2013 - Volume #37, Issue #6, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Row Mulcher Feeds Plants, Controls Weeds
“We built our first one nearly 20 years ago for a blueberry grower,” says Henry Zook of Millcreek. “We attached a conveyor to a manure spreader. As customer demand grew, we completely redesigned it to better meet the need. So far, we haven’t found any type of mulch or soil amendment it can’t handle.”
That includes wood chips, sawdust, compost, mushroom soil, topsoil mixes and more. Models range in size from 3 cu. yards up to 13.5 cu. yards and working widths of 48 to 85 in. to match a wide variety of row spacings. Prices range from $7,900 for the smallest unit to $22,000 for the largest.
Standard model row mulchers can drop material directly over rows or shoot it as much as 8 ft. Mini row mulchers have a maximum distance of 5 to 6 ft. Distances depend on density of material and running speed of the machine with its variable speed conveyors. Cleated belts, available standard or optional depending on model, throw material farther and help break up clumps, while adjustable discharge deflectors offer precise control of spread pattern and width. Removal of the conveyor allows material to drop spread in front of and the width of the machine.
“The optional conveyer extension adds 5 to 6 ft. of reach,” explains Zook.
Standard row mulcher (larger) models offer options such as dual discharge, dual wheels, walking beam suspension, metering gates for flow control, and a choice between hydraulic, pto hydraulic drive and pto mechanical drive. Custom frame configurations, pot filler and narrow top orchard models also are available.
“We also offer an electronic control option for use in the tractor cab,” says Zook. “We have distributors on the West Coast with some dealers elsewhere. Contact us, and if we don’t have a dealer in your area, we will fill your order direct.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Millcreek Mfg., 525 Reservoir Rd., Honey Brook, Penn. 19344 (ph 800 311-1323; www.millcreekmfg.com; www.rowmulchers.com).
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