The plow is probably one of the most neglected attachments for our GT's. Only used in the spring or fall and the rest of the time they just sit or lay around. With spring on the way now is a good time to get the plow out and get it ready to go to work. I removed the entire bottom from the beam of my Gardener this morning. In the shop where it was warm I used the wire brush on the 4" grinder to clean it up. Then a going over with Wenol polish it looks pretty good, till I turned it upright on a flat board. The cutting edge of the shear was above the board by 3/16" of an inch. It was sitting on the heal of the share. In the ground this wold cause the plow to want to ride up out of the ground and be hard to hold down. Would also take more power to pull it.
Clamping it up side down in my workmate I went to work with the 9" hand grinder. I started at the heal and started to grind the shear down flat so the cutting edge was parallel with the bottom edge of the landslide. I kept work my way towards the point, using a straight edge to check the progress. Within about 20 minuets with the grinder I had it looking good. I turned it over and set it on the flat board again. This time the entire cutting edge, except for a short area behind the point was in contact with the board. This plow will go in the ground and pull good when the time comes. As it was before it would have been a problem to keep in the ground and work right.
Many years ago, like back in the 40's and early 50's, my Uncle George owned a Blacksmith Shop. In the spring he had one man that did all the plow shear sharpening. He would have a big pile of shears laying about with names on the back for him to work on. If they needed drawn out or re pointed my Uncle did that. That is a lost art today. In the 50's there was a replacement point and cutting edge that could be forced over the old plow shear and bolted on They were about 3" wide and was quicker and cheaper than having them drawn out by a blacksmith.
Remember when sharpening your plow to make sure you sharpen on the back side and end up with the cutting edge flat with the landslide.
Edited by chieffan, February 12, 2015 - 12:22 PM.