1985 - Volume #9, Issue #4, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Salvaged add ons convert planter into ridge planter
In one operation, he prepares a 6-in. wide seedbed in the stalks, applies fertilizer and herbicides, and plants. To his planter he added up-front row cleaners that skim the stalks off last year's ridge, leaving a clean seedbed for fertilizer and seed placement. "With row cleaners attached to the front of the planter, I clear trash before the fertilizer units so I know fertilizer is placed correctly. Plus, the row unit isn't bouncing over trash so it rides level for even seed placement," explains Harken. He figures he has right at $150 invested per row in the add-on units.
The add-on row cleaners were salvaged from a 8-row IH 400 planter and other machinery. The framework for each row is from the old planter and attaches to the 4-row planter's 2 by 6-in. front toolbar. On the front of the row units is an 18-in. gauge wheel followed by 14-in. row cleaning discs (salvaged from a Buffalo planter) which clear off the old row of stalks.
Harken connected hydraulic rams to the add-on cleaners and teed them into the planter's hydraulics so both the base planter and the add-ons operate with the same lever.
He feels the modification could be adapted to most any pull-type planter. Turning radius isn't seriously affected. He'd like to talk to interested manufacturers.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dick Harken, Rt. 6, Decorah, Iowa 52101 (ph 319 382-8877).
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