewick Dr. N.W., Poplar Grove, Ill. 61065 (ph 815 222-7786; www.custom cultivators.com).
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