1978 - Volume #2, Issue #5, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Disk Scraper For Grain Drills
"It'll outlast three to four conventional scrapers and allow you to plant in soil conditions too tough for regular drill scrapers to handle," Galen Bowerman, of Dawson, told FARM SHOW. "What's more, once you put a set of these rolling scrapers on your drill, you can replace them in seconds without having to dismantle the disks - and for considerably less cost."
The soil in North Dakota's Kidder County where Bowerman farms is sandy and abrasive. "It's not uncommon to wear out one or more sets of conventional scrapers in one season," he points out. He made up 50 of his rotary-type scrapers a year ago last spring and had 4,200 scrapers made up last spring. He'd sold them all within a four county area shortly after spring seeding started last spring. "I could have sold a lot more if I'd had them," he notes. "Deere dealers are our best customers. In fact some dealers are even equipping new double disk grain drills with some of our new-style rotary scrapers before the new machines are delivered to the customer."
Bowerman has expanded production to meet booming demand for his popular new scraper. It's available for all models of Deere, International, Melroe and Kirchman double disk grain drills.
Each scraper unit consists of a pair of 3114 in. dia. wheels which are stamped out of steel and case hardened. Spring tension holds each scraper wheel tight enough against the disk so it turns as the disk turns. As the small scraper wheels wear thin, they can be taken out and a new set installed in a matter of minutes.
"This new-style rotary scraper works like new from start to finish, allowing you to satisfactorily operate the drill in a wide variety of soil conditions," explains Bowerman, who has a patent pending on his invention. He has component pieces custom made, then with the help of his wife, assembles, paints, packages and ships the units in his farm shop.
Rotary scrapers for Deere and IH double disk grain drills retail for $4.50 each less shipping. Scrapers for Melroe and Kirchman drills are $4.00. Replacement snap-on wheels are $1.30 ea. Delvin plastic bearings for individual wheels are 20c ea. "We've never worn out any bearings so we're not sure how long they will last. In most situations, one bearing will probably outlast 3 or 4 wheels," he speculates.
For more details, contact; FARM SHOW Followup, Bowerman Industry, Dawson, N.D. 58428 (ph 701-327-4289).
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