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Farmall M, Super M, 400, 450 & 560 Tractors, 1939-1963

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farmall M

Tue Oct 11, 2005 2:44 pm

Would a 1947 Farmall M be able to pull a 4 bottom 14 inch plow through sandy soil or should it be cut down to a 3 bottom, and would it be able to pull a 10ft disc? thanks

Tue Oct 11, 2005 4:48 pm

3 - 14's is about the limit for an M. It would probably handle a 10 foot disk in most soils but you might have to use second gear in the heavy stuff.

Sat Oct 29, 2005 3:30 am

I agree with BigDog...You're really pushing the envelope expecting an "M" to pull a 4 bottom plow (2 to 3 is much more like it) :wink:

Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:23 am

We used to pull a 4-12 trailer type plow with the M's I don't think there was even a manufacturer name on the plow, but I don't think it was an IHC. It had long "landsides", and rolling coulters. It may have been something they created out of the mule-team plows (My great uncles used mules through the 1950's).

The soil here is heavy red clay, and it was 1st and 2nd all the way. Of course, with the clay, you don't need any real speed to flip the soil. I never plowed in sandy soil, so I don't know what to tell you to expect.

Sat Oct 29, 2005 10:34 am

I never had any delaings with sandy soil and only limited dealings with an M, but my Father was experienced with both when he farmed the bottoms along the Bourbouse river. he told me that 3 16 was a pretty heavy load for an M in them. one other thing they did was to use "hard surface" welding rods to lput an extra layer of metla on the plow share. He said that made them last much longer in the sandy soil.
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