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Seedbed Roller For Row Crop Planters
Texas farmer and machine shop operator Bruce Gamble often builds new equipment for his own operation and later starts selling his inventions to neighbors, friends and customers at his ag equipment repair shop.
His latest innovation is a 12 3/4-in. steel roller mounted across the full width of his 6-row Deere 7100 Max-Emerge planter. It smooths the seedbed, breaking up dirt chunks and evening out uneven ground. It works particularly well for farmers in Gamble's area, who plant into elevated seedbeds, but he says it could be used on any type of cultivation system.
The pipe roller mounts on l 1/2-in. dia. pillow block bearings, supported by a framework made out of 3-in. sq. tubing that bolts directly to the planter. A spring-loaded adjusting assembly makes it easy to move the roller up and down. The springs give the roller about 2 in. of flex so they don't take weight off he gauge wheels, which drive the planter.
The roller simply clamps to the toolbar ahead of the row units and can be quickly removed if not needed.
"It creates a beautifully leveled seed-bed that improves performance of the planter," notes Gamble, who sells a roller for a 6-row planter, along with mounting assemblies, for $1,200. He also plans to make do-it-yourself kits available.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Bruce Gamble, Gamble Machining, Rt. 1, Box 173, La Feria, Texas 78559 (ph 210 797-2858 or 2169).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #6