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Posted October 31, 2010 - 07:48 PM

My Dad and I finally plowed our first garden together with our garden tractors. He used his Bolens 600 and I used the Massey MF12. It was a nice day out, a little chilly in the morning but it did warm up to be comfortable by later afternoon.

We measured everything out and no lie we started in the center but with the way the ground slopes the downhill half was getting plowed faster then the topside half. The Bolens 600 has wheel weights on it and turf tires. Dad put his tire chains on. It did a good job but needed more weight and the Brinly was setup for on the back of the Massey from the Little Guys Tractor show. Dad made a bunch of passes and his foot was starting to get sore so we put a set of chains on the Massey MF12 and I plowed for a while. We had to adjust the plow to not go so deep because it was nothing but rocks.

It was almost like there used to be a parking area or something there and they covered it with top soil. The Massey seemed to do pretty good considering I don't have any weights for it. I need to fix 2nd gear in it so I can use that instead of 3rd, it was a little too fast and there were times when the plow came out of the furrow.

Dad gave it another shot then with the 600 since we adjusted the plow. This time he sat on the left of the seat and the left fender, it apparently wasn't too enjoyable and a good thing I was already born LMAO.

I helped the 600 along a couple times by standing on the sleeve hitch to help the left rear wheel get traction. The Bolens like to pull wheelies.

We shot some video and I put it together quick, you will see I added some notes and also the credit roll.

The downhill side didn't make it all the way to our marks as I ended up pulling up a couple tree roots that were 3 - 4" diameter.

Here is the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ozNZ3m4xk



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Posted October 31, 2010 - 07:55 PM

A little fast......Ya think?......lol

Cool video .......

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Posted October 31, 2010 - 07:57 PM

A little fast......Ya think?......lol

Cool video .......


I wanted to make sure the dirt flopped over :poke:

I need to put new detents in my tranny as it won't stay in 2nd and 1st is too slow. I did however use first for the last couple of passes to make sure I got it straight.

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Posted October 31, 2010 - 07:58 PM

Boy, that camera sure adds about 50lbs. Think I might have to trade it in. :D

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Posted October 31, 2010 - 08:20 PM

Boy, that camera sure adds about 50lbs. Think I might have to trade it in. :D

Nope, just need to put it on the Bolens. Then it'll plow fine. :D

George, Is the bolens a little wider tractor by chance? It looked like the plow was taking a bigger bite & was part of the reason she wasn't rolling the sod over. That & speed. Neither one is lacking for power & you guys did a nice job. All ready for spring & the snow hasn't even gotten here yet.

Thanks for the vid!

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Posted October 31, 2010 - 09:00 PM

That was a really good video. Wow. Third gear plowing. It looked like it worked well. Thanks for the video.

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 04:49 AM

Looks like you guys had a lot of fun.That's a great video,and I liked the credits rolling at the end.Thanks for sharing this video with us George.

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 05:37 AM

Great Video George!

No offense to the massey, but the Bolens was the best part :D

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 06:02 AM

Nope, just need to put it on the Bolens. Then it'll plow fine. :D

George, Is the bolens a little wider tractor by chance? It looked like the plow was taking a bigger bite & was part of the reason she wasn't rolling the sod over. That & speed. Neither one is lacking for power & you guys did a nice job. All ready for spring & the snow hasn't even gotten here yet.

Thanks for the vid!

The Bolens front is not as wide as the Massey and the plow was set up for us at the Little Guys Show on the Massey by somebody that knew what they were doing. We are still learning but it sure is fun! :dancingbanana:

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 06:12 AM

An easy way for adjusting the depth is to place a block under the left rear wheel and then adjust the plow so it sets even with the ground.
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Posted November 01, 2010 - 06:43 AM

An easy way for adjusting the depth is to place a block under the left rear wheel and then adjust the plow so it sets even with the ground.


That's a good idea.:thumbs:

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 07:09 AM

Both tractors seem like they plow pretty good , do they have some kind of locking rears ?

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 07:17 AM

Neither one has a locking rear. They did both do pretty good like they had locking rears. With the Bolens being narrower it leaned a little more in the furrow and the left tire would spin sometimes but once you got a little weight on the left tire she pulled right through.

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 07:22 AM

Thanks for sharing the video :) That's a BIG garden!!!! Wanting to plow myself now :thumbs:

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Posted November 01, 2010 - 07:57 AM

I wish I had the hitch set up on mine! I just cleaned out mine yesterday and burnt anything that would burn. Then I ran it all down with the mower! Next step is to clean up the burn pile and give her a fall tilling!

(PS, a mower deck does wonders to keep a fire burning hot!) LOL




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