When designing our harrow tine we tested many different
types of steel hardness and thickness. Our testing showed that anything over 1/2"
(.5") diameter was too sluggish and collected too much trash. Plus, mild steel is prone to
wear prematurely and/or spread open. We attempted heat treating the tines, but like cast
iron it made the tine too brittle and was prone to break when hit.
Therefore we decided to use a high-quality slimmer steel rod to form our tine.
The high-quality rod, combined with our precise manufacturing techniques, creates a harrow tine that can
last three times longer than inferior foreign imports.
We begin with a 1/2" (.5") 1038 carbon spring
steel rod. The rod is then drawn (or pulled) through a .452" die. This is
the real secret to our tine strength, because by drawing the steel it gives the
steel rod an additional 20,000 lbs. tensile strength! By drawing the steel,
rather than heat treating our tine, we increase the steel strength without
compromising the steel's integrity.
We use a computerized bender to form the steel rod ensuring
consistent form and function. This consistency allows our
tines to wear at the same rate, which eliminates the need to replace individual
tines. All tines are 4 1/2" long and are held at a 120 degree angle in the
aggressive mode. The 120 degree angle creates the perfect balance between
penetration and trash clearance.
Each harrow section comes in seamless single widths, so
there is no streaking, no need to tie together sections, and no binding/tangling.
We offer two piece sections (front and rear) for our drawbar harrows, and single piece sections for our larger 3pt harrows, mounted harrows, and harrow carts. Instead of smaller old-style hooks that are placed through holes in the drawbar, we use welded front rings that wrap around the drawbar. The
welded ring allows free movement to stop binding and premature wear, and also
eliminates unhooking during use. The open rear rings are designed so they may be hooked
and unhooked when needed, but not out in the field when the harrow is in use.
The tines can be pulled in the aggressive mode (tines
standing up), less aggressive mode (tines laying flat), or upside down (tines pointing up in the air).
Who says that you can't find a quality American-made product
anymore? While foreign manufacturers cut costs by using the cheapest materials
and labor, we refuse to manufacture a product that wears out too quickly,
breaks apart, or functions unevenly. Farm equipment isn't supposed to be
disposable, and we have created a product that even our grandfathers would be