1984 - Volume #8, Issue #5, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Spring Time Replacement Tips Saves 80% Or More
Gates makes tips in 6, 8, 10 and 12-in. lengths and in 5/16th and 3/8-in. dia. sizes. He can also duplicate the kinks or bends in the tines being repaired. About 50% of the replacements he sells are bent and 50% straight.
"We used to manufacture harrow springs on an OEM basis for other manufacturers so we know how to make them to last. The installation is simple. The farmer simply overlaps the new piece at least 2 in. with the old tine, welding just 1-in. on either side of splice with whatever welder or welding rod he's most familiar," Gates told FARM SHOW.
Depending on the pattern of wear on the springs, farmers may want to buy more than one length of replacement tines to level out the length of all the tines. Tips can be overlapped more than 2 in. but shouldn't be any less.
"Welding on new tips takes less than half the time it takes to remove the springs and attach new replacements. And, at 75 cents apiece for the 6-in. long tips, you'll save as much as 80% in cost of materials over new replacement springs, which can cost as much as $8.50 for a 2-tine replacement spring," says Gates.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, M. Gates, Mfg., Rt. 1, Box 60, Lansford, N. Dak. 58750 (ph 701 784-5434).
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