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#1 propane1 ONLINE  

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 04:08 PM

It is now 16" wide instead of 10". Should move the ground more, to ruffle up the taters.

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 04:47 PM

Let us know how it works. I dug a row by hand yesterday. I was a bit disappointed by the crop, but we are having a major drought here this year.

 

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 05:06 PM

I hope to dig some tomorrow. Been hot and very dry here. A few heavy quick rains here in the last few weeks, but most of it runs off before it gets a chance to soak in.

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Posted August 02, 2016 - 06:00 PM

We dug our Saturday.  Ground dug good and had a good crop.  Should have got them out sooner but to much rain and didn't want to dig in the mud.  Had a few rotting taters but for the most part they were good.  Potomac is the brand we planted this year. Had 2 - 30 ft. rows.  My helper with a baking size for her Mom.  Black pail is the damaged taters and the two burlap bags are our keepers.Helper.JPG   Damaged Potatoes.JPG   Bagged Potatoes.JPG


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Posted August 02, 2016 - 11:16 PM

Looks great Propane1!

Just curious, what thickness plate did you use?
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Posted August 03, 2016 - 03:08 AM

1/8".

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 05:08 AM

I'm going to need to to something like that too. I'm using one someone attachet an extension to on a Sears potato plow but its still leaving a lot of potatoes . I'm thinking of welding some rods to make it like one of those of those old horse drawn potato plows . Looking at yours I might just need to make it wider at the bottom too . Looking forward to see how your mod did .

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 09:29 AM

I use something similar to this.

At the farm we had a 4 bottom plow, had the double wings on it like in the picture above but much bigger.
Anyway, I took one of them and made a Cat 0 3pt, it is almost TOO big but man does it roll the potatos
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Posted August 03, 2016 - 10:08 AM

Let us know how it works. I dug a row by hand yesterday. I was a bit disappointed by the crop, but we are having a major drought here this year.

Jim


If I haven't lost all my marbles, youre in southern ontario right?

I would gladly share my drowning rain with you, trying to make hay.

Back on topic, nice potato plow, I wish I could convince the boss to use a potato plow, this forking by hand stuff SUCKS!
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Posted August 03, 2016 - 10:24 AM

sorry to jump in, is this a potato plow? came with a bunch of db parts. the owner said it was??

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 10:34 AM

That I think is the front shoe that's hooked to a single row potato harvester. But I could be wrong.

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Posted August 03, 2016 - 05:50 PM

Well, it didn't work as good as hoped. It's loose on the tool bar and wants to swing back and forth. Will do some more tinkering with it. But it did dig up the row enough to get potatoes.
Used the hedge trimmer to cut the tops, so they wouldn't get fetched up in the plow. Went thru a couple of times. This row and a half did not grow as well as the other rows, so I decided to try out the plow on them. They didn't seem like they would produce any more, so put they came. Didn't get very many, but they look good, no scab or bug problems. Will dig another row at the end of august.
A Vplow, like a snow plow design, would be the answer, I think.

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Posted August 05, 2016 - 03:02 PM

If I haven't lost all my marbles, youre in southern ontario right?

I would gladly share my drowning rain with you, trying to make hay.

Back on topic, nice potato plow, I wish I could convince the boss to use a potato plow, this forking by hand stuff SUCKS!

 

Yes I am in southern Ontario, just below the line that divides southern  Ontario from central Ontario. We are having perfect weather for drying hay right now. The problem is that there is no hay to cut, because it has been too dry. I think most guys did alright on first cut, but I don't think there will be much second cut hay down here this year. Are you able to get two cuttings up there, or only one?

 

Jim

 

EDIT: Sorry for the hi-jack Noel


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Posted August 05, 2016 - 04:23 PM

Yes I am in southern Ontario, just below the line that divides southern Ontario from central Ontario. We are having perfect weather for drying hay right now. The problem is that there is no hay to cut, because it has been too dry. I think most guys did alright on first cut, but I don't think there will be much second cut hay down here this year. Are you able to get two cuttings up there, or only one?

Jim

EDIT: Sorry for the hi-jack Noel

Ok, Ya everyone but my dad gets 2 (3 if you want trouble) cuttings of hay,

we have exact opposite problem from you, too much water.

Let's stop with the thread hijacking and carry this out via pm...

Propane1 how big are your taters that you're digging up? I have fist sized average, and my hands certainly aren't small.

I'd love to get a potato plow much like you have, but the boss and the boss's boss think that it will beat up and nick the potatoes ad allow dirt in then they will rot. Have you had this problem?

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Posted August 05, 2016 - 06:07 PM

Don't worry about the hijacking part, love readin everybody's posts for the enjoyment and new or old ideas.
Potatoes came out good. No nicks or bruises. Always dirt around the potatoes when the plow get to them , so it's kind of a cushion. Chain type harvesters give them more of a bouncing, and they come out alright. My potatoes were only small, but I am not a commercial grower, so I take what I get. It was a little early to dig too, but had to try out the plow and these rows were not doing so well.
As far as hay goes, years ago only one cut, but now two, maybe three, is what happens here now.

Noel.
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