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Weed Eater for Row Crops, Trees
"If the idea works for hand held trimmers, we thought it should also work on a tractor-mounted unit for farm use," says Richard Tamburini, inventor and manufacturer of a new string-type "weed eater" for row crops, trees and vineyards that makes use of the same technology that homeowners use to trim weeds around trees and buildings.
The 3-pt. mounted new-style cultivator is fitted with rows of long, heavy-duty 3/16-in. dia. plastic filament mounted on a steel rotating drum. The drum, driven by pto or a separate motor, spins at high speed, wiping out weeds just like a string trimmer.
Tamburini developed the unit for use under trees in orchards and in vineyards but says it may also catch on for some row crops. "It's gentle but very thorough. It gets all the weeds and requires very little horse-power to operate. You can work it right up against a tree and get all the weeds around the tree but do no damage to the tree."
Height adjusts up and down hydraulically. The string-equipped drum can be faced off to the side or to the back. The string filaments last for 3 to 4 hrs. before they must be replaced. The machine sells for $2,300.
Contact FARM SHOW Followup, Ricardo Tamburini, Via Vittorio Veneto, 100, 50050 Cerreto Guidi (Firenze), Italy (ph 0571 55 91 79).

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #3