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6-Row Planter Converted To 2-Row
Converting a 6-row Allis Chalmers planter to a 2-row didn’t require much more than a cutting torch, says Doug Strouse. The retiree wanted a planter for sweet corn, Indian corn and popcorn. When a friend offered him an older, pull-type, 6-row planter, it was more than Strouse needed, so he cut it back.
  “I chopped the toolbar back to about 6 ft., enough for two planters on 30-in. rows,” he says. “I fabricated a 3-pt. hitch for it, made a couple of minor changes, and gave it a fresh coat of paint.”
  One of the changes he made was to convert the insecticide box to starter fertilizer. Strouse bored out the discharge holes and replaced the plastic impellers with a set he fabricated out of steel.
  “The impellers needed to be heavier duty to break up any fertilizer clumps,” says Strouse. “The holes needed to be bigger, but I left the discharge chutes the same.”
  The pto-powered blower with its airflow placement of kernels was retained. However, Strouse plugged every other hole in the planter plates to ensure at least 8-in. spacing between kernels.
  Strouse made cardboard templates for his 3-pt. hitch. “I made the hitch pieces out of half inch plate, and they slid right on,” he says.
  Strouse sells the different types of corn and pumpkins at his roadside stand. His “new” planter will make it easy to expand the volume and at very little cost.
  “At $75, the Allis Chalmers orange acrylic enamel paint was my biggest expense,” says Strouse.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Doug Strouse, 1149 S. Aurelius Rd., Mason, Mich. 48854 (ph 517 628-2860).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #3