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#1 Alc ONLINE  

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Posted August 08, 2017 - 05:41 AM

I've been using the David Bradley 600 walk behind to cultivate the garden more this year then before but there are some issues maybe some will be able to help with . When doing the beans 2 rows , the first pass went well , the second row the section between was don twice so it seemed to go deeper maybe because the DB uses the thin gauge wheels ? Still not too much of a concern but the large areas between them and the squash I need to go over a few times to cultivate the whole area . Again the first pass fine but because I'm going around some of the squash it's overlapping and instead of just going a inch or two I'm going way deeper then I think I should . Maybe if I put wider gauge wheels it would settle the problem but since I've never used anything but the DB I wasn't sure if that's the answer


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Posted August 08, 2017 - 06:01 AM

I've never seen a DB cultivator, so I don't really know, but was wondering if there is adjustment on the gauge wheels that could be easily adjusted after the first pass. So you don't want deeper, because the machine won't handle that or another reason ? Just wondering.

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Posted August 08, 2017 - 07:46 AM

The gauge wheels are very thin , ok for undisturbed soil , might be able when doing the second of a row crop to lower the wheel that rides in the already cultivated part .

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Posted August 08, 2017 - 07:53 AM

Just browsing CL and saw this walk behind , the gauge wheels are wider and mount in front of the cultivator sweeps and it they were aligned with the tire they would at least be running on packed dirt , you would just  need a sweep behind it   

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Posted August 08, 2017 - 11:46 AM

Just browsing CL and saw this walk behind , the gauge wheels are wider and mount in front of the cultivator sweeps and it they were aligned with the tire they would at least be running on packed dirt , you would just  need a sweep behind it   

What brand is this one?



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Posted August 08, 2017 - 11:46 AM

That's the problem Al wheels to skinny me thinks.

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Posted August 08, 2017 - 08:59 PM

I think the tractor picture is of a Simplicity 


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Posted August 09, 2017 - 06:57 AM

I've been thinkin about the skinny wheels. Would they be made that way so that they go into the ground to help the operator hold the machine straight while moving forward doing the work. Just wonderin.

 

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Posted August 09, 2017 - 07:35 AM

From what the manual says the skinny wheels are supposed to help guide it , and when I do row crops I guess there doing their  job . I was hoping there were some member's that had used DBs for cultivating or other walk behinds that would have some experience on different set-up and maybe some tips they could pass on


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Posted August 11, 2017 - 10:25 PM

I second propane1's opinion... those are for going straight, not depth gauges

Nice cultivator I wouldn't mind one like that

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Posted August 12, 2017 - 12:59 AM

instead of just going a inch or two I'm going way deeper then I think I should .

IMO your not going deep enough, i sold the cultivator off my 5157 to a friend for $20(cus that's what he offered lol) because the narrow gauge standards are soil sensitive, the more pass's the deeper the soil is worked(the compaction thing) so in a way they are self adjusting standards, don't worry about cutting your crop roots as this actually stimulate's vigorous root growth into the loosened soil(and stops root bound),deeper the better,don't know your soil but 5 or 6 inches down will make happy plants, cultivating is 9 parts root growth and 1 part weed control. Uhmm that CL pic is of a B(second gen. 45-47) and a nice example at that,not an easy one to find, just saying

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Posted August 12, 2017 - 05:25 AM

I don't think I was going down more then 4" where the sweeps and wheels were in the cultivated part of the row , the other side about 2" deep so I guess the self adjusting would be about right . 






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