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Floating Wing Chisel Plow
"I came up with it because I wanted to cut my trips across the field in half," says Willis O. Nash about the floating wing chisel plow he invented. Built from a conventional chisel plow, it tills and pulls stalks in one pass, thanks to the "floating" wings Nash fitted to the back of the shanks.
"I designed them to pull out coton stalks so I could prepare ground for planting and apply herbicides in one pass," says the Ocilla, Ga., farmer. "But I think the wings could be added to any tillage tool with rip-per shanks for use in most any crop, including corn."
Nash started with a 13-shank, 4-row (36-in.) International chisel plow. He made the 18-in. wide floating wings out of 3/8-in. thick metal. Mounting brackets attach to the back of the chisel's shanks with two 1/2 by 3-in. bolts, which replace the chisel's original 2 1/4-in. bolts. The wings attach to mounting brackets with one 1/2 by 2-in. bolt which allows them to pivot so they always run parallel to the ground.
Nash, who says a minimum 125 hp tractor is required to pull the chisel, typically sets it so shanks run 10 to 12 in. deep and floating sweeps run 8 in. deep.
Nash recently began manufacturing the sweeps and mounting brackets for sale. Mounting brackets and 18-in. sweep for chisels sell for $75 per row. Also available for rippers.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Willis O. Nash, 356 Crepe Myrtle Dr., Ocilla, Ga. 31774-3300 (ph 912 468-7867).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #2