Ok, yes, flap disk the moldboard and share, polish it also of you could.
When i was though how to plow it was on a horse drawn two way sulky plow, after fall plowing the plow was coated in used motor oil and put up for the winter, in the spring the plows moldboard and share was soaked with engine degreaser or dish soap, then spray washed, dried and sanded until smooth bare metal shown, then the back furrow was tuned in to finish scouring the plow and make fine tuneing to the suctions and hitch length.
It does not take very long at all with a 6 inch plow, If your soil is clay then yes you really want it polished from the get go, if it is sandy loam then it should not be too much of a bother, the sand and rocks will finish it for you.
Some farmers drag the plow through gravel topolish the point but i always worry about catching the share point on a rock, snapped two points so far from rocks, i live in the mountains.
I don't want you to become discouraged, i may not be the best person to ask seeing as have used a walk behind and rider for many years so it is easy for me to tell you what and how to do things but the fact of the matter is experience is everything and this is your first time, the first of everything is the hardest, i would be doing well by you to advise practicing in a spot first, humble yourself, go at a easy pace and let the tractor tell you what needs to be done.
Mark off the first furrow with string and wood stakes, go slow, it is not a race, govern the engine at a good speed, doe not need to scream, it is a 3 hp so the power is there, the first furrow won't be the deepest and best but keep it straight, the following furrows will get better, don't make any adjustments to the plow until the third furrow, if too deep the wheel will spin out and tractor bog down hard, your only plowing about 4 to 5 inches deep, crank up on the plow handle two or three turns and fine tune it with each furrow, it will be quick and you will know when it is right, at the end of the furrow pull up on the handbars, don't stop, do it while the tractor is moving or it will be a PIA to pull it back and out of the sod.
Your goal is to lay the sod over right back into the freshly plowed furrow, if it cuts more then the share is wide you have too much suction and the draft is off, adjust the right wheel inwards another inch or so, you want the right wheel to ride perfetly in the fresh furrow not riding up and out of the furrow or on the next furrow.
Too little bottom suction and your only cutting sod at the roots, should be up to 5 inches deep depending on the soil type.
Take the soil and ball it up in your hand, if it sticks together in a tight ball and is wet, don't plow, it is too wet, if you ball it up and it crumbles to sand it is way too dry, you would have to point the plow share to China and drag it, if it holds it's form, little moist but falls apart when rubbed between the hands, it's ready to plow.
fresh sod is always a little harder and requires less bottem suction then old fields, you can go a little deeper when you plow over the fall trash.
In the end speed comes from experience and practice, go easy and have fun, when it is done you will walk away either hating it or feeling fulfilled and ready for disking.
Edited by trowel, March 31, 2014 - 09:07 PM.