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 08-15-2004, 10:56 Post: 93585
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 Wick-Bar? Looking for plans? How do they work?

Has anyone ever built their own tractor mounted wick-bar?
I could either mount it to my FEL or to the 3pt hitch somehow - which would work better?
I want to use it in my clover fields.
I'd appreciate any advice/plans that anyone has.
I have a NH TC45 w/FEL.

Mike






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 08-15-2004, 20:57 Post: 93612
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 Wick-Bar? Looking for plans? How do they work?

Mikw, I'm assuming you're talking about the wick bars we used to make out of piece of 4 inch PVC with pieces of nylon rope that would wick Roundup out of the PVC mounted on a FEL. This was in the days before Roundup ready soybeans, so the idea was to wipe the roundup on the weeds that were taller than the beans because the Roundup would kill the beans too. They kind of worked if you went both directions so the Roundup got on both sides of the weed. If you'd check around at farm Co-op's or grain elevators that have been in busness for a long time I'd bet they still might have one of those kits in the odds and ends building somewhere to build one that Monsanto gave away to anyone who bought enough Roundup to qualify for a free one. My neighbor and I both got a kit at that time, we worked for a couple days trying to put that blanety blank thing together, when we finnaly got his done we decided to share his rather than put another one of those things together. I sent mine to the great wick bar home in the sky a while back, but if I still had it I'd give it to you for the freight to get it there. one of their real bad habits was working across a long sidehill, the Roundup all ran to the downhill end of the PVC leaking out around the dozens and dozens of fittings and dripping on the beans while the uphill end went dry puting nothing out. I did'nt mean to rain on your parade, but as Red Skelton used to say "I calls em like I seeze em". Frank.






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 08-16-2004, 09:46 Post: 93644
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 Wick-Bar? Looking for plans? How do they work?

We have used both home-made & manufactured ones for years, Frank is right on the money as far as the home-made jobs go.

There is a dutchman up here that makes them, his are different in that the rope used as a wick is pressed so tightly through the pipe that you don't get seepage around it.

There was somebody else who's design was a rotating pipe covered with loose fabric, sort of like a big paint roller, they worked better, but were fussy and expensive.

Best of luck.






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