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tip for disking

Postby Dave (69 lo-boy) » Mon May 08, 2006 7:41 pm

While over at an old friends house the other day when he was disking the garden I noticed a drag board on the back of his disk that was doing a great job of leveling the ground behind the disk.
Maybe this is common knowlege, but to this dummy it was a revelation, for those like me who need a clue here is a picture of the one I made for my Cub Loboy, it does a good job of knocking down the furrows the disk leaves.
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Postby Bigdog » Mon May 08, 2006 7:48 pm

Dave - we never ran a disk without a small drag behind it as I grew up. Those of us raised on a farm would be familiar with this. For those who were not - you just helped a lot of them work their gardens.
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Postby Super A » Tue May 09, 2006 7:01 am

For those who build a drag board, I would suggest a design that allows it to float like Dave's. If you have it locked "rigid" it will drag a lot of dirt and really eat up horsepower.

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Postby Psycho » Tue May 09, 2006 8:38 am

Revelation to this New Yorker!

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Postby Rudi » Tue May 09, 2006 8:55 am

Dave:

Hmmmmm :!: Another idea for my disc harrow... might save using the spring harrow, although I doubt it for this year... I need to do some major re-levelling.

I see that you treated it with what.. Mr. Getty's premium 10W30 :?: :?: :!: :shock: :arrow: :wink: :lol:
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Postby Merlin » Tue May 09, 2006 6:15 pm

This post got me thinking. I haven't read anything about row shapers. After making up the rows, put a row shaper under the tractor and smooth the rows out smooth as glass and round also. I always use one.

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Postby beaconlight » Tue May 09, 2006 6:42 pm

Sounds as if we are getting into cultipackers.

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Postby George Willer » Tue May 09, 2006 7:56 pm

That device reminded me of the "planker" I haven't thought about for many years. We used one in the forties, and pulled it with horses. It's made from 4 to 6 planks nailed together with each succeeding plank nailed to the top of the previous one with the leading edge nailed over the top of the trailing edge of the preceeding one. Each plank rolls and smashes any clods in turn. The resulting surface can be very smooth. If it doesn't work well enough, weight can be added by simply shovelling dirt on it.
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Postby Merlin » Tue May 09, 2006 9:15 pm

This is me around 13 years old "boarding off rows". If we needed weight we would usually use as many sacks of fertilizer as it took to get it as smooth as desired. This board would do two rows at a time.

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Postby Jim Becker » Tue May 09, 2006 9:39 pm

After disking my garden this year, it needed some smoothig up (not to mention the clods that were still there). I chained a half-rotten pallet behind the Cadet. After running both lengthwise and crosswise, the garden was in much better shape.

I then towed the remainder of the pallet straight to the trash bin, where it was easily reduced to pieces that fit in the bin.

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Postby Super A » Wed May 10, 2006 7:21 am

Merlin wrote:This post got me thinking. I haven't read anything about row shapers. After making up the rows, put a row shaper under the tractor and smooth the rows out smooth as glass and round also. I always use one.


If the soil is sandy enough, I just set the hillers relatively straight so they don't throw quite as hard. Usually makes a fairly flat-topped row. If you are in heavy soil, it may not work as well.

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Postby Hengy » Wed May 10, 2006 7:57 am

George Willer wrote:That device reminded me of the "planker" I haven't thought about for many years. We used one in the forties, and pulled it with horses. <snip>


I recall the "planker" from the 70's and early 80's pulled behind my uncle's cub...made for very smooth soil that was GREAT for planting a lawn.

George Willer wrote:If it doesn't work well enough, weight can be added by simply shovelling dirt on it.


Another good set of "planker weights" would be me and my cousins when we were little. We had a blast being pulled around on the boards behind the tractor! You did have to watch out for the rusty nails sticking up from the boards, though!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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