1988 - Volume #12, Issue #1, Page #32[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Toolbar Pivot Keeps Cultivator, Planter on RowEditor's Note: The following story was published in the last issue of FARM SHOW. Unfortunately, the name and address of the manufacturer was inadvertently deleted. Because of the many calls and letters we received , we decided to rerun the entire story.
'We think it's the best guidance system ever," says Lee Nikkei, manufacturer of a new 3-pt. mounted system that pivots the toolbar rather than shifting it back and forth.
"There's no comparison between this system and systems that try to shift the implement sideways. This leads the cultivator or planter where it needs to go while other systems try to force it over. It's almost impossible to accidentally take out corn plants while cultivating with this system in place," says Nikkel of Sunco Mfg.
The all-hydraulic system simply plugs into the tractor hydraulics with two hoses. There's no monitor or other electronics involved. Two wire "feelers" sense the crop - it should be at least4 to 5 in. tall- and angle the toolbar back and forth as needed to stay on the row. The total amount of movement of the pivoting hitch is 2 in. forward and back on each side for a total movement of 4 in. Nikkel says that's more than enough to stay on the row no matter how inexperienced the tractor driver.
"You can use it with a planter by positioning the feelers so they follow the planter marker furrow. Works great to plant on ridges," says Nikkei, noting that the self-contained system becomes an integral part of the tractor quick-hitch, which allows it to be used with any planter or cultivator. The unit self-centers itself in the raised position. Can be easily changed from one tractor to another.
Nikkel and the farmer-inventor who came up with the idea for the hitch, Gene Schmidt, have used the guidance system for the past two seasons. Sells for right at $3,500.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Sunco Marketing, P.O. Box 2036, North Platte, Neb. 69101 (ph 308 532-2146).
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