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12-Row Front Cultivator With Floating Wings
A front-mounted 12-row cultivator with floating 3-row wings on either end has made working terraces a lot easier for Iowa farmer Rick Mount who farms near Farragut.
He built the fold-forward cultivator because he wanted to match the pattern of his vertical-fold Case/IH 900 planter which also has 3 flex rows on either end. "The vertical-fold planter is about $12,000 cheaper than a horizontal-fold model," he notes.
Rick modified a center flex 12-row IH cultivator to mount on the front of his tractor, bracing the center 6 rows so they can't flex and installing a heavy plate-steel hinge on each of the outer 3-rows. The double-duty hinges allow the wings to fold forward and also have a pivot pin that allows them to flex about 12 in. below the horizontal and 30 in. above as needed. He also had to modify the lift assembly on each wing to raise shanks out of the ground.
The cultivator is rigid-mounted to the front of the tractor. An add-on support bar runs above the center 6 rows to hold them rigid and also to provide support. A pair of turnbuckle braces, one on either side of tractor, also provide support. Wings fold forward by hand.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rick Mount, Rt. 1, Box 75, Farragut, Iowa 51639 (ph 712 387-5181).

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