1987 - Volume #11, Issue #5, Page #33[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Farmer Built Ditcher Throws Dirt 150 Ft"We originally built it for maintaining ditches and waterways in ridge till fields but we've sold them to farmers for just about any ditch digging or cleaning chore," says Wayne Summer, a Chokio, Minn., farmer who, together with fellow farmer Keith Stromman, invented and now manufactures a ditcher that he says "outperforms any other ditcher on the market".
Their machine uses a 450-lb. flywheel to cut out smooth-sloped ditches up to 18 in. wide and 12 in. deep in one pass. The ditcher will clean waterways with as much as 2 in. of water in them or work through up to 6 in. of frost. With a 140-hp. tractor, Summer says it'll work at speeds from 3 to 5 mph and throw dirt out over a 150-ft. area. Requires a minimum 100 hp. tractor.
"Compared to other ditchers on the market, our ditcher cuts a wider, smoother ditch and spreads dirt farther. Our one-of-a-kind pivoting 3-pt. hitch allows for precise control of the depth of the cut independent of the position of the tractor. The direct drive pto is simple and maintenance-free compared to all other rotary ditchers that have gear and chain drives. And because it's 3-pt. mounted, you can turn short and work in tight places," says Summer.
The Keway Ditcher sells for $3,200.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Keway Ditchers, Inc., Box 80, Chokio, Minn. 56221 (ph 612 324-2639 or 324-7256).
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