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3-Pt Mounted Swath Lifter
Manitoba farmer Ernest Marshall made this 3-pt. mounted swath lifter from an 8-ft. 4-belt John Deere combine pickup.
"We bought the pickup for $25 at an auction. The frame that supports it was originally part of the push-off mechanism off a Farmhand hay sweep. The pickup is driven by an orbit motor that we borrow from a swing auger in the off-season.
"We set the speed of the pickup slightly faster than the tractor speed, which tosses the hay slightly to allow fast dry-down after a rain. The compact design of this swath lifter allows tight and easy turns with little tramping, unlike pull-type swath lifters. And, unlike swath turners which flip the windrow over, we're able to lift a swath several times if necessary with less leaf and protein loss than raking, yet dry- down is just as fast. This was the best $25 we ever spent."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ernest Marshall, Box 99, Inglis, Manitoba Canada ROJ OXO (ph 204 564-2569).


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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #3