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#1 Dave S OFFLINE  

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Posted January 14, 2017 - 08:24 AM

I'm setting up my 102 for plowing and wondering what speed is best. With 3 options of gearing in second gear, the 16, 17, and 19 tooth gear I was wondering which worked best with a 10 inch plow. I'm planning on putting fluid in my 8.5 tires since I don't have wheel weights. Are chains necessary? Thanks


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Posted January 14, 2017 - 08:52 AM

I would say 6-8 MPH is a good speed. I'm not sure how fast Alice travels with the 26 X 12 tires on it, but I was rolling dirt off the share real good in high range.


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Posted January 14, 2017 - 10:04 AM

Kenny hit it.  Need to travel fast enough so the dirt will roll and cover the material your wanting to turn under.  To slow and the dirt will fall back in the furrow, to fast and you loose control of the tractor.  Depends on the conditions if you will need chains or not.  Mellow ground you probably won't.  Clay or sod probably will.


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Posted January 14, 2017 - 10:10 AM

Here's a video of Alice making the first furrow at Ball hollow.


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Posted January 14, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Here's a video of Alice making the first furrow at Ball hollow.
https://www.youtube....h?v=ebBqsEVHDjI


Are you aiming to plow clear to China? Alice is barking good, you have a diesel in there?
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Posted January 14, 2017 - 10:46 AM

Are you aiming to plow clear to China? Alice is barking good, you have a diesel in there?

Nope! Magnum 18! It was a large field! Lots of long furrows! 


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Posted January 14, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Are you aiming to plow clear to China? 

If you look at the tree line ahead of where I was headed, you'll see a power pole. That is the other side of the field! Another part we plowed there was at least a half mile one way! If you get a chance, go down there for a Plow Day! You'll have a blast.


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Posted January 14, 2017 - 02:17 PM

6-8 mph is a crazy speed for a garden tractor!  Full throttle high gear is about 7 mph.  I have the high speed 2nd in my 100 and it is PLENTY fast enough for plowing.  It gives a speed somewhere around 4 mph.  I recommend the high gear ratio 2nd gear.  The lower ratio 2nd is too slow and is barely a noticeable difference from 1st gear.  The intermediate 2nd is not too bad but since I had the low speed I swapped right to the high.  If you already have the intermediate 2nd it works out ok as well.


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Posted January 16, 2017 - 11:43 AM

If you look at the tree line ahead of where I was headed, you'll see a power pole. That is the other side of the field! Another part we plowed there was at least a half mile one way! If you get a chance, go down there for a Plow Day! You'll have a blast.


I'd definitely enjoy going to a plow day

What I meant, by plowing to China, is it sounded like you had the plow pretty deep into the ground, going by the bark Alice had going.
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Posted January 16, 2017 - 01:15 PM

I'd definitely enjoy going to a plow day

What I meant, by plowing to China, is it sounded like you had the plow pretty deep into the ground, going by the bark Alice had going.

Only about 5"! That can be some tough ground in places there!


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Posted January 17, 2017 - 05:17 AM

If the plow was set up proper,you can plow as slow or fast as you want up to the point of speed you start casting dirt across the tops of more than 1 furrow. At this point your going too fast.
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