I have a Bolens H14 (tube frame) tractor and I am going to get some seat time and to use my Brinley mouldboard plow for the first time this weekend. I'm a city dweller who got the tractor for the snowblower and blade for clearing snow, and it came with a Brinley plow.
Didn't think there would be much of a chance to use it, but I did think, cool, mouldboard plow, that makes it a "real" tractor. I know a guy who runs a community gardening program and offered to use my plow if he ever needed it, and the other day he let me know that they have a approximately 200' x 100' area that he need plowed, and I said heck yeah, I'd do it. The lot has been a garden for a while, so its not exactly fresh earth.
When I got the tractor the coulter wheel was seized up, so last summer I took it apart, cleaned it up, lubed, painted and put it back together. I've been reading some of the posts, and I'm going to use the the wire wheel on the angle grinder to clean the rust off the plow tomorrow, since several people recommended a smooth plow makes for easier plowing.
I've read the Brinley manual, olcowhand's "Proper way of setting up a one bottom plow" which only sort of applies because I've got a sleeve hitch, not a three point.
I've got a question about the hitch bracket (yoke), it has two different attachment points, one straight and one at an angle. None of the manuals mention this type of bracket.
I was thinking that the straight attachment point was meant for the initial furrow, and then unbolt it and switch to the slanted one for subsequent furrows. That seems like a kind of a pain, running a furrow and then unbolting the plow in the field, while standing in the mud. Should I set it at the angle and run it that way, or set it strait and run it that way, or is switching it in the field worth the effort?
Any help or tips would be appreciated.
Hopefully it won't be to wet on Saturday afternoon, weatherman it's supposed to rain on Friday night.