1991 - Volume #15, Issue #2, Page #04[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
They Make Moldboard Plows Out Of PlasticShowgoers at the recent National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kent., got their first look at a revolutionary new product - plastic moldboard plow bottoms.
For several years a number of companies have been selling plow covers made out of the heavy duty new "slippery" plastics but, until now, no one has made an entire mold-board out of plastic. Ralph Bolinger of C.F.C. Distributors, the manufacturer, says the key to making a plastic plow bottom was coming up with a way to bend half-inch plastic, which he says was a "tricky job", and also the development of curved steel brackets to hold the plastic bottom in place.
"Our plastic moldboards will outperform and outlast anything else on the market, including steel plows with plastic covers," says Bolinger, noting that he never did believe in putting plastic covers on mold-boards and he refused to sell them, even though he has been selling other plastic parts for years. "The problem with plastic covers is that in order to mount them you have to tuck them in behind the plow shear. That lowers the frog at least 1/8 in., putting it lower to the ground and causing it to wear sooner as the shear wears down."
C.F.C. is making their plastic bottoms out of 112-in. thick plastic to fit all popular models of plows. The moldboard kit also includes a plastic shin and the pair of curved rectangular mounting brackets that mount behind the plastic moldboards. A standard metal plow shear is used with the plastic bottoms. No modification is required to existing plow. Plastic moldboards and shins are available to fit all popular models.
The plastic shin sells for $18.50 and the plastic moldboard for $90. "That compares with a price of $75 for many plastic mold-board covers and $75 to $100 for standard moldboards," says Bolinger.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, C.F.C. Distributors, Inc., Rt. 1, Box 181, Roann, Ind. 46974 (ph 800 548-6633).
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