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#1 Alc OFFLINE  

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Posted May 18, 2016 - 05:02 PM

It was time to hill some of the potatoes , I removed the outside tines on the PKs cultivator  and moved the others so they would loosen the soil between the plants , I ended up doing that to all the rows even those that I didn't hill yet for the weeds . I set up some hilling sweeps using the DB 600 walkbehind   The first hilling sweeps didn't move much even taking 2 passes with the second one moved closer to the plant .I changed to a different stye and while it did work better I'm sure it would have taken multiple passes . Maybe I'm just expecting too much ? 

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This was with the first set of sweeps, left a pretty big ridge down the middle . Something else ,with using these sweeps with the bar mounted across the frame there's so much twist it bent those 3/8u-bolts and it was putting marks in the frame because of that so there's another job to figure a better way to clamps if someone has an idea

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This is with the last set of sweeps

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One thought was using 2 sets of sweeps at one time . The first set out wide and the second to do the hilling

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Edited by Alc, May 18, 2016 - 05:03 PM.

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Posted May 18, 2016 - 05:18 PM

Your potatoes seem to coming along very nicely. I planted about a month ago and half rotted in the ground. Do you know why that happened? Going to replant more this weekend. Hundreds of questions to ask. Do you dust the seeds at planting? Do you plant in a trench or flat on the ground then hill them. We're kinda new to this and not always sure. I made a tool bar then bought 2 hiller disks from ag supply and mount them on the bar.


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Posted May 18, 2016 - 05:47 PM

Putting the two sweeps together might work. Or much larger sweeps, I call them shovels, but that doesn't matter, what matters is , it looks to me that your not getting enough dirt for it to pile up on top of the hill to put around the base of the plant.

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Posted May 18, 2016 - 05:52 PM

These are the shovels, sweeps, I am trying to find, so I can rig up some thing myself. Not a very good picture, but I saw this work on a buddies tractor, makes a nice job. It's hooked to a MF10. Shovels are very long, so they grab more dirt.

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Posted May 18, 2016 - 05:54 PM

well you could hill like that or you could look into building your self some thing more like this, mount right now on my PJ walker, was on one of the Suburbans.

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Posted May 18, 2016 - 07:34 PM

These are the shovels, sweeps, I am trying to find, so I can rig up some thing myself. Not a very good picture, but I saw this work on a buddies tractor, makes a nice job. It's hooked to a MF10. Shovels are very long, so they grab more dirt.

Noel.

Could you make something like propane shows? Maybe cut them out of a discarded 100# propane tank?


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Posted May 18, 2016 - 08:35 PM

Mike the potatoes that were big enough to hill were planted in a furrow using potatoes left over from last years crop , they were very shriveled and had long sprouts coming out . Uncut just as they were , the new seed potatoes I cut and let skin over a few days before planting about 2 weeks later . Those not all have sprouted
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Posted May 18, 2016 - 09:27 PM

Mike the potatoes that were big enough to hill were planted in a furrow using potatoes left over from last years crop , they were very shriveled and had long sprouts coming out . Uncut just as they were , the new seed potatoes I cut and let skin over a few days before planting about 2 weeks later . Those not all have sprouted

I have found that planting whole ones seems to work better than cutting them, as they don't have to heal or get set back.


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Posted May 19, 2016 - 05:45 AM

Found some pics  of some sweeps that might be buildable , this ones on a larger tractor but I'm sure it could be made a little smaller ' using something like LilysDad suggested , propane tank , I do have a bladder tank that's ready for scrap but would need to figure out how to get the rubber out first

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 Found this on CL

 

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 07:47 AM

Al can you adjust your sweeps closer together, so they throw the dirt closer to the plant,

Mine are 14 inch discs, I have found that the ground speed also has a lot to do with how far the soil is turned to the center,

I have learned to adjust my speed based on the size of the plants to control coverage,

The type of sweeps you are using should work fine,

Do not get discouraged it just might take some experimenting,


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Posted May 19, 2016 - 08:14 AM

I made this out of a old Allis Chalmers cultivator that I got for scrap price. It works great, I made rows for my potatoes but I didn't get a chance to hill them because of rain and now they are to tall.

 

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Posted May 19, 2016 - 06:12 PM

Those on the farm tractor picture are what I was talking about. Same as the ones in the picture I posted. They would work good. That's what I am going to find or make.

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Posted May 20, 2016 - 08:22 AM

The disc hillers work very well. I bought mine from agri-supply. Was working and very busy at the time, so gave them to my dad and a picture of what I wanted and he built it for me. It is heavier than I needed since he built the frame from scrap I beams.

I have it mounted on a 1500 ford with cat 1 hitch the 14 inch discs are bigger than one would need. If I were doing it over I would use a 2x 2 square tube so the discs could slide in and out to adjust width. I used a heavy angle and drilled holes the length of the angle, and broke the table off the drill press in the process?

On a garden tractor 10 or 12 inch discs would be plenty. IF you do a google search for potato hillers there are tons of pictures to give you ideas.  I use mine to also make wide rows for planting things like onions etc.


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Posted May 21, 2016 - 03:31 PM

I went with the trench deal adding a few inches of top soil as they came up which seemed to be almost every day I have now hilled them. We'll see what happens from here.


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Posted May 22, 2016 - 09:41 AM

I was at the Jacktown flea market yesterday with my friend Joe and was talking about my hilling problems , we walked past a furrow attachment for a TroyBuilt tiller and he mentioned that maybe I could make something out of that . I do have one but didn't want to ruin it for making furrows . Thought maybe I could attach the wings to a set of hillers I already have . Not sure if I can heat and bend the edges flat or maybe easier to weld a flat plate ,either way i would drill holes so the wings   could be put back on the furrower .Anyone modify  sweeps or plows that could give some advise ? 

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