1990 - Volume #14, Issue #3, Page #28[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Mini Lifter Shanks For Moldboard Plows
The shanks, 4-in. wide, 14-in. long, and 1/2-in. thick, are equipped with a 4-in. wide lifter point at the bottom. They simply bolt in place of moldboard plow legs to fracture compacted soil 10 to 14 in. deep.
"A 6-row Paraplow costs more than $6,000 whereas the cost to convert a 6-bottom moldboard plow with our shanks is only about $850. Other add-on shanks for moldboard plows are designed with twisted shovels that work like a chisel plow. They bolt onto the plow's legs and cut a wide slot through the soil. Our narrow shanks fracture compacted soil with very little disturbance. They completely replace plow legs and leave a slot only 1/2-in. wide. By the following spring the soil is smooth enough that you can plant without doing any tillage work," says Rawson. When mounted on 18-in. centers the shanks fracture all of the soil surface. Shanks on 30-in. centers fracture more than 50% of the soil surface and leave strips of unfractured soil' that provide an area for tractor tires to follow.
The add-on shanks require 15 hp per leg and fit most major brand plows except for Case-IH.
Sells for $125 per shank.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rawson Coulters, 7413 North Nottawa Road, Farwell, Mich. 48622 (ph 517 588-2230).
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