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Compact Horse-Drawn Mower Ideal For Alleyways
Jacob Blank may have the ideal mower for vineyards, orchards and produce farms. His prototype, horse-drawn, reciprocal mower comes with cutterbars of 30, 42 and 48 in. It was on display and in the field at the 2016 Horse Progress Days.
    “It’s ideal for getting in between fruit trees and vine crops,” says Blank, I & J Manufacturing. “It uses a double cut, ESM mower sickle bar with 2 reciprocating blades and no guards. The ESM design has been proven to be the most efficient cutting system out there.”
    Blank explains that the innovative bar flexes over rocks and other obstacles, yet the blades can be resharpened like other sickles.

    The mower has 20-in. steel wheels, but rubber wheels will be optional. Foot pedal controls guide the mower left or right for precision control.

    “It works well around plastic mulch-covered beds,” says Blank. “Growers often use cover crops in between the plastic and this mower is easy to maneuver between bedded crops.”
    Blank says the mower is ideal for smaller horses like Fjords and Halflingers, but a regular size draft horse also works well.
    “We had a prototype out this past year and hope to have 5 of them out for field testing this coming year,” says Blank. “If everything continues to look good, we’ll be in full production in 2018.”
    While a price has not yet been set, Blank estimates it will be around $3,500.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, I & J Manufacturing, 10 S New Holland Rd., Suite 2, Gordonville, Penn. 17529 (ph 717 442-9451).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1