1984 - Volume #8, Issue #2, Page #08[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Homemade Chisel Plow
"I like using conservation tillage equipment on our rolling silt clay loam soil here in central Ohio but I didn't want to no-till" says the Fredericktown farmer. "I either had to use a straight chisel, a heavy offset disc or powered tillage. The powered machines, cost too much to operate, the simple chisel leaves sod ground too rough, and new offsets take too much horse-power and don't come in widths small enough for my 80 hp. tractor.
"I used an 8-ft. section of 4 by 4-in. tubular steel that cost $50 new, chisel standards that I bought for $80, a 3-pt. hitch from a used subsoiler bought for $35, and bolts and paint that we had on hand. It made my light-weight offset much more effective, not only in sod but also in the fall on corn stalks to save a tillage pass in the spring.
"I run straight points on the chisel at 6 to 7 in. and the offset at 4 to 5 in. I'm able to work at speeds of 4.5 to 4.75 mph with my 80 hp. Deere tractor, which is still fast enough to make the offset effective. I extended the drawbar 18 in. with a piece of scrap channel iron and flat steel."
David McCoy, Rt. 1, 16413 Old Mansfield Rd. Fredericktown, Ohio 43019 (ph 614 397-4664).
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