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#1 middleageddeere OFFLINE  

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 06:50 PM

Well, I finally got a sleeve hitch plow a while back and was going to get a disc also bit decided to try our old drag first. Well, it worked pretty good but was really too big for our little garden. So, I decided to turn it into a cultivator. I got about $30 worth of metal and hardware and this is what I ended up with. It seems to work great, it was way to wet to really tell for sure today. This was my first welding and fabrication job ever. I think it turned out pretty good, I wished I would have used a little heaftier frame but otherwise it seems about perfect.

drag orig.jpg

sleeve culty.jpg

sleeve culty 2.jpg

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 06:53 PM

Looks like it did a good job :thumbs:
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 07:00 PM

Looks good. Did you till it first or was it all done with your cultivator?

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 07:04 PM

I plowed it about a two weeks ago, but it has done nothing but rain since, so it is almost back to the way it started. I think I may re-plow and then use this thing. I really like plowing... :dancingbanana:

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 07:09 PM

Looks pretty good to me! How about some pics of your garden?
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 07:22 PM

That's Great!! You did an excellent job for your first welding and fabrication job!! That is also a great idea for a cultivator!! :thumbs:
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 07:26 PM

Thanks for all the compliments guys. Once things dry up and I can use it proper, I will get some more/better pics of the garden. Maybe there already is, but we ought to start a "progress of your gardern" section.

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 07:48 PM

Nice work for your first fab job! It looks good and seems to work well.Any excuse for more seat time and it will beat using a hoe on the weeds!
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 07:59 PM

Great job! Nothing better than building it, then putting it to use!
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 08:06 PM

Tractormike-> Agreed!

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Posted May 06, 2012 - 08:23 PM

Nice fab work. The best part of a project is putting to work and enjoying the seat time.
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 08:25 PM

Looks just fine, and if it proves too light a frame, you can always make a beefier one later. For now this did the job of testing the design. One word of caution....working wet ground will leave you with hard clods that are very hard to break up. Sometimes taking until next year to get the soil back into softer condition.
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 09:00 PM

Sure looks good. I like the before and after pictures. Good job.
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Posted May 06, 2012 - 10:24 PM

Looks great, and very functional too.
By removing or moving one or two, you will be able to cultivate until the plants are 6" tall or so. :thumbs:

Make sure you save some extra tines, the older fatigued metal will eventually break on one or two.
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Posted May 07, 2012 - 05:47 AM

Dan-> Yeah, I know...I just couldn't resist. Plus we HAD to try it out...Thanks though...

MH81-> I have two extra and plan to pick up more when I see them if I really like the way it works. If not, I have seen cultivator shovels on ebay 10 for $30. I figure I can learn from this one and make a whole new one or modify this one with different shovels.




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