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Custom-Built Folding Toolbars
A year ago, FARM SHOW featured a rear-folding planter toolbar designed by L. Eugene Smith, of Lebanon, Ind. That story triggered inquires for custom-built toolbars from as far away as Mississippi and Louisiana.
"We're now offering 12 row planter toolbars and have put about 10 units together for sale," Smith told FARM SHOW two weeks ago. "We also have built a 50 ft. field cultivator that folds in similar fashion to our 24 row planter toolbar. It has a transport width of 151/2 ft. and a height of only 5 ft., making it easier to transport down the road than most commercially available field cultivators."
Smith also has developed a crop sprayer patterned after the rear-folding 24 row planter frame, and equipped with double-fold markers pattered after those used on the planter. When a preplant spray application is needed, the operator uses 50 ft. of boom and the markers to minimize overlaps or skips. If a post-plant spray job is desired in a large field where there are tracks or rows to follow, the markers can be used as booms and a 120 ft. swatch can be sprayed, according to Smith. The sprayer has a hydraulic drive pump system and injector tanks (1,000 gal.) so that while one person sprays out a tank, another can be mixing and filling the empty tank.
Smith's custom-built 12 row planter toolbar (30 in. rows) retails for right at $17,400, complete with 12 Deere MaxEmerge planter units, fob. In 30 seconds, the toolbar folds to 8 ft., 6 in. for transport. In the trailing position, the planter is off center to the left. As the tractor pulls off to the right to meet an oncoming car, the planter remains on the road.
For more details, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, L. Eugene Smith, Route 2, Box 407, Lebanon, Ind. 46052 (ph. 317-482-0062 or 873-5426).

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