Jump to content

Nominations for Tractor of the Month
Garden Tractors and Parts on eBay



Photo
- - - - -

My First Plow Day, 9/24/16 Copley Ohio


  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 MiCarl ONLINE  

MiCarl
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 75926
  • 889 Thanks
  • 496 posts
  • Location: Livonia, MI

Posted September 25, 2016 - 08:59 PM

I posted this in "Off Topic" because it's mostly farm tractors.  I thought some might find it interesting.

 

There is a farm near Akron Ohio that has been in my family for three generations.  It's currently owned by two of my aunts.  Their lessee for this year backed out at the last minute and the farm spent this season untended.  It was becoming overgrown and they decided to host a Plow day to clean it up.  The event was sponsored by the Medina County (Ohio) Antique Power Association.  The event was 9/24/16.

 

The fields were mowed by my mother and her friend Henry the two weeks before the Plow day.  I found a 10" Simplicity plow on Craigs List in Akron and asked Henry to grab it for me.  I took my Speedex 1631 down and gave it a try.  While I worked on the farm as a teenager I've never plowed before.

 

The farm is roughly 50 acres consisting of a front field of about 10 acres and a back field of about 20 acres separated by a largely untillable area that was previously used as pasture.  Some of that pasture is used by one of my aunts for gardens.  Her son that sort of supervises the farm wanted small tractors that don't plow deep in the front field, large tractors in the back field and I was assigned the gardens in the pasture.

 

Of course I started the day in the gardens.  I hadn't seen the plow until the night before the event.  When I started plowing it was turning dirt but not doing so well.  In particular the plow wasn't running flat left to right and cutting a V shaped furrow rather than L shaped with a vertical furrow side.  Part way through the day I managed to bend the sleeve hitch yoke and when I bent it back the welds cracked.  Since we were re-welding it anyhow I ran the left wheels up on blocks and we tweaked the yoke so the plow ran level left to right before welding.  It plowed much better after that.  It didn't occur to me until afterward that that yoke had already been bent causing the plow to run out of level and making it easier to bend again.  Anyhow, here is a picture from the seat of some furrows I did after we fixed the plow:

IMG_20160924_135439242.jpg

 

My wife took some pictures of me plowing but they just don't show much.  When they do show anything it just shows the plow loaded up with trash and riding on top, so I'm not sharing those.  I had a lot of trouble loading up with trash and ditched the coulter because it was just locking trash against the shin so none of it moved out.

 

After I got done with the gardens I grabbed my mother's Super A with a double bottom 14" plow and headed to the front field.

IMG_20160924_110748859.jpg

 

The first thing I noticed was the furrow the last tractor had left was only about 3" deep.  I remember thinking it was too bad I got shuttled off the the gardens with my Speedex when I was plowing deeper than some of the guys on the front field.

 

Once the front field was done almost everyone drifted away.  There were still two large tractors working the back field, a Farmall M with a 14-2 Little Genius plow and a Case/IH 485 with a 2 bottom plow.

IMG_20160924_142704662.jpg

 

There was still a lot to do and I figured since the Super A had 14" plows just like the bigger tractors I could help out there despite what my cousin wanted.  When I dropped that Super A into the furrow is when I really started to get an education.  With the plow lowered the left plow was just scratching the surface and only gathering trash.  I came to find out that while all the small tractors had 14" plows they all had too much plow for the tractor (including the Super A).  They were compensating by running the plows shallow so they could pull them.  One of the large tractor guys with some experience adjusted the Super A so the plows were running 7" deep and the tractor wouldn't move.  So the Super A got parked.

 

We finished out the day with three of us rotating on the two remaining large tractors.  The only one I drove was the M with the Little Genius plow.  That thing plowed like a dream.  I couldn't get over how easy it was to operate and what a nice job it did.  I quickly learned to tell by the feel of the rope whether the plow came up or dropped when I tugged it.

IMG_20160924_154150807.jpg

 

I'd always assumed that before the 3 point hitch you had to dismount the tractor to raise and lower the plow.  It just amazed me at how easy it was to raise and lower that plow by just tugging on a rope.  If you haven't ever used one I suggest you keep your eye open for a chance to try.


Edited by MiCarl, September 25, 2016 - 09:01 PM.

  • olcowhand, Gtractor, MH81 and 11 others have said thanks

#2 MiCarl ONLINE  

MiCarl
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 75926
  • 889 Thanks
  • 496 posts
  • Location: Livonia, MI

Posted September 25, 2016 - 09:09 PM

Some more "Tractor Porn" pictures that aren't part of my story.

 

(Also included a couple of the less embarrassing ones of me plowing with the Speedex).

Attached Thumbnails

  • IMG_20160924_111019728.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_112612146.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_112706067.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_112947231.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_113020744.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_113823214.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_113939937.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_115848330.jpg
  • IMG_20160924_142644303.jpg

  • olcowhand, MH81, Alc and 9 others have said thanks

#3 Austen OFFLINE  

Austen
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 33768
  • 855 Thanks
  • 567 posts
  • Location: Kirkland, WA

Posted September 25, 2016 - 10:25 PM

Thanks for posting the pictures! Sounds like a fun time!



#4 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,523 Thanks
  • 39,742 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted September 26, 2016 - 04:52 AM

Looks like a lot of fun to me! Thanks for the pics.



#5 shorty ONLINE  

shorty

    Member

  • Senior Member
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Member No: 6172
  • 3,582 Thanks
  • 3,961 posts
  • Location: Lancaster County Pa

Posted September 26, 2016 - 04:56 AM

Sounds like fun. A bit of learning and seat time.

#6 chieffan OFFLINE  

chieffan
  • Senior Member
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 62695
  • 6,168 Thanks
  • 4,512 posts
  • Location: SW Iowa

Posted September 26, 2016 - 07:26 AM

That M should handle a 3-16 plow with not much trouble.  Had one on the farm but was a slat bottom which pulled easier and plugged a lot less.  On your plow the coulter was probably not sharp to cut through the trash, that is why it was balling it up in front of the plow.  Any way you cut it was a fun day with lots of different seat time.  Thanks for sharing the pics.


Edited by chieffan, September 26, 2016 - 07:27 AM.

  • Alc said thank you

#7 MiCarl ONLINE  

MiCarl
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 75926
  • 889 Thanks
  • 496 posts
  • Location: Livonia, MI

Posted September 26, 2016 - 09:28 AM

That M should handle a 3-16 plow with not much trouble.  Had one on the farm but was a slat bottom which pulled easier and plugged a lot less.  On your plow the coulter was probably not sharp to cut through the trash, that is why it was balling it up in front of the plow.  Any way you cut it was a fun day with lots of different seat time.  Thanks for sharing the pics.

 

The M sure didn't struggle with the 2-14.  The only issue we had with the plow was it tripping off.  I think the other guys were probably pulling too fast.  I ran it in 2nd gear at just above half throttle figuring it was more productive to plow a bit slower than repeatedly stopping to re-hitch the plow.  There was an area that was pretty wet (probably too wet to plow) and I backed off the throttle when I was in that or heard the exhaust tone change.  I only had to reattach the plow three times.

 

I think my coulter is probably sharp enough, it's a little sharper than a butter knife and I think if it was sharper the edge would roll over.  I suspect the ground was soft enough in the gardens the coulter was just pushing  the debris down and then the plow was lifting it back up behind the the coulter where it would wad up.  The gardens are normally pulverized with a tiller.

 

Thinking back on it the gardens were all soft black dirt which kind of surprised me.  I worked on the farm as a teenager and the fields were (and still are) all clay with no sign of top soil.  I know that farm has been in production for at least 150 years and I suspect the top soil is long gone from the fields.  The old pasture (where the gardens are) probably still has the original top soil plus what the cattle added all those years.

 

In hind sight I wish I'd taken my little plow out onto one of the fields and cut a furrow.  That clay would probably have made it easier to see how the plow was running and done a better job of cleaning up the share and mold board.



#8 SimplyRad OFFLINE  

SimplyRad
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 84410
  • 194 Thanks
  • 195 posts
  • Location: bean town in the worthless nut state

Posted September 26, 2016 - 03:03 PM

I have done a lot of farm work in my younger days but never have had a chance to plow.



#9 MH81 ONLINE  

MH81

    Proud to be Deplorable

  • Staff Admin
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 802
  • 27,338 Thanks
  • 28,646 posts
  • Location: N. W. PA

Posted September 26, 2016 - 05:12 PM

Every field, every tractor, every plow is different.
Glad you got some seat time. And if it makes you feel better, I have seen FAR WORSE furrows at plow days. I may have even made one or two myself. :D

#10 KennyP ONLINE  

KennyP

    FORDoholic

  • Super Moderator
  • Staff
  • -GTt Supporter-
  • Contributor
  • Member No: 2253
  • 28,523 Thanks
  • 39,742 posts
  • Location: Collinsville, Oklahoma

Posted September 26, 2016 - 05:29 PM

Every field, every tractor, every plow is different.
Glad you got some seat time. And if it makes you feel better, I have seen FAR WORSE furrows at plow days. I may have even made one or two myself. :D

Or 8 or 10!


  • MH81 said thank you

#11 MiCarl ONLINE  

MiCarl
  • Senior Member
  • Member No: 75926
  • 889 Thanks
  • 496 posts
  • Location: Livonia, MI

Posted September 26, 2016 - 05:41 PM

And if it makes you feel better, I have seen FAR WORSE furrows at plow days. I may have even made one or two myself. :D

 

Oh, I made worse furrows.  I didn't take pictures of those. :D


  • MH81 said thank you




Top