1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Wheel Extender For Rotary HoesNew rotary hoes have come on the market in the last year with increased clearance between rows of wheels (M&W, Yetter) but if you already own a Deere 400 series rotary hoe, you can use a simple new farmer-developed refit kit to get the same results.
Keith Sexton, who farms near Rockwell City, Iowa, mounts extender arms between the front and rear rows of wheels, eliminating most plugging due to surface residue. "Once you make the modification, you can even go through heavy corn stubble with no problems at all," he says, noting that the kit allows the back fingers on the front wheel to interact with the front fmgers on the back wheel, dislodging trash that accumulates between the wheels.
Sexton's kit consists of 16-in. long extender arms that replace the 7 1/2-in. long factory arms that attach the rear wheels to the front wheels. Sells for $6.50 per extender arm, or $364 for a 30-ft. hoe (56 arms). It takes about 3 hrs. to install the new arms on a 30-ft. hoe.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Keith Sexton, Rt. 3, Box 57, Rockwell City, Iowa 50579 (ph 712 297-7934).
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