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Posted February 28, 2018 - 03:24 PM

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Posted February 28, 2018 - 06:29 PM

Hi all, well got a lot of welding done this afternoon the main frame is pretty much complete have the grate to do but will be waiting for some 1/2" rod that will be a week or so.

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Posted February 28, 2018 - 08:55 PM

Lookin good. I’ve been usein a middle buster type plow to dig potatoes. Works ok. But not quite what I want. Yours reminds me of the elevator potato diggers used in my area many years ago. They had the same type shovel on the front to do the start of the digging.

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Posted February 28, 2018 - 09:12 PM

. Yours reminds me of the elevator potato diggers used in my area many years ago. They had the same type shovel on the front to do the start of the digging.

Noel

 

  There is usually a potato digging demonstration at a local tractor show.  They use one of the elevator type diggers.  It sure saves a lot of the labor involved in digging taters.  


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Posted February 28, 2018 - 09:42 PM

If your tractor has a PTO shaft at the rear you could set up a gear reduction system and use a rotating wire drum setup to screen out the dirt, sort of what they use to to screen topsoil or mulch.


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Posted February 28, 2018 - 09:53 PM

HI Leonard Van Camp, the PTO would really be a good deal I looked at a lot of shop built potato diggers on the net and the PTO set up with a shaper really works good but none of my tractors have an aft PTO so got to come up with another way.

I think I may have something that will work I'm going to take a 6" pulley that is shot and offset the axle bore some and then weld rods around the outside like traction bars starting out with 1/4" then going to 1/2" and then 5/8"  finishing up with 3/4" place the wheel under the grate the offset will make the grate move up and down and the dirt should drop thur leaving the spids  we'll see


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Posted February 28, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Do you have rear hydraulics? You could use a hydraulic motor to spin the drum.


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Posted February 28, 2018 - 10:14 PM

Hi ya that idea crossed my mind in fact I just rigged up a hydraulic motor to drive a seeder /spreader spinner could probably use that.


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Posted March 01, 2018 - 06:26 AM

That's going to be pretty handy to have .  Do you plant a lot of potatoes ?


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Posted March 01, 2018 - 01:41 PM

Hi Alc, no not a lot just a single row about 75 ft long I've dug them with a potato fork but hate it when you stab a spud  and have used my middle bust plow but it great for plant it realy to narrow a trench for a good harvest.


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Posted March 01, 2018 - 04:19 PM

I had planted about 10 rows at 140’ long. I too, used the middle buster plow I made, to dig them. It works, but doesn’t get them all in one pass and the potatoes are not on top of the ground, still have to dig some to find them.
So I’m interested in what you make. I want to make something also.

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Posted March 01, 2018 - 06:39 PM

Hi all today I worked on the grate its coming along good got most of the parts cut to length holes drilled etc tomorrow will weld the rods to the forward mount/hinge and then weld and aft bracket/separator, then its to figure out the grate shaker 

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Posted March 01, 2018 - 09:01 PM

So the inside width is about 20” ?? And the rods are going to move to shake dirt off. Up/ down or sideways or back and forth. And is it going to be ground driven. Or pto. ? Just wondering.

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Posted March 01, 2018 - 09:37 PM

So the inside width is about 20” ?? And the rods are going to move to shake dirt off. Up/ down or sideways or back and forth. And is it going to be ground driven. Or pto. ? Just wondering.

Noel

Hi Noel, the plan is to have the grate move up & down, and yes thinking about ground drive offset wheel, but may play around with a 12 v motor am thinking maybe a windshield wiper motor or an old GM electric window motor ya the outside width is 20"


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Posted March 02, 2018 - 06:28 AM

At one time I thought about building something like you are but never got further then saving this picture and parts break-down of a different one . Maybe there's something there that could give you some more ideas . I bought a Sears middle buster/potato plow that I use but like what was said , you still have to go through with a pick fork to find missed potatoes

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