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Re: Using the rod weeder

We had a 3-point rodweeder, too, back when we did furrow irrigation. It was PTO-powered.

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I was looking for some pics of one of these because I am about to make a side dresser out of one, trying to get it in the shop today but we will see.

Is anyone still using one? If so does anyone need parts?

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Holy crap, that is a rod weeder on steroids compared to the ones I have and use

Have a 36 ft Morris and a 48 ft Anderson, plus my pair of 8018 Morris Seedrite drills that have the rod following the seed boots. Don't use any of mine as much as I used to, but they certainly were a great machine for what they were designed for, especially those drills.
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I can't believe this was six years ago. We dragged that thing out a couple more times since I started this thread, but I don't think it's moved since 2014. One of the big drawbacks I've found is that it doesn't level worth a crap. The shanks leave a shallow trench that doesn't look too bad until you cross it with a tractor or combine; definitely have to work in the direction you want to plant. Also, since all the chains and sprockets are so old, they're probably right on the edge of failing. It's going to need a complete rebuild if we ever want to use it seriously.

A good machine, but a relic.
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Anyone else remember rodweeders as a PITA?
Back in our summerfallow days these were common, low draft, wide widths and...high maintenance.
Rodweeders were how George Morris started Morris Rodweeder in Yorkton Saskatchewan.
I thought they were just dinosaurs now but obviously not.

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Yep used one for yrs. Pulled a set of CCIL circular harrows behind it.
That set up was a slow moving wide turning bitch, but no weeds survived behind it.

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Yeah, it doesn't do hard soil. In much of our conditions the field has to be loosened up with the sweeps or disc before the rodweeder will even go into the ground. What would be most problematic would be having everything in the ground and working nicely, then hitting a localized hard spot (such as vehicle tracks next to a new pipeline). The sudden shock could break things.

I'll get you a couple pics tomorrow evening. Or Tuesday morning. Whatever.
The Morris ones had an option called Mutiplex it was a row of shanks with sweeps before the rod. It was not the total answer but helped some with hard ground, Needed mounted harrows to help with field finish.

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What size is yours?, mine measures 54' and I my last wings are not hydraulic fold.

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We had a pair of Morris 36' rod weeders, I think this was my first job! On a field that had been worked a few times the rodweeder pass left the top of the field virtually undisturbed (which helped dirt blowing)

Who remembers a Noble blade? That was a cool piece of equipment!
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We had a pair of Morris 36' rod weeders, I think this was my first job! On a field that had been worked a few times the rodweeder pass left the top of the field virtually undisturbed (which helped dirt blowing)

Who remembers a Noble blade? That was a cool piece of equipment!
One thing with the rod weeder if you had alot of smaller rocks it would lay them all up on the surface. Kept the rock picker busy.
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I still run rods every year, mainly caulkins 10 foot center drives. I have two sets of 5 on fold up hitches, and a set of 7 on a cable hitch. I also have a couple of 36 foot cultaweeders, one I fertilize with, and the other just use for weeding purposes. The 10 foot centerdrives in my opinion are the best weeder ever made, and caulkins made a lot of them.

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