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Front-Mount Disk Gang
A Wisconsin fanner says he's come up with an inexpensive way to smooth out the ride when he makes the first pass on fall plowed and chisel plowed ground the first time over in the spring. He mounted the rear half of an old disk on front of his 4-WD tractor.
Jeff Steinacker, who farms near Hortonville, salvaged an old Massey Ferguson 12-ft. disk equipped with 20-in. blades. He cut the rear gang off and narrowed up the frame so it's just wide enough to level the ground ahead of the tractor tires.
"It lets me go faster and cover more ground," says Steinacker, who pulls a 45-ft. field cultivator behind the tractor. "It also saves wear and tear on the tractor, especially on the steering and hinge joints."
Steinacker used 2 by 2-in. sq. steel tubing to build a hitch to mount the disk on the tractor. A single-acting 8-in. hydraulic cylinder raises and lowers the disk. A pair of lift chains run through pulleys at the front of the tractor. A "pusher" frame runs from the main disk frame to the front rear end of the tractor.
Steinacher also replaced the disk's single seal bearings with triple-sealed bearings to keep dirt out.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Jeff Steinacker, W8171 School Road, Hortonville, Wis. 54944 (ph 414 757-6239).

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #2