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A Trash Mulcher That Smashes Rocks
New Australian Land Conditioner smashes anything in its way, including rocks, and has land ready for cultivation after just one pass, according to the manufacturer.
The machine's pulverizing power comes from 28 6-lb. hammers made from manganese steel that revolve on a shaft at more than 1500 rpm.
Anywhere a tractor or caterpillar can go, the Land Conditioner is tough enough to follow and clear up the land, according to a spokesman for Sims Ltd., manufacturer. "It reduces virgin brush to a mulched state that can become movable pastureland within one season. Its hammers pulverize non-igneous rocks up to 18 in. in diam. and will do the same to small stones, stumps and saplings."
In Australia and 15 other countries, the machine is being used by farmers to clear land and chop stubble, by foresters to fight fires, and by land developers. The machine's hammers can be replaced with double sided razor-edged flail knives for lighter work.
The rotor shaft is driven by four V-belts that cushion shock and vibration. Heavy steel plating and an.optional hinged back plate protect the driver.
FARM SHOW checked with a U.S. manufacturer who makes a rock picker. He seriously doubted the Land Conditioner's ability to "smash" the extremely hard rocks found throughout much of the United States.
For more details, contact; FARM SHOW Followup, G. E. Wilson, Export Officer, Grasslands Division, Sims Ltd., Box 4155, Sydney, Australia 2001.

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