GK Switchblade Scraper Simplifies Land Leveling

Feb 13, 2013 No Comments by

TULARE – Rice growers in central California are among those discovering the quicker, easier way the 24 foot-long GPS controlled GK Switchblade Scraper flattens out their land.

“It’s a land plane land leveler that’s GPS controlled,” said Jim Wolf with GK Machine Inc., the company out of Donald, Ore.  that manufactures the blade.  “We can put a GPS unit on each corner of the blade, actually land level to the curvature of the Earth.”

The machine, which weighs 14,000 pounds, is hauled by a tractor and is easy to operate.  The coordinates of the field are entered into the system, the blade is set to the desired level, and the tractor drags the machine around the field.  It can travel at speeds of up to 12 miles per hour.  Unlike other scrapers in the agricultural industry, the blade can fold and unfold to as small as eight feet in width for travel purposes by simply pressing a button located in the tractor cab.

“At this point in time it’s saving money, it’s safer, and it’s a very good cutting machine, so guys can move a lot of dirt in a short time,” Wolf said.

 

 

GK Machine Inc. has been manufacturing the units for a year.  There is heavy interest in several of them, and four more will be built in the company’s plant in the next four weeks.  More will be built throughout the summer to keep up with the demand.

The GK Switchblade Scraper is one of the top 10 new products featured at the World Ag Expo this year, and the blade is already getting lots of attention.

“Our hopes is to sell 20 to 25 units a year here the first couple of years, and then we’ll see where it goes from there,” Wolf said.  “Hopefully production will actually increase as we get to be more well known.”

GK Machine Inc. is located on the World Ag Expo grounds at booth spaces 045 and 047.  For more information, visit www.gkmachine.com.

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James Olinger is a native of the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from West Hills College in Coalinga, California in 2000 with an associate's degree in liberal arts. He joined Business Street in 2004 as a staff writer, and became the associate editor in 2007. He maintains that position today, writing for Business Street Online in a variety of topics.
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