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#1 MH81 ONLINE  

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Posted August 05, 2012 - 09:08 PM

I had an hour to assemble all the parts for my potato digger today. I need to do a little tweaking, but the build seems fine and it will dig down about 7-8" before I loose traction. It brings most of them up & makes it much easier to dig the others.

We're not expecting quite as much yield as last year down here, but up at Dad's the hills we've dug are promising. Anyways, some pics of the first incarnation.
Here it is up on the cement "blocks" with the shoe down.
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.Down off the blocks and noticing I need to adjust more.
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One thing to do is to drill another set of holes and raise the shoe about two inches. I've lots of depth, but i need a little more clearance. Even an inch would do.
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Posted August 05, 2012 - 09:09 PM

Nice!
I need to get one for the Bolens :D
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Posted August 05, 2012 - 10:07 PM

I use a horse drawn middle buster, which works great
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Posted August 06, 2012 - 04:26 AM

Nice tool. I see you have weights and chains, and still loose traction?
Is your soil rock hard from no rain like most of the country this year?
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Posted August 06, 2012 - 04:35 AM

Looks good, Alan! There's always tweaking involved with things like this. You'll get it there.
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Posted August 06, 2012 - 06:49 AM

Nice tool. I see you have weights and chains, and still loose traction?
Is your soil rock hard from no rain like most of the country this year?


Actually, it had just rained about two hours before. I'm not sure if the spinning was caused by soft on top or hard underneath.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 07:45 AM

Interesting looking implement. Could you get a shot with it sunk in the dirt? I'm curious about how far it is going and how it is turning the soil over.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 08:31 AM

Looks good , I'm not far on mine , I found this which have rods to help sift the dirt out of the potatoes , I'm going to try doing that on mine , if I ever finish it lol , Al

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 11:30 AM

Alan, looking good. I hope you post some pictures of it in use. I love freshly dug potatoes.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 12:38 PM

Well you could alway go find the orginal attachment made to do that job.



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Posted August 06, 2012 - 02:44 PM

That looks great Alan! The tweaking is half the fun isn't it? Anyone else want to see some video of it working? :anyone:
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Posted August 06, 2012 - 05:03 PM

Maybe you need to adjust the plow angle to throw the dirt up (if this makes sense) .

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 05:15 PM

Well you could alway go find the orginal attachment made to do that job.
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I would love to get one. Someday I'll find one in my price bracket.

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Posted August 06, 2012 - 05:17 PM

I have it adjusted so it has about 5 degrees heel lift at 8" in.

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Posted August 23, 2012 - 09:09 AM

That looks great Alan! The tweaking is half the fun isn't it? Anyone else want to see some video of it working? :anyone:


Vid.. yes vid.. We all love vids...




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