1988 - Volume #12, Issue #5, Page #07[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
ATV Skip Row PlanterWhen Ken Tolle has a problem on his farm north of Topeka, Kan., he usually mentions it to his city cousin, Larry Cutsinger, who sells structural steel for a Topeka company. Cutsinger invariably solves the problem.
A couple years ago Tolle told his cousin that he was frustrated by the "skips" his plate planter left when planting soybeans. He wondered if his cousin could rig up something that would let him fill in the rows using a Honda three-wheeler.
Cutsinger did a little kitchen table drafting and came up with a design for an ATV 1-row planter that exactly filled the bill for Tolle, and also doubles as a spot sprayer trailer for hand-spraying tall-growing weeds or volunteer corn.
The ATV planter consists of a single row unit off a John Deere plate planter that mounts on a two-wheel frame. An extended control handle lets the operator raise or lower the planter as needed from the seat of the ATV.
When the unit is not needed for planting, a single pin disengages the planter from the trailing frame and a small flatbed
trailer bed that's fitted with an old tractor seat mounts in its place. Tolle uses it to spot spray weeds. The trailer can also be used for odd hauling jobs around the farm.
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Tolle, Topeka, Kan. 66619 (ph 913 288-1880).
Story and photo reprinted courtesy Grass & Grain, Manhattan, Kan.
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