Tractor Mounted on “Stilts” Is Used to Dust and Detassel Corn (Sep, 1954)

Someone should bring this thing to a monster truck rally. What would it’s monster truck name be? The Detassler is a bit whimpy for my tastes.

Tractor Mounted on “Stilts” Is Used to Dust and Detassel Corn

Moving slowly through the sweet-corn fields of California is a weird tractor on stilts. The tractor is used to dust and detassel the high corn. The builder started with a 21-horsepower crawler tractor. He raised the tractor chassis including the motor and transmission so there would be 78 inches of clearance beneath it. Side frames—the “stilts”—support the tractor in this position. Additional sprockets and links of track were installed on each side. The result is a tractor that rolls through the high corn, dusting and detasseling it even during wet weather when rubber-tired tractors bog down in the mud. It has 6-1/2 feet clearance and straddles two rows of corn while dusting 12. A framework across the back holds the dusting equipment. During detasseling, men ride on hangers dropped down between the rows alongside the tractor.

2 comments
  1. BadCubby says: February 26, 20087:56 pm

    “The Detassler is a bit whimpy for my tastes.”

    Depends on how much you want to keep your tassles.

  2. Tractor Mounted on Stilts | David's Farm Blog says: February 14, 20098:26 pm

    [...] During detasseling, men ride on hangers dropped down between the rows alongside the tractor. Source: Popular Mechanics (Sept 1954) addthis_url = ‘http%3A%2F%2Fdavid.farmnet.com.au%2F2009%2F02%2F15%2Ftractor-mounted-on-stilts%2F’; [...]

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