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Allis “B” Still Going Strong
“Back in 1965 my dad, Raoul, put together a row crop cultivator for his small Allis Chalmers B tractor using Allis Chalmers and Deere parts. We still use it today to control weeds between rows of trees in our shelterbelt and to make furrows for planting our garden. Works great,” says Allan Bourgeois, Gravelbourg, Sask.
  He says his dad bought the tractor in 1957 at a time when no one was selling a belly-mounted cultivator for it. “He used the tractor for field work for a few years until he bought a bigger tractor, and then he built the cultivator. He added a live hydraulic pump off an old Versatile swather on front of the tractor for raising and lowering the cultivator shanks.
  “It has been a great little tractor and has a lot of hours on it. We’ve overhauled the engine a couple of times, and we still have no problems getting parts. The big advantage to a belly-mounted cultivator is that it turns shorter than a pull-type cultivator, which makes it a lot easier to maneuver around the trees in our shelterbelt.”
  Raoul built the cultivator out of an older Deere field cultivator equipped with spring trips. He cut up the frame and mounted 4 shanks and shovels on front, and 3 on back that dig up the tractor’s wheel tracks.
  The cultivator is raised and lowered by a single hydraulic cylinder that operates a lift mechanism attached to both sides of the tractor.
  The tractor originally came equipped with a semi circular hitch on back for hooking up to various implements. Raoul removed the hitch, leaving a pair of 3-ft. square steel plates that bolt onto the tractor’s rear wheel housing. Holes in the plates are used to hook up to the cultivator.
  The back part of the cultivator is connected to the front part by a pair of hinged metal arms and raises and lowers in sequence. “The front part raises first and then the back part follows,” says Allan.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Raoul Bourgeois, P.O. Box 774, Gravelbourg, Sask., Canada S7N 0L5 (ph 306 648-7232; r.bourgeois@sasktel.net).

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