1985 - Volume #9, Issue #3, Page #09[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Whirlwind Terracing Plow"I was looking for a tool to rebuild terraces which could be simply hooked up and pulled by an average tractor," reports Adrian Arnold, Tipton, Kan., who built his own "whirlwind" terracing plow.
"When rebuilding terraces, I run the tractor engine slower so dirt is rolled in a hump. On the next round, I run the tractor faster to throw dirt on top of the first pass," he explains.
The base of his terracer is a heavy-duty Case 5-14 plow. He removed the first and fifth bottoms and spaced out the remaining three bottoms to make room for the augers. He also replaced the moldboards with metal plates and mounted a steel plate under each auger to prevent dragging. The 14-in. shares were replaced by 18-in. shares and the shanks reinforced with ¢-in. plate steel.
Three augers are belt-driven off a field cutter gearbox. Powered by 1,000 rpm pto tractor power, the first auger runs at 950 rpms, the second at 970, and the third at 1,050.
Arnold notes that the plow first had four augers but he took one off because it made the unit too hard too pull. He says a 120 hp. or larger tractor works well.
He also equipped the unit with a motorcycle wheel and odometer for keeping track of mileage when doing custom work.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Adrian's Mfg., Adrian Arnold, Box 127, Tipton, Kan. 67485 (ph 913 373-5685).
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