POWER FARMING

26 March 1999




POWER FARMING

Edited by David Cousins

The Power Farming

section, as regular readers will know, is always on the lookout for useful bits of workshop kit. Sometimes these arrive with a bit of a fanfare, promise a lot but then dont deliver. Others pop up quietly, often in an allied industry, but prove to be a useful addition to any farm workshop.

The air-powered surfacing tool featured this month, which is designed to

scrabble about in places too small for a

conventional grinder to reach, is a good case of the latter. At £65, it wont cost you the earth either.

This month we also revisit another of the winners in last years FW/Barclays Bank farm inventions

competition. Father and son farming and

contracting team Brian

and Mike Anning needed a mower that was fast enough to keep ahead of a 380hp self-propelled forager. The answer was to build their own mower – all 24ft of it. We explain how they overcame the obvious mechanical problems involved in building such a wide piece of kit.

Finally, our occasional How Does it Work series enters the sometimes bewildering world of GPS equipment. We take the back off a yield-mapping device and try to work out what makes it tick.


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