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Loader-Mounted Weed Wiper
“Our new loader-mounted weed wiper lets you apply Roundup or other herbicides to weeds that outgrow the crop, whether it’s row crops or pastures. It’s simple to use and doesn’t require any pumps, external tanks, or drive systems,” says Ron Lubke, Quality Metal Works, Stanford, Ill.
  The weed wiper comes in sections 6 to 10 ft. wide that clamp onto the loader bucket. They can be used in combination up to 20 ft. wide.
  A hose runs from the end of each wick to a control valve that can be mounted near the operator. “It’s a gravity feed system with the herbicide contained inside the wick,” says Lubke. “When the valve is shut off, a vacuum forms inside the wick which keeps the herbicide from flowing too fast. Opening the valve releases the vacuum and lets more herbicide come out. To refill, simply unscrew the hose at the end of the wick.”
  He says a loader-mounted weed wiper has several advantages. “The wiper is out in front where you can easily see it. The loader lets you quickly adjust the height, and the wiper has a lot of clearance so you can use it later in the season. It’s also convenient for transport because you can raise the loader to go through narrow gates.”
  The smallest 6-ft. 9-in. wick will cover up to 20 acres before it has to be refilled, while a 20-ft. wick can cover up to 80 acres.    The company also makes mounting brackets for ATV’s that will accept wicks up to 13 ft. 6 in.; and carts that will accept wicks 10, 20, 30, and 46 ft. wide.
  A 6-ft. 9-in. wick with loader mount sells for $277 plus S&H; a 10-ft. wick sells for $327 plus S&H.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Quality Metal Works, Sanford, Ill. (ph 309 379-5311; ron@qualitymetalworks.com; www.qualitymetalworks.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #5