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Coulter Brackets Make Switch To No-Till Easy
"They make a good planter better," says Gary Miles, Mound City, Mo., who's come up with no-till brackets for Max-Emerge and Kinze planters that, he says, are a big improvement over factory designs.
"To mount Deere no-till coulters on the planter, you have to first remove the furrow openers. Then, you have to remove the mounting bolts that fasten the row units to the planter frame to attach the coulter brackets. It takes lots of time to put them on every time you want to change from no-till to conventional.
"With my no-till brackets, you can leave the furrow openers on and you only have to install the brackets once. If you want to remove the no-till coulters later, you simply take off the bolts that fasten the coulters to the brackets," says Miles, noting that most farmers who've bought his brackets leave the no-till coulters on all the time. "They help make a better seedbed under all field conditions. And, they help stop downhill drift of the planter on hillsides and terraces."
Miles says being able to leave the furrow opener discs on in no-till conditions is another big advantage of his planter brackets. "The furrow openers remove clods and trash that the coulters cut through. That makes a smoother surface for the gauge wheels to run over, and helps plant at a more uniform depth."
A set of no-till coulter brackets, bolts, and Deere coulters for a 4-row planter sells for $900.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, HMS, P.O. Box 185, Mound City, Mo. 64470 (ph 816 442-3113).

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