Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:55 am
Anyone have a good idea for a drag.
I have everything worked up into from 4 to 24 inches of dust (this is Arizona
I want to seed and drag in the next couple of weeks...about 3 A... Wish I had a nice drop spreader like Donny.
Any ideas are appreciated.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:35 pm
Piece of chain link fencing or old metal bed spring. Both could be adapted for pick-up on fast-hitch.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 2:26 pm
old bed spring i have seen used quite often. We used a piece of I beam on the farm. It was huge. Loader barley could pick it up.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 5:00 pm
Chain link fence works good if the material is real fine. Old bed box spring works well if the material is a bit larger.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 6:44 pm
Neighbors gate, cattle panel, pine tree, make up one out of scrap lumber. Looped heavy log chain with a board used as a spacer. Couple of tire chains hooked together with a board used as a spacer.
Seeder. The large 2 wheeled push type from garden centers work well if the area is not terribly large.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:16 pm
I have a buddy who uses I-Beam and it works and it works well
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:20 pm
You can make an A Frame drag out of Lumber very easy and it pulls well [ just make in the shape of an A ] If you have access to RR spikes they can be drove into the wood by drilling a hole a bit smaller than the spike , if you want to get fancy
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:38 pm
I also have a friend in Hope, Arizona who made an A shapped metal frame and welded railroad spikes to the frame. It works well in the Arizona sandy soil.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:06 pm
I use a piece of 6ft chain link with a round fence post for weight.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 8:35 pm
My drag is 6 tires laying on their side bolted into a big triangle shape with fender washers and nyloc nuts so the tires are not tight against one another but can move. You have to rig the tow chain so it pulls flat, I pull mine behind the disc usually. It does a nice job of crumbling the clods and smoothing the ridges but flexes some so it wont try to bulldoze bowling lanes. Just smooth out the high spots. You can pile whatever on top if you need more weight but I use it as is I don't want extra compaction. I'll take a pic tomorrow.
Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:30 pm
If you are wanting something to drag after broadcast seeding small seed, you want something that only does minimal disturbing of the soil. The chain link fence idea will probably work well. You should also run a soil pulverizer or roller after draging.
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:05 am
Here the tire drag. I am betting it would work good for pressing in grass seed too. Its tire recycling
the chain is not hooked like this when I use it the neighbor used it and moved the chain. There is a eye bolt that sticks out of the side wall of the front tire that the chain passes through to go to the bolt between the center tires. Its pulled from between the center tires and the eye bolt just keeps it from spinning. Mark
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:11 am
Looks like a creative approach.
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:19 am
I have used a piece of 10 x 10 pine about 8 feet long. I watched a friend use I-beam and it worked a little better than the pine due to weight but it was all I had at the time.
Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:41 am
My uncle used to have a drag to pull after he finished discing with the 23A. The drag was a very simple affair made up of 6 each 2 x 10 x 8feet boards nailed together "clapboard-style" (like lap siding). He had a chain attached to each end of the leading board and that hooked to the fasthitch pullbar. For ballast, he used to use us kids...1 or two if the ground didn't need much grab...5 or 6 if they needed more ballast! Course with a kid like me, I was more like two NORMAL kids in weight! (well not quite that bad, but almost!)...
Mike in La Crosse, WI
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