Smashing stalks

01/25/2011 @ 2:38pm

Tired of those sharp, stiff cornstalks chewing up your tractor tires and tracks? Tire companies like Bridgestone-Firestone, Goodyear-Titan, Michelin Ag, and others are testing new compounds and designs to make tires more resilient to stalk puncture. Until they find a solution, company representatives recommend installing mechanical devices geared to minimize damage by smashing stalks before tires drive over them.

Knock down those stalks with the latest innovation from Ringsted Welding & Fabrication, Inc. – the RWF Stalk Smasher. Designed using input and suggestions from farmers, the device features a hydraulic system for full-range adjustment without the hassle of replacing springs, load devices, or poly. With a 5-inch-square tool bar and a 3½-inch-diameter solid steel shaft, the Stalk Smasher is wide enough for all tracks and duals. With the proper mounting bracket, the device can be transferred to many different tractors that might encounter stalks in the field.

How It Works

A 3-inch cylinder controls the lift of the Stalk Smasher, which provides a full 14 inches of lift for ground clearance. Smasher bars are free-floating. Four heavy-duty greasable pins allow the bars to move freely over rocks and other obstacles.

“The Stalk Smasher should have a long life because there are no springs or short pivot points on it. It’s just beefy steel,” says Daryl Luke, a farmer from Ringsted, Iowa.

The glossy black powder-coat finish helps the Stalk Smasher withstand the wear and tear of fieldwork.

No drilling or welding is necessary to install. Simply bolt the unit together with the matching mount bracket for your tractor, and you’re ready to go.

“It’s very easy to install. I just drove the nose of the tractor up to it and bolted it on,” notes Luke.

Kits are available for nearly all current John Deere, Case IH, New Holland, Caterpillar, and Versatile tractor models. New kits are continuously being developed for additional models. Kit comes complete and ready to be installed on your tractor. A mounting kit for your specific model tractor is included, along with a 5×5-inch toolbar, Smasher bars, and pivots. Hydraulic hoses are not included.

Depending on your tractor model, the suggested retail price ranges from $3,995 to $4,395.

“The Stalk Smasher is a lot cheaper to own than it is to replace damaged tires every couple of years,” says Luke.

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