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Flat-Fold Toolbar Fitted With 2-Cylinder Hinge
This new flat-fold toolbar narrows up trans-port width of cultivators 5 to 6 ft. by folding flat instead of vertically, according to Mead Machine & Mfg. Co., Wood River, Neb.
The 7 by 7-in. toolbar is equipped with extra-wide hinge assemblies that the company says are designed much stronger than other toolbar hinges on the market. Each hinge is equipped with two cylinders which provide the 180 degree folding action.
"Conventional cultivators fold 90 degrees and leave the shanks sticking out about 3 ft. on each side," says Greg Mead, inventor. "The double cylinders produce a nice controllable movement without whipping the cultivator as it's being folded. Our hinge assembly and hinge pin are built so heavy they're twice as wide as the toolbar. It works great for farmers who have wanted to narrow up their cultivator or who want to switch from a 6 or 8-row cultivator to a 12 or 16-row model but haven't done so be-cause of concerns about the extra transport width. One farmer saved money by mounting two used 6-row cultivators on our toolbar instead of buying a new 12-row cultivator.
The toolbar weighs 1,600 lbs. so you may need lift assist on wider cultivators."
Available in sizes ranging from 8-row 36-in. to 16-row 30in. Sells for about $4,000.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Mead Machine & Mfg. Co., Box 402, Wood River, Neb. 68883 (ph 308 583-2875).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #6