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rumblecloud

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What's the worst that could happen?


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Fun times, on Saturday I mowed (been a dumb spring, ground is liquid, rained more than not for the last 3 months...) since grass has been growing like crazy
Last fall we bought a Cyclone Rake to pick up all the leaves rather than rake them into piles and burn em. Turns out the other thing the rake is good for is picking up grass that's grown too long because of spring weather like what you describe. This spring was really bad though.
The last three days is all I have been doing. The fields are still too soft and besides that a robin has decided to build her nest on the exhaust manifold of my 5000. Now there's four eggs in it. So no brush hoggin' for awhile.

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...need to get my 3pt disc fixed and work it up...
So.... is discing the way to go to help level out the ruts (I have a few). Tore up the trail back into my little woods where I go to get firewood and I need to get it ironed out. Plus, I would like to attack the field where I fly my RC stuff. Years ago it was plowed, disc'd and cultipacked. then planted ifor wildlife (clover, alfalfa, timothy, etc). Problem is it still pretty rough and I woul like to smooth it out.
We were thinking a disc would be a good start. What do you think?
 

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In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
They make a thing called a pulverizer that I have found very useful for smoothing and final grading. Plus, it rakes the roots out pretty good. It has hard tines that can dig and rake, us a roller with little spikes that breaks up dirt clods and helps smooth and pack. It's not for heavy digging, just light grading and finish work.
 

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Man... I want a tractor.

Gonna have to wait until I buy a place.
 

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So.... is discing the way to go to help level out the ruts (I have a few). Tore up the trail back into my little woods where I go to get firewood and I need to get it ironed out. Plus, I would like to attack the field where I fly my RC stuff. Years ago it was plowed, disc'd and cultipacked. then planted ifor wildlife (clover, alfalfa, timothy, etc). Problem is it still pretty rough and I woul like to smooth it out.
We were thinking a disc would be a good start. What do you think?
Disk and a blade.

I disked some of my yard a few years ago, it took a couple years for the ridges to work out and I didn't feel it while mowing the yard.
 

scotts90ranger

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Disc is just one step in the process, there's a chance I might borrow my brothers Ford 7000 and 8' tiller, that would probably save time... A disc is better on the ground than a plow for compaction from what I've heard, it takes some time though, if you corner with a disc it can make things worse if always in the same direction. Conveniently my disc is a Massey Furguson that is independently adjustable front and back. The front gangs do the digging and the rear push it back to the center so you can fix or cause several things... depending on the 3 point angle and the two angles it should be much better than the ancient pull type that just had 5 settings, not to mention it was bigger than my tractor could handle...

My plan is to disc to get everything dead and rotting, in a square pattern then 45* from there and probably the other way. That should hopefully get it broken up, then the spring tooth, then take the box scraper around and drag the dirt around to where it needs to be, might need to spot disc from there depending, then drag the 8' wide scraper thing around, mix in the chain harrow and spike harrow depending on clods... I hope to get it flat enough for RC airplanes too, I think I flew a glider here once and that's it, I need to get the planes out again...
 

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Plowing causes the opposite of compaction.

Then you harrow and disk afterwards to smooth it out and you are smooth enough for crop production.
 

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Ok, true, plowing turns over the dirt, lays the top on the bottom to kill the weeds, which is all fine and good but if you are constantly plowing the same area year after year to the same depth and not growing root crops that go more than say 8-10" deep you are going to have some compaction... probably a long shot and would take a lot of repetition... and be fixed with a chisel plow or chisel disc...

Thinking about it, a 2 bottom plow might not be bad for me to start, I have one I could borrow...

I've worked up the area once before about 6 years ago, but the gophers, moles and voles are mean...
 

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Ok, true, plowing turns over the dirt, lays the top on the bottom to kill the weeds, which is all fine and good but if you are constantly plowing the same area year after year to the same depth and not growing root crops that go more than say 8-10" deep you are going to have some compaction... probably a long shot and would take a lot of repetition... and be fixed with a chisel plow or chisel disc...
AKA "plow pan"

Just disking does the same thing only much shallower (depending on the disk)
 

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Tire Size
35"
Well, yesterday my brother and I went and picked up another tractor for him, was cheap enough... $1500 for a non running diesel Ford 4100 with decent tires. Turns out the fuel had gone bad somehow (smelled turpentiney...) and the petcock was plugged solid with aluminum corrosion and the fuel pump is gummed up or the fuel shutoff is stuck on or something... worst case it's a transmission and tires for another tractor and spare parts...
 

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