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#1 freedhardwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted September 17, 2013 - 07:21 PM

I debated wether to start this thread now or not because it will probably be several weeks before I get it all done.

 

I grew up on a small farm and have worked on large farms. I have used tractors from 10 to 400 hp and pulled all types and sizes of equipment behind them.

 

I was wanting some tough, heavy duty implements to pull with my Case 446 in my garden and I didn't want to spend a lot so I decided to make my own.

 

I found and bought a 6' drag disc about 60 miles away thinking an offset disc made with 2 of the gangs would cut out the tracks of my tractor. When I got it home I found out it wasn't going to be quite big enough. So much for my accurate eyeballs. :mad2:

 

As I was disassembling it, I knew I could cut the 4 axles and weld together 2 the right length, but wasn't looking forward to the extra work.

 

Two days later I found another drag disc 40 miles away that was the exact same brand and model and was 8' wide. :dancingbanana:  I bought it, got it disassembled, cleaned 2 of the bearings, matched the blades, and got one gang all put together except for needing some new springs on the scrapers.

 

I found a 10' field cultivator 70 miles away about the same time I found the discs and finally called about it and bought it. That was a bigger chore taking it apart than both discs because of all the 1/2" solid rivets holding things together.

 

My goal is to build a disc, hiller, field cultivator, row cultivator, ripper/subsoiler, middlebuster, and make a few extra tools to sell to make back part of the money spent on the 3 original tools.

 

 

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Posted September 17, 2013 - 07:25 PM

Sounds like you have it figured out. At least these will be strong enough to handle it!



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Posted September 17, 2013 - 07:28 PM

Welcome to GTTalk. That looks like a very ambitious project. Thanks for the pictures and we would really appreciate seeing some photos of the conversion process. 



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Posted September 17, 2013 - 07:47 PM

Ooooo... Another cool build thread in the making. :thumbs:

Looking forward to it.

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Posted September 17, 2013 - 08:18 PM

Welcome to GTtalk! That is sounding like a fun project.  :thumbs:



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Posted September 17, 2013 - 08:20 PM

Neat idea/



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Posted September 17, 2013 - 11:52 PM

Welcome to GTT. Nice to see another person that builds their own. Good Luck, Rick



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Posted September 18, 2013 - 06:19 AM

Another smart, ambitious member to make the rest of us look bad! Welcome!!!



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Posted September 18, 2013 - 08:27 AM

Welcome!!!

 

If were close enough I had known you were looking, I have a 6' or maybe wider set of disc I may scrap, you could've used for parts. Frame is broken on it. I had thought of cutting it up and making me some implements out of it for my tractors



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Posted September 18, 2013 - 07:20 PM

Welcome!!!

 

If were close enough I had known you were looking, I have a 6' or maybe wider set of disc I may scrap, you could've used for parts. Frame is broken on it. I had thought of cutting it up and making me some implements out of it for my tractors

Thanks for the offer. I should be set pretty good with what I have now. Also, I think there might be some distance between us. I'm about 30 miles from Illinois.

 

Thanks to everyone else for the comments.

 

I couldn't find this picture earlier. This gang has 17" blades and weighs 180 pounds already without the 3 pt hitch. The hitch will probably add another 20 or 30 pounds. Because of this, I've pretty much decided to just make it a one gang disc. Since a disc is a packing tool (it cuts by exerting down pressure which compacts the subsoil), I only plan on using it to cut cornstalks and sod. I will use the field cultivator for general tillage.Optimized-G.jpg


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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:02 PM

I got my disc hitch done today. Here's some pic's of the build.

 

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:08 PM

I needed some weight on the front end so I dug through my parts and and added about 120 pounds.

 

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Posted September 20, 2013 - 07:22 PM

I couldn't do this again in a hundred years. I cut one of the braces from a piece of flat stock freehand, with no markings of any kind. After I cleaned them up on the grinder, this is what I had; A PERFECT MATCH.

 

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Posted September 23, 2013 - 05:45 PM

Next tool build on my list is here - http://gardentractor...ltivator-build/



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Posted September 23, 2013 - 06:05 PM

Looks good! Glad you added front weight, as I was sure you would need some!


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