Your new roller-crimper looks very promising. If you are going
manufacture this device, please put my name on the list of potential
I was thinking that I could take the bucket off my front-end loader
and then mount the roller-crimper on the plate. Does this seem like
a viable option?
Are you going to have more than one size? Your very nice slide
show shows a 10-foot-wide roller-crimper mounted on a 90-horsepower
tractor. I doubt that my little 33 horsepower will push this much
of a load.
David T. Miller
Thanks for the email and the interest in our roller. Here is where
we are at: We will not be manufacturing or selling the roller ourselves
but are looking for a company to take the ball and run with it.
We have auto cad drawings of the tool and will be supplying those
in the near future to companies or farmers who would like to build
them. We only ever built the one for our own use. In theory, one
could be engineered to fit almost any size tractor.
You're right that our roller would be too large for your tractor.
It would push it, but it would never lift it up. As for the loader
idea, I've never tried it but several folks have mentioned it. I
think it would work if you have a full detent on the valve so that
it allows the roller to float over the cover crop under its own
weight; in other words, no down pressure but not supporting the
weight either. I'm going to add your email to my list of interested
people and keep you posted on the manufacturing and engineering
progress. You might also want to check
out the small scale roller developed by technicians at the USDA-ARS
National Soil Dynamics Laboratory in Auburn, Ala.
Have some questions to Ask Jeff? E-mail him
directly at email@example.com.