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Home-Built Garden Chisel Plow
When John Marley of Loami, Ill., and his friend, Jack Ethel of Athens, Ill., needed a small utility chisel for garden work, they decided to try to put together something on their own.
They needed a maneuverable implement that could be used on small plots and got the idea of bolting old cultivator shanks to a 3-pt. mounted blade.
"I couldn't believe how well it worked," Marley says. "It's just the right size for a small garden and does a great job breaking up hardpan."
The home-built chisel has four tines and Marley says it's just big enough to really dig deep and break up the soil yet small enough to fit into small plots, working ends and corners in ways that would not be possible with a pull-type field chisel.
"The blade already had two holes in it so all we had to do was make two more. The tines extend down just far enough so that the blade works to level the ground when we go back over the second time working cross-ways."
Once they've worked the soil with their chisel, the men go back over again with a rotary tiller to prepare a seedbed.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, John Marley, Rt. 1, Loami, Ill. 62661.

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1992 - Volume #16, Issue #4