1977 - Volume #1, Issue #3, Page #24[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Tractor Mirror Catching On Fast“It’s going great,” reports Jerome Klinger, inventor and manufacturer of Culti-vision, a large tractor-mounted mirror that gives the driver “rear vision” without having to turn his head.
“We’ve sold over 2,000 units in 16 different states and expect to move a lot more in the weeks ahead,” he told FARM SHOW two weeks ago.
Culti-vision has caught on fastest with owners of rear-mounted row crop cultivators. They’re also popular with sugar beet growers who use them in conjunction with beet lifters to help the tractor driver keep the lifter exactly on the row so it doesn’t veer off and damage beets.
Culti-vision comes with brackets for easy mounting on most makes of tractors. It’s compatible with all factory-made cabs, both in terms of mounting room and the driver being able to view the mirror from inside the cab. Standard models are made for mounting on the right side of the tractor viewed form the driver’s seat. “We offer left-hand units on special order for the farmer whose tractor has a battery or other obstruction in the way for right-hand mounting, for the farmer who wants a unit on each side, or the farmer who’s left-handed and prefers having a single unit on his left rather than right side,” Klingler points out.
“Just about anybody can cultivate and do a good job with Culti-vision,” says Klingler. “Last year, a corn farmer whose herbicide application didn’t work recruited his wife and son to drive rear-mounted cultivators. Neither had cultivated before and they were having trouble getting the hang of it until he installed Culti-vision units on both rigs. They got along fine when they could look forward into the mirror to see what was going on behind their backs.”
The mirror measures 9 in. wide and 15 in. long. Dust settling on the mirror hasn’t been a problem, says Klingler. “You get about as much dust as there is on a tractor windshield. You seldom have to wipe the mirror but, if you do, it’s easily done with a rag and a quirt or two of window cleaner.”
Retail cost of Culti-vision, which comes painted black for good compatibility with all tractor colors, is $65. Major U.S. distributor is Fleischer Manufacturing-Distributing, Columbus, Neb. 68601 (ph 402 564-3244).
For more details, contact Fleischer, or: Klingler Mfg., Box 442, New Ulm, Minn. 56073 (ph 507 359-9849).
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