1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #23[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Gauge wheels for cyclo planters"They make older planters good as new," says Fair Mfg., Menno, S. Dak., of its new gauge wheels for Cyclo planters.
Mounted one on each side of the disk opener, they control depth right at the point where corn is planted, rather than several feet away as is the case on original older Cyclo planters, notes Doug Wentz, sales representative.
"The two gauge wheels on each side of the disk opener work together under spring tension, continually oscillating up and down as they climb over clods and trash to maintain uniform planting depth," Wentz points out. "You leave the original gauge wheels on but pull a couple pins so they free float."
Gauge wheels for each row are tied together via an optional cable system for adjusting depth control. If you want to change planting depth, you move the master control lever (manually or with an optional hydraulic cylinder hookup) to simultaneously raise or lower the gauge wheels on all rows.
In addition to providing accurate depth control, the new gauge wheels serve as scrapers to keep the disc openers clean in wet, sticky soils, says Wentz. They're available with steel or rubber-covered surfaces. To install, you weld on a 2 by 2 in. stub piece of tubular steel (about 6 in. long) which serves as a mounting bracket for each row unit.
Retail price, including the weld-on mounting brackets, is $165 per row. Add $30 per row for the optional cable assembly for adjusting planting depth of all rows simultaneously.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fair Mfg., P.O. Box 306, Menno, So. Dak. 57045 (ph 605 387-2389).
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