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:
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.
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.
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.
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.