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Plow Day

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Flatbedford, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I took my '72 IH Cub Cadet 149 out to Danville, Pa for a plow day last weekend. They say there were 175 tractors and we plowed 50 acres.
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  2. Jags

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    Some good looking old iron. We have a similar deal around here, but it is the next step up in size. Old johhny poppers, case, IH, fords, etc. with 1 to 3 bottom rigs. Kinda fun to watch the old iron stretch its legs again.
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  3. ScotO

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    Looks like a good time, FBF! That'd be a site to see, all those small tractors working together to plow a 50 acre plot......that'd be something I'd enjoy doing!
  4. Joful

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    Active 2-cyl. club around here, almost 100% Deere. I always wondered when I saw these little garden tractors pulling plows, how do they do it without a diff lock? One tire in the muck, seems like that would be a recipe for sitting and spinning.
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    Many of those old garden tractors actually had diff. locks. I know that bolens had a pin on one side of the axle that actually made the rear axle solid.
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  6. Flatbedford

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    No diff lock. Just requires the right balance of plow adjustment, throttle, and ground speed. We all spun out a few times, but only had to back up and get a little running start to keep on going. Some guys were doing better than others. At least these older machines have a bit of weight to help them out. Interestingly, I don't think there were any machines less than 20 years old there. Except, maybe some of the bigger green ones. I don't know much about the green models and what years they were produced.
  7. Joful

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    Makes me miss my 1965 Cub 123... just sold it in March.
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    That is sad.
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    Nice pics. It is great when a group can get together and chew the fat. Here is a plow day two years ago a few miles up the road from me in NH.

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    The smaller tractors were in the upper fields. The annual plow day should be coming up soon.
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  10. nate379

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    Wow... still have a foot of snow here and ground will be frozen solid for at least another month! Dug a trench last year in mid June and I was still hitting ice.
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    That's cool, love the steel wheel tractor.

    I've plowed a few acres with my tractor and being an engineer, had the plow set up and adjusted to perfection so that it would have the proper attack angle and a flat bottom when I had half of the machine on the dirt and half up on the sod. Anyway, traction is not a problem. That plow tries to suck itself to China so the plow puts weight on the rear tires. No diff lock needed unless maybe you stop and it's uphill or wet.
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    I took this photo at a plow day last year.

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    That's the 6 hp model.
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    Where was that?
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    Those are probably 2-3hp each! Those are big horses.
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    Those plows are set up perfectly! Some serious horsepower there too.
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    I didn't see any green machines in that photo that could've been produced after 1992. ;)
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    Those JD 430s are monsters. Hardly a garden tractor if you ask me.
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    Interesting point. At what point is it a compact tractor and not a garden tractor anymore?
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    Somewhere between the red and green tractors.

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  24. MasterMech

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    Personally I would say if it's backhoe capable , that's a good indicator that your no longer in Garden Tractor territory. That's not a hard and fast rule however. Neither is this one, if it comes with a mower deck (included in the price of the machine, not as a separate attachment) then it's a garden tractor.

    These days the riding lawn equipment category (and a little beyond ;)) is broken down like this:

    Rear-engine Riders (picture the Snapper riders that were popular in the 70's/80's)

    Lawn Tractors, Front engined machines with mid mounted mower decks - NOT rated for ground engaging attachments like a tiller.

    Garden Tractors - Also front engined machines (generally, Gravely just had to be different, :p) that ARE designed to run tillers and other ground engaging attachements.

    Sub-Compact Utility Tractors - SCUT (Think Kubota BX, John Deere 2210, 2305, 102x machines) Generally loader/backhoe capable machines that also have mid-mount mowers available. Rear PTO and 3 pt hitch is present as well.

    Compact Utility Tractors - Rear PTO/3 pt hitch, Definitely loader/backhoe capable, generally 20-60 HP. May or may not have a mid-mower option. Within this category there are three frame sizes, small (Deere 2x20 series or Kubota B3030 type machines), medium (Deere 770/790, 3x20 series), and large. (Deere (4x20's, 970/990, etc.)

    Utility Tractors - Basically small farm tractors that may not have fully adjustable tread width, dual tire options, etc. Examples are the Deere 5000 series machines and the Kubota M series.
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    Stan Rogers, The Field Behind the Plow.

    "... So ease the throttle out a hair, every rod's a gain, there's victory in every quarter mile."

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