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#1 Alc OFFLINE  

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Posted March 27, 2016 - 07:56 PM

Yesterday I plowed the garden with the Power King and 10" plow then finished with the spring harrow . At the end of the day the farmers across the street were doing some plowing too so today after clearing the small section which had the sorghum grass cut last fall I tried just the spring harrow without plowing . Did a pretty good job though didn't get as deep as plowing first but I would do this again for areas that I'm sowing cover crops

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Posted March 27, 2016 - 09:17 PM

Looks good Al!


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 04:29 AM

Looks like it did a good job!


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 05:39 AM

Al, how does the PK handle it with 6 shanks? I have the same tool bar and had to drop back to 5 and sometimes 4 to get the depth I wanted. Looks good.
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 08:28 AM

I use my JD 316 with a Brinly plow and spring tooth cultivator to do primary tillage on my uncles garden. Last year we plowed and used the cultivator on the garden, this year I just used the cultivators. I would make the first pass with no weight on the cultivator and make my last pass with two JD suitcase weights on the cultivator. I find with the weight on the cultivator works just like a chisel plow. I also reversed the set up on the cultivator, I have it setup as a inverted V and I find it helps to put most rocks into a windrow and it pulls large one to the surface.
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 10:01 AM

Don't need to go to deep for cover crops, grass or things like that.  Looks like you did a real nice job.  Seed it down and pull an old bed spring over it to level it and put some dirt over the seeds and your good to go.


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 10:46 AM

That last pic of your'e cultivator made me chuckle...  When I first got my alis C.  WD ,,I tried to do a smooth job on an uneven section of ground .  I was doing OK til I went into a low spot with the rear tires, the cultivator springs went down and the tires spun and it was like I threw out an anchor. I was stuck bigger that shoot..  Being a green horn with my new alis I spent most of the day trying to get unstuck..  A local farmer was driving by and stopped..He started to laugh, Shaking his head ..I didn't know you cant break ground this this kinda tool ..   He pulled his disel  pickup back to me and chained me up.. Pulled me out.. I was so embarrassed ..


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Posted March 28, 2016 - 03:44 PM

Shorty I had to do a few passes I'm guessing a few inches each , it was hard to tell how much it would take to stop the tractor as far as traction goes . There's a lot of weight on this tractor ,one tire is loaded the other is foamed filled , that's the one that doesn't flex enough to knock the dirt off as it spins , then 2 50lb of steel wheel weights each side a group 31 truck battery too .There was more grass left over then I thought and would bunch up and turn the harrow into a blade lol I do think it was easier and quicker then using just the tiller on the Jim Dandy .
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 04:28 PM

You are definitely a lot heavier than mine. Do you know what brand it is?

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Posted March 28, 2016 - 08:57 PM

The harrow is a Power King drawbar mount . Not sure if it was made by a different co.for them or not.
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Posted March 28, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Nice job Al

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Posted March 28, 2016 - 11:31 PM

Looks Great Al, did a nice job.



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Posted March 29, 2016 - 05:12 AM

I typically use mine like a chisel plow. Its the first thing in the garden for the last several years. It lets me get started when its wet. I also used it to break up the drive way this spring to regrade it.
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