Not All toolbars are built for the rigors of strip-till. That's not a problem with a new front-fold toolbar built by Harvest International, Cherokee, IA.
“The toolbar was designed and patented by Milford Friesen, who built the original front-fold toolbar in the early 1990s,” says Jeff Sivinski, vice president and co-owner of Harvest International. “He redesigned the original bar with heavier steel. The frame has a 7×7 toolbar to carry row units, and a 5×9 toolbar to carry the load and distribute the draft. Both toolbars are ⅜ in. thick. All parts of the frame are laser cut and powder coated.”
The bar is available in 30-, 40- and 60-ft. widths, although the company also is licensed to manufacture 90- and 120-ft. toolbars.
Farmers can buy just the toolbar or choose from several options, according to Sivinski. “We sell the toolbars equipped with Dawn Pluribus row units,” he says. “We also offer a 5½-ton dry fertilizer tank that mounts on the toolbar. It's built out of 409 stainless steel, powder coated and equipped with a Montag metering unit. For guys using anhydrous, there's an optional hitch.
“The frame is designed to be a multipurpose unit,” Sivinski continues. “It's built to take the weight of whatever farmers want to do. It can be used as a planter toolbar and will handle all the attachments a farmer wants to put on it. Some customers are toying with the idea of using the bar with planter units in the spring and strip-till units in the fall.”
Prices are $39,500 for the 30-ft. toolbar; $45,250 for the 40-ft. unit; and $66,000 for the 60-ft. unit. The fertilizer tank and meter are a $21,200 option. Harvest International is sold out of toolbars for the spring season but will have the full line available this fall.