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#1 freedhardwoods OFFLINE  

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Posted September 22, 2013 - 05:49 PM

It started out as an old 10' field cultivator. I'm not finished, but I thought I'd show my progress. I started Saturday and would have finished if I could have worked on it all day.

 

I wanted an odd number of shanks so I could remove the center shank and use it as a row cultivator. I went with 5 shanks on an 8" shank spacing and am planning on using 9" shovels. I wanted the outside shanks to follow directly behind the wheel tracks which are 31.5" apart, center to center. 32" works out perfect for the 8" spacing.

 

Five shanks on 8" spacing would make this a 40" width. If my garden gets bigger and my tractor pulls this size really easy, I can bolt on 2 stub shafts on the front for 2 more shanks to make it 56".

 

I built an A-frame type hitch for it, but I've decided to go with a different style and use the A-frame on something else.

 

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Edited by freedhardwoods, September 22, 2013 - 06:31 PM.

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Posted September 22, 2013 - 06:13 PM

Building things "on the fly" with no formal plans does lead to mistakes sometimes. I wanted the center brace going from front to back to stiffen the back angle iron for the center shank, but didn't realize the brace was in the way of the shank. Fortunately, I'm more concerned with function than appearance on my equipment so I had the problem fixed in short order.

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Edited by freedhardwoods, September 22, 2013 - 06:49 PM.

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Posted September 23, 2013 - 07:35 PM

Wow, you are on a roll! :thumbs:  I like the way you are building these. Gives me lots of ideas to think about.


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Posted September 23, 2013 - 07:47 PM

Wow, you are on a roll! :thumbs:  I like the way you are building these. Gives me lots of ideas to think about.

Most people make plans and then get the parts they need. I do that sometimes, but more often I look at what I have (confirmed packrat here) and make the plan work with the parts. As I was looking at the farm tools before I bought them, I was roughing out plans in my head.


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Posted September 23, 2013 - 07:54 PM

That is the most fun way to build. With the plan in your head it can change as you find the parts to use.



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Posted September 24, 2013 - 07:24 AM

Looks like it should do the job. I want to get some sweeps for mine before long.



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Posted September 27, 2013 - 08:03 PM

I was able to finish my field cultivator today. I added a depth gauge wheel and a "buster bar" leveler on the back. The teeth on the bar are rotary hoe teeth. I skipped a tooth behind each back shank because there is a valley there and a tooth wouldn't help there.

 

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Posted September 28, 2013 - 01:43 AM

Looks good!



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Posted September 28, 2013 - 07:14 AM

Looks nice, will the depth wheel be removed for row crop style use?

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Posted September 28, 2013 - 08:00 PM

Looks nice, will the depth wheel be removed for row crop style use?

It comes off by removing 2 bolts.

 

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Edited by freedhardwoods, September 28, 2013 - 08:04 PM.





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