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Stalk Smashers Save Tractor Tires
The Stalk Smasher is a front-mount tractor attachment that saves tires from damage by crop residue. Hybrid corn stalks are notoriously stiff and can take field equipment out of commission. The Stalk Smasher solves this problem with heavy-duty rollers that flatten stalks ahead of the tractor to prevent them from piercing tires.
    Designed by Ringsted Welding and Fabrication of Northwest Iowa, the Smasher’s bars are free-floating, with dimensions designed to cover tracks and duals. They’re controlled by a 3-in. hydraulic cylinder that gives a full 14-in. lift for ground clearance. The included four heavy-duty greaseable pins allow the bars to move across rough terrain without issue. The entire device has a gloss black powder coat finish.
    Installation and adjustment are easy, thanks to a hydraulic system that works without the hassle of replacing springs, load devices or poly. It comes with a 5-in. square toolbar and a 3 1/2-in. dia. solid steel shaft. It’s also possible to transfer the Smasher to different tractors with proper mounting brackets.
    The Stalk Smasher comes with an installation kit for bolting it on your tractor’s mounting bracket, complete with a 5-in. by 5-in. toolbar, smasher bars, and pivots. No drilling or welding is necessary.
    These installation kits are currently available for most current models of Deere, Case-IH, New Holland, Caterpillar and Versatile tractors, with new kits under development. It’s also possible to order the roller with or without poly to help prevent trash buildup while in use. Call the company to learn whether your tractor is compatible.
    Updated pricing for 2022 has the Stalk Smasher roller unit at $6,395 and the solid unit at $5,895. The price includes mounting brackets, mounting hardware, and a cylinder but doesn’t include hoses, fittings or shipping.
    For those who need extra coverage, it’s possible to purchase roller weldments from the pins down. Both the 56-in. (priced at $2,950) and the 72-in. attachment ($3,150) can be used with the existing Stalk Smasher in the place of the 3 1/2-in. solid smasher arms.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ringsted Welding and Fabrication, 705 E. 240th Street, Ringsted, Iowa 50578 (ph 712-866-1693; ringstedwf@ringtelco.com, www.stalksmasher.com).

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2022 - Volume #46, Issue #2