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Chopper-Mounted Belt Keeps Trash Off Tractor
Tired of watching corn stalks and small stones fly up toward the cab on his tractor as he chopped stalks, Harold Fratzke decided to take matters into his own hands. He bolted a 2-ft. deep length of grain conveyor belting across the front of his Balzer stalk chopper.
  The stalk chopper handles eight 30-in. rows. He mounted the 1/4-in. thick belting on sq. tubing that he bolted on across the entire front end of the chopper. He also welded a steel plate onto the chopper.
  “It definitely stops a lot of trash and is worth a whole lot to me,” says Fratzke. “The chopper’s blades sling trash and even small stones forward toward the tractor. The chopper came equipped with metal plates that hang down and swing forward and backward to stop some of the trash, but they don’t do a very good job. My conveyor belt reaches down lower and almost drags on the ground.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harold Fratzke, 234 Shoreview Dr., Cottonwood, Minn. 56229 (ph 507 423-6341; cell 507 530-6090).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4