1979 - Volume #3, Issue #3, Page #18[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Zig-Zag Rope Sprayer
"Its zig-zag slant gives the sprayer more contact with weeds than other straight-across rope applicators," explains Porter. "We also control the pressure of the chemical running through the ropes so you get more chemical out and onto the plants."
Chemical flows out of the 4'/, gal. chemical tank mounted above the
front-mounted sprayer into plastic tubes running the length of the toolbar. Chemical is then fed directly out of the tubes onto the ropes. A float valve located below the storage tank controls the pressure.
A single, 8-in. stroke hydraulic cylinder raises the sliding toolbar from 1 ft. off the ground to 4 ft. for coverage of weeds at varying heights. The 6 40-in. row model is standard and features a manually folding toolbar. An add-on 8-row conversion kit is also available.
"We use special 112 in. nylon rope that draws out the chemical evenly," says Porter. "Just a few drops is enough to kill most weeds. One of the advantages of the rope wick is that its wastes less chemicals."
The 6-row model, minus the hydraulic cylinder, retails for about $1200.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Porter Manufacturing Corp., Box 1887, Lubbock, Tx. 79408 (ph. 806 744-4466).
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