I had the great fortune of being able to attend Daniel's plow day back on the 1st. I was also fortunate to have one tractor and plow combination that worked great right from the start.
This Is The Story of The Other Plow:
The other tractor/plow combination struggled. Initially, the plow didn't want to dig in properly, and because the landside didn't have a good furrow, the plow wanted to pull all the way to the left but only going down an inch or so mostly at the point. I tried some adjustments, and got a bit better bite, but it still wasn't working well at all. I asked for advice from other plowers who were most helpful. When I got back to the truck to put their ideas into practice, I found my biggest problem. I had a "D" ring clevis hooked to the Massey's rear hitch, and it was interfering intermittently with the sleeve hitch.
"Aha!" I thought, fix that and all my trouble will disappear. So I pulled off the "D" ring Clevis and sure enough I began to get more consistent results, though still not the depth I wanted - 2-3 inches instead of 4-5. Though the rest of the day I adjusted here, and adjusted there, moving the sleeve hitch down and back up again, adjusting the depth control. Nothing had much effect on the depth the plow was running.
It wasn't until I got home and unloaded the two plow and looked at them side by side that I began to realize some of the problems I was facing. This plow was the one that worked well:
This one was the one that just wouldn't go deeper:
Notice the difference in the shape of the points? Also, I had never realized how much the "heel" ? was hanging out away from the moldboard. Not having grown up with moldboards, I simply hadn't looked closely and compared these two, even though they are stored side by side.
So I ordered a new plow share from Brinley. Not cheap, but the best way I knew to salvage the plow. The new share was a better match for the moldboard length, as well as having a much better defined "point".
I originally intended to simply paint the moldboard to prevent rust, but one thing led to another, suddenly the wire brush was running amok on the plow beam as well, and - well - Pictures speak a thousand words:
Edited by HowardsMF155, April 15, 2016 - 07:14 PM.