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#1 frenchy OFFLINE  

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 10:16 AM

So I wanted to start a new thread for the cultivator that I built based on Shorty's culitvator and not steal his thunder!

If you see by the pics, I used actual shanks and shovels from a large cultivator (possibly CAT2 or higher) and actually managed to get it to work. I was able to dig about 3 inches deep with incredibly dull shovels. I'll be hitting Keystone Ag here in Steinbach MB to get a couple new shovels and try it out more this weekend. I need to get a better handle on the height controls etc. I feel I can do a better job in that respect.

As always, feedback is much appreciated. You guys always have great ideas!

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 10:39 AM

Your culitvator came out great ! I'm thinking your going deep enough . I'm not 100% sure on it but I think the culitvators you have mounted are only for going just under the soil surface 1" or 2 .and killing the weeds that have sprouted . From what I've read that keeps any weed seeds that are deeper from coming up to the surface and sprouting . , Al
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 01:20 PM

Thanks Alc. I talked to my buddy that gave me the shanks and he said 3" max. Are there other heads that would go deeper? spikes of sorts?

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Posted April 12, 2012 - 04:38 PM

Now that should loosen up some ground. Cool build, frenchy!
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 05:03 PM

Nice fab work Frenchy, when you said about using those big chisels I was wandering how you will get the heighth distance thats needed. If you still have plenty of traction, you could hang some weights on it for added down pressure. Thanks for the pics.
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Posted April 12, 2012 - 08:05 PM

Frenchy not too sure of all the different styles of shanks and sweeps , I use a sweep like the one you have on your tractor a my high wheel hoe just to cut off the weeds below the surface . On my PK I have this style , pictured #1 ,

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 08:45 AM

Thanks all! Alc, a friend of mine told me that same style in #1 is best in tree lines. Gotta figure out how to rig that up!

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Posted April 13, 2012 - 11:01 AM

There is practically an unlimited number of sweeps you can bolt to your shanks. You can do about anything you want once you find the ones that suit you best.

I'm going to link you to one of the bigger mail order suppliers in the lower 48.
If you go to this site and type Cultivator Sweeps in the search box it will show you many variieties. available.
You may likely find what you need closer to home.

http://www.agrisuppl...CFcqa7QodEXcREQ

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Posted April 16, 2012 - 01:27 PM

Great link JD. I'll check the local Ag shop here, i think I have even seen some shovels there in stock.

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 09:11 AM

Here are some update pictures. I included a couple pics of the land that i'm having to break up. I tried the cultivator last night with the old worn shovels and it worked pretty decent. I'll be going to get new shovels today though. I want to maximize the usage as best I can.

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Posted April 17, 2012 - 07:07 PM

Looking good from Oklahoma! May have to look for some of those!

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 08:04 PM

Just felt I should post some pics of the garden after using this beast. I quickly learned that without my hydraulic lift, that cultivator would just keep digging deeper and deeper. As you'll see in the pic, I installed a wheel based adjustment. This allows me to control the depth pretty decent and allows me to actually tow this thing around from spot to spot instead of using my brute force!

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 08:13 PM

That did a good job in your garden. With the big shovels do you have trouble with traction? Looks like some fun seat time.

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 08:21 PM

Those sweep cutters do a great job! Now the tractor....isn't that a AMF version of the MF14?

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Posted May 07, 2012 - 06:38 AM

I like how that works, now I need to build one.........as soon as I get this truck load of widgets unloaded, sorted, counted and reloaded.




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