2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
New Tillage Tool Features 5-Sided Disk Blades“I came up with the idea because I wanted to switch to vertical tillage, but I couldn’t find anything on the market I liked,” says Henry Falk, Effingham, Kan., who went to the shop and came up with innovative new 5-sided disk blades that he says work better than any other discs on the market.
He installed a set of his patented blades on a Case IH 496 28-ft. disk. He calls the new tillage tool a Rolling Spader because of the way the blade points spade up a little soil onto residue each time they come around. Small cavities made by the points of the blades reduce erosion and help to boost water infiltration. The flat sides on the 5-sided blades push crop residue down into the soil surface. Only the points penetrate the soil, to a depth of about 2 in. or less.
“Most vertical tillage machines are equipped with round fluted blades, which can damage soil structure and take a lot more power to pull. My discs only slice a bit of the soil surface yet have better results.
Speed isn’t a factor, he says. “I’ve found that whether I pull it at 2 or 12 mph it does the same job. Tillage tools with fluted coulters require a lot of weight to push the blades into the ground, especially when they’re angled. My blades are never all in the ground at the same time, which makes a huge difference.”
The blades can only be mounted on disks equipped with square axles so that the implement will run smooth without a lot of vibration. “Converting to a square axle isn’t hard to do,” says Falk.
Two different 5-sided blades are available. One blade is designed for Case IH disks and sells for $55 apiece plus S&H. The other is for Deere, and other disk brands, and sells for $45 plus S&H.
You can see a video of the machine in action at www.farmshow.com.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Henry J. Falk, Vertical-Till Farms LLC., 2079 Edwards Rd., Effingham, Kansas 66023 (ph 913 370-0502).
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