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Mini "Sod Buster" Chisel Plow
Frank Miller is a retired machinist who enjoys working a few acres to raise a variety of garden crops. His need to work up small patches of sod prompted him to come up with a 3-pt. mounted, 3-sweep chisel plow. It's built entirely out of scrap metal.
  "I call it my Sod Buster because I use it to bust up old pasture land around my existing gardens," says Miller. "I have three different plots that total about two acres, on which I grow melons. The chisel plow is only 3 ft. wide. I use my Deere 4010 to pull it and can go down about 10 inches."
  The chisel plow is equipped with three sweeps off an old row crop cultivator - a single sweep up front and the other two about 4 in. behind it.
  The front-mounted sweep is welded to a vertical length of 2-in. dia. pipe. The shanks on the other two sweeps are welded directly to a horizontal piece of 3 1/2-in. dia. pipe. Quick hitch fittings mount on each end of the pipe.
  A bolted-on wood board provides a place to add weights to apply downpressure.
  "I built it because I didn't have a moldboard plow. I use the chisel plow to dig deep to let moisture in. Then I make a pass over the loosened ground with my 3-pt. mounted, 7-ft. disk," says Miller. "It didn't cost much to build because I already had the sweeps."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Frank Miller, RR 2, Box 249, Beecher City, Ill. 62414 (ph 618 487-5429).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #2