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World's Widest No-Till Drill Now On The Market
"So far as we know, it's the world's widest single span, non-folding no-till drill," says Andy Morris, marketing manager of Marliss Industries, manufacturer of the new 27-ft. wide machine for planting soybeans and small grains.
It's equipped with a "caddy hitch", designed to handle loads up to 24,000 lbs. with minimum horsepower. The hitch features high transport clearance, extra-large tires that absorb some of the shock of moving the drill through rugged terrain and provide excellent flotation, and a 12-ft. wheel base width.
Morris says a major consideration in designing the caddy-hitch was to make certain it would handle the 27-ft. drill fully loaded. The caddy-hitch, equipped with two 4 in. cyliners, uses its own weight, plus the weight of the drill, to eliminate the need for extra weight in tougher soil conditions.
"By using the caddy a farmer can use a much smaller horsepower tractor than would be needed to lift the large drill by itself," explains Morris. "You can always add weight to the drill, but we designed the caddy to use its own weight. We believe there will be very few conditions in which farmers will need extra weight."
The new drill incorporates all the standard features of the Marliss line of soybean and grain drills, including their unique "pull-a-pin" concept. It allows you to go from no-till to conventional, and back, by removing and replacing coulters without tools.
Other Marliss features include heavy-duty coulters with up to 400 lbs. of spring pressure, down pressure springs to keep opener units in the ground, floating drive wheels, seed tubes that extend through the double disc openers and adjustable press wheels to provide positive depth control.
Cost of the 27-ft. drill, equipped with 8-in. spacing is right at $28,000. Row spacing is adjustable from 6 to 40 in.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Marliss Industries, P.O..Box 1406, Jonesboro, Ark. 72401 (ph 501 932-7550).

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #4