«Previous    Next»
Giant 67 Ft Blade Plow
"I needed a plow that could cover a lot of ground under difficult soil conditions and that could handle the power of a 650 hp. tractor," says John Hall, Hereford, Tex.
"In early 1980 I built a 44-ft., 3-section frame blade plow for my 310 hp. Versa-tile 4-WD. I built the plow out of 6 by 8 by 3/8-in. wall steel tubing which has the strength and weight needed to penetrate the rock hard soil conditions we some-times have here on the Texas high plains.
"When I traded my Versatile in for a 650 hp. Big Bud tractor, I built two outer wings for the 44-ft. plow, making a total of 67 ft. I had to redesign the 6 gauge wheel assemblies to handle the extra weight.
"The plow cuts a 67-ft. wide swath and has 20 shanks and blades on 40-in. centers and weighs approximately 35,000 lbs. It has 18 wheels and tires with 12 hydraulic cylinders that raise and lower the unit. Eight hydraulic cylinders fold the 5-section frame to a transport height of 21 ft.
"I built and designed every piece on this plow including shanks, clamps, walking beam gauge wheel assemblies to the big V-blades which can be removed and replaced with subsoil points that fit the 1 1,2 by 10 by 32-in. shanks. I can rip as deep as 12 in. when running the subsoil points.
"Each gauge wheel assembly on the center section has four wheels mounted on a walking beam so that the front two wheels and rear two wheels float independently. That means all 4 wheels carry an equal load even on uneven terrain.
"The plow frame is constructed of three main beams of 6 by 8-in. tubing and crossed-braced with 4 by 7-in. wall tubing. The tongue is 6 by 8-in. tubing. It runs all the way under the frame to the rear and is overlayed and cross-braced with 4 by 4-in. tubing on top of the plow frame.
"I use the plow primarily for the first trip over hard ground and then followup with my 80-ft. Friggstad chisel plow with 16-in. sweeps on it. When seeding, I add an 80-ft. Econo-Rod behind the Friggstad chisel for leveling and final seedbed preparation and also pull two 40-ft. Crust-Buster wheat drills behind the 80-ft. Friggstad plow. This method of plowing and planting all iri one trip saves me a lot of time and conserves valuable moisture."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John M. Hall, Rt. 4, Box 154, Hereford, Tex. 79045 (ph 806 289-5825).

  Click here to download page story appeared in.

  Click here to read entire issue

To read the rest of this story, download this issue below or click here to register with your account number.
Order the Issue Containing This Story
1990 - Volume #14, Issue #2