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Articulated Bean Buggy
New front-wheel drive "pivoting" bean buggy offers great maneuverability and a short turning radius, as well as flexibility in weed control options, according to West Texas Lee Co., Idalou, Texas.
The "Spider" is powered by an 18-hp gas engine and equipped with a pair of 30-gal. tanks. It articulates in the middle, giving it a short turning radius. It's equipped with 15-in. lug tires in front, flotation tires in back and has a maximum speed of 8 mph. Wheel spacing can be adjusted from 60 to 100 in.
"The short turning radius lets you turn back immediately into the next row at the end of the field," says Charles Lee, company representative. "The buggy comes standard with three cushion seats that can be adjusted for different row widths. An optional front-mounted boom equipped with an electronic `eye' and nozzle over each row is available. The electronic `eyes' use a light beam to identify anything higher than the crop. When the light beam is broken it triggers a switch that causes the nozzle to automatically spray weeds in the row. A 7-ft. wide rear-mounted boom can also be used to broadcast herbicides onto patches of weeds anywhere in the field."
The bean buggy comes standard with hand-operated spray guns. Electronic spray guns are available that apply a metered amount of herbicide to reduce waste. The driver's seat is equipped with an automatic kill switch that shuts the machine off whenever the driver leaves the seat.
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, West Texas Lee Co., Inc., Box 402, Idalou, Texas 79329 (ph toll-free 1 800 825-3346 or 806 892-2565).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #3