2009 - Volume #33, Issue #3, Page #40[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
"Tool Arm" For Mowing Ditches
The 3-pt. mounted Tool Arm is designed to attach to any 3-pt. mounted rotary cutter weighing up to 800 lbs. A pto shaft drives the mower's gearbox. The unit requires a tractor with two remote outlets. One outlet is used to operate a cylinder that raises and lowers the arm, and the other operates a cylinder that allows the cutter to follow the contour of the ditch.
"It works similar to other tool arms on the market, but doesn't have all the bells and whistles so it's priced much lower," says Martin. "It sells for $3,800, whereas larger hydraulic-operated commercial models sell for up to $10,000. It's useful not only for roadside ditches, but for getting up close to buildings and fence lines. The only limitation is that it can't be raised all the way up for cutting tree branches.
"The tool arm weighs 900 lbs. We recommend using a 60 to 80 hp tractor for up to a 5-ft. mower."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, MK Martin Enterprise, Inc., 3950 Steffler Rd., Elmira, Ontario, Canada N3B 2Z3 (ph 519 664-2752; fax 519 664-3695; keith@ mkmartin.ca; www.mkmartin.ca).
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