plowing question

Sat Jul 31, 2004 7:52 pm

I want to take my cub to Cub-A-Rama this year with her 193 moldboard plow. I have never plowed with it or for that matter have never plowed at all. I wanted to try it out down there so there will be plenty who have plowed can guide me. My question is, do I have to have my rear wheel weights on to plow? Thanks for your help

Sat Jul 31, 2004 8:10 pm


I plow my sandy soil to full depth without weights, but I doubt you can plow that heavy soil at Fredricktown without. One problem...if a wheel starts to spin, the tractor (and the plow) lowers a little, stopping you instantly.

Sat Jul 31, 2004 8:24 pm

Chuck, you might send Jamie an email and see if there is going to be any place to plow before you set it up, but as George said the soil at Fredericktown is heavy (lot of clay) and unless it has been recently broken up a set of wheel weights will be needed, or might get by with chains. Also be sure your molboard is shiny metal and not rusty or painted. A sander wheel in a drill or angle grinder works good for that, followed by a coat of grease or spray wax to keep it from rusting.

Sun Aug 01, 2004 8:21 am

Where I live in up state NY wheel weights are a must both front & rear.
We even have our rear tires loaded & somethimes still spin out.
John for get the chains as when you do spin you just sink twice as fast. :oops: :oops: found that out the hard way. :wink:
PS: a shiney molboard is a must.

Sun Aug 01, 2004 8:46 am

I've never tried to plow without wheelweights here, but the first time I broke my garden spot here I still had my chains on from plowing snow and they helped. I was plowing Fescue sod in ground that had a lot of clay and hadn't been broken for 15 to 20 years. Wish I'd had my disk plow then.

molboard is shiny metal and not rusty or painted

Sun Aug 01, 2004 9:36 am

(molboard is shiny metal and not rusty or painted)

I understand the not rusty and shiny metal, however, what is the draw back to painted?


Sun Aug 01, 2004 9:56 am

The same as rust the dirt will stick.

Sun Aug 01, 2004 12:59 pm

Back when my Dad was in his teens ha was working for a man that got a new plow for his F 20. The molboards came coated with a shellac type substance and instruction on how to remove it before plowing. Being a typical teenage know it all Dad decided that there was no need to remove it and that he would wear it off plowing. About an hour later he was back at the barn following the instructions.

Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:24 pm

Three of us did a plowing demonstration last year at Cub-Arama with Cub Cadets and 10" Brinly plows, and the area we used had been building sites that had been razed. Lots of heavy clay, rocks, bricks, and tree roots. Pulling the plows 6-7" deep with about 3 sets of wheel weights (same as Cub front weights) was not too much of a problem, but the roots and some of the old building materials would stop you rather quickly. You will probably want to use the Cub rear weights unless they use a different area to plow this year.