2021 - Volume #45, Issue #1, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Small Tractor Chisel Digs Deep
Two rear shanks, 36 in. apart, dig up to 14 in. deep, using forward motion to shatter the soil, says Jeff Sberna, who came up with the design in 2005 to deal with compaction on his Bellevue, Ohio farm. That takes less power (40 to 105 hp.) than other compaction tools such as disc rippers and chisel plows that roll the earth over.
S-tines in the middle dig in about 4 in. to work up the soil for weed control, but still leave firm ground between. That prevents the soil from recompacting, as it does with other tools that work up all the soil.
“I’ve gone back a couple years later with a compaction probe and there’s still less compaction (where the shanks dug in),” Sberna says. It also does a good job of aerating the soil, which helps speed up residue decomposition.
“As a farmer, when it came to the final design of the machine I wanted a quality tool that was as user-friendly as possible,” Sberna says. “You will find it pulls more smoothly than the others. It’s the most enjoyable primary tillage tool you will ever use. Especially as you get older and look for a less stressful day without the bounce and jerking that some tools give.”
Fabricated for Sberna’s business, J&D FarmBuilt, the spring chisel assemblies, rear shanks, and Danish tines have a lifetime guarantee from Bellota Agrisolutions. While designed for smaller horsepower tractors, the rear shanks and chisel assembly withstand the horsepower of larger tractors. The frame is built of 1/4-in. box tube and has a 4 by 4 by 1/4-in. rear beam.
Sberna initially built a larger model for his farm, then introduced the smaller Chisel CR 5.0 in 2018. Its compact 6-ft. wide design is perfect for people with wildlife plots, organic operations or small acreages. It’s priced at $3,000 if you mention FARM SHOW.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, FarmBuilt LLC, 6991 Co. Rd. 219, Bellevue, Ohio 44811 (ph 419 271-4176; www.farmbuilt.net; firstname.lastname@example.org)
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