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Drill/Cultivator Combo Lets Him Turn On A Dime
"I can turn on a dime," says Kenneth Weisz about a modified cultivator/drill combo he pulls behind his Case-IH 1086.
"Before, I had to be doggone careful about turning corners in the field because my rig would jackknife when I had to back up," says the Halliday, N. Dak., farmer.
To build the rig, Weisz bought a Brady 18-ft. cultivator to replace the IH 45 18 1/ 2-footer he'd used before. He modified the cultivator to fit the 3-pt. hitch and cut it down to 16 ft. so it'd match width of the Massey Ferguson 425 drill he pulls behind it.
He removed the hitch and running gear from the cultivator and built a framework out of the I-beam hitch. It welds to the cultivator's main beam and attaches to the tractor's 3 pt.
He built a 12 ft. long gooseneck hitch which attaches to a piece of 1/2-in. thick plate welded to the cultivator 3-pt. hitch. The gooseneck is made of 2 7/8-in. dia. drill stem pipe and is gussetted on corners and trussed with 3/4-in. dia. sucker rod on top and bottom.
Mounting the cultivator on the tractor's 3 pt. brings the cultivator to within 6 to 8 in. of the tractor's rear tires, Weisz notes.
"I had to add nine 100-lb. suitcase weights to the front of the tractor to keep it down with the extra weight on the 3 pt.," Weisz says. "I haven't been boxed into a corner since I built it three years ago."
Out-of-pocket expense was about $300.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kenneth Weisz, Rt. 1, Box 46, Halliday, N. Dak. 58636 (ph 701 938-4723).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #2