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How To Go No-Till With Horses
No-till seed your wildlife plots and small acreages with horse power and a 7-row drill from Esch Manufacturing. Two large workhorses or four draft ponies on a forecart can pull it.
“Our Esch Model 5503 weighs about 2,500 lbs.,” says Paul Esch, Esch Manufacturing. “The horse power required to pull it depends on the horse’s size and the type of terrain. A pair of Belgians can handle it on flat land, but drilling all day would really make them work.”
The weight is the key to the effectiveness of the no-till drill. The desired row penetration and seeding depth is controlled by the press wheel settings. Up to 350 to 400 lbs./row weight can be applied to the turbo-coulter openers and press wheels. Extra weights can also be added to the frame.
“The drill comes with a hand-operated hydraulic lift, but it’s also available with either a 12-volt pump or hydraulic valves for use behind a tractor,” says Esch.
The seeding mechanism runs off an infinitely variable speed gearbox, allowing the operator to pick about any seed rate desired. The two drive sprockets are interchangeable for switching from a low speed range to high or back.
“The 5503 is nearly identical to our larger, 15-row Model 5507 that has been available since 2005,” says Esch. “Our customers tell us they like the versatility of our drills, since they can handle about any kind of seed, whether cool or warm season grasses, wildflowers or native grass.”
The Model 5503 is priced at $8,000.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Esch Manufacturing, 2210 Creek Hill Rd., Lancaster, Penn. 17601 (ph 717 397-1051).

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2011 - Volume #35, Issue #6