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New Gravity-Powered Cultivator Guide
"If you don't compensate for slope on hills, the cultivator can shift closer to the plant row, damaging the roots," explains Ron Morlok, president of MJM Enterprises, Manning, Iowa, manufacturer of a new gravity powered "Cultivator Guide."
The guide attaches to the front axle of the tractor to keep you "on the row" without looking back even on hilly ground when pulling a rear-mounted cultivator. Morlok notes that the guide "fills the gap between rod-type guidance systems and the more expensive automated systems."
Key to the guide's effectiveness is its pendulum-like design. A weight hangs on one arm of the guide and the chute that follows the corn row hangs on the other. The two counteract to compensate for the hillside slope so you can steer the tractor accordingly. A turnbuckle lets you fine-tune the guide, compensating for different tractors and cultivators.
The guide clamps on the front right axle of the tractor in about 10 minutes. It's set up for 38 in. rows. For narrower rows, and tractors with wide hoods, extensions are available which place the chute outside the front tire.
The guide sells for $125, and extensions for right at $50.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, MJM Enterprises, 811 Front St., Manning, Iowa 51445 (ph 712 653-3621).

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