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Subsoiler Shank Breaks Up Hard-Packed Ground
Scooping up hard-packed dirt is easy if you bust it up first. Frank Orrs homemade subsoiler breaks up packed soil with a skid steer before he attaches a bucket and scoops up the dirt.
  I used an injection shank and knife from a liquid manure spreader, says Orr. I mounted them to a quick-attach plate for my skid steer.
  Backing up with the spring shank lowered into the ground breaks up packed soil. Orr can also attach a V-blade to the shank to lay tile.
  The plow is about a foot wide, and it can be used to tile about 2 ft. deep, says Orr. In hard dirt, I can use the shank with the knife first and then slide the plow on to create the furrow.
  Orr also designed the quick-attach plate for alternative uses. The steel plate has gusseted mounting plates welded to its front side. In the case of the subsoiler, the frame for the subsoiler bolts to the mounting plates. The shank bolts to the frame and to a solid steel shaft that extends forward and through the plate. On the skid steer side, the shaft is pinned to mounting plates. The entire subsoiler system can be removed with four bolts and the pin.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Frank C. Orr, 255 S. Mentzer Rd., Robins, Iowa 52328 (ph 319 378-0646).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #4