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    Default homemade cultipackers

    i have and try to manage pine trees in the south on my farm.
    i have been to tree farm courses, seminars and meetings.
    i also have been recently to an all day seminar on food plots for wildlife.
    the issue is getting small seed to germinate and not planting it too deep.

    i saw a picture of a homemade cultipacker made out of drain tile, filled with concrete. i have a tractor - so i like 3 point hitches.
    i almost bid on a 8 foot nice metal cultipacker one a month ago at an auction - it went for 325. i don't own a 4 wheeler - yet!

    does anyone of you know a company that sells them reasonable? or has drawings on how to make one. i don't weld myself, but i have a neighbor that fixes things for me and is wiling to make one.

    i have alot of hill sides recently cleared that i need to get grass planted.
    i can disk harrow and run the front end loader backwards, but i'd like to get my hands on one of those cultipackers. starting to get some silt washing and need to get grass planted soon.

    any ideas out there on this subject or drawings?
    i have tried searching the web.

    michelle

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    Quote Originally Posted by michellesc7
    i have and try to manage pine trees in the south on my farm.
    i have been to tree farm courses, seminars and meetings.
    i also have been recently to an all day seminar on food plots for wildlife.
    the issue is getting small seed to germinate and not planting it too deep.

    i saw a picture of a homemade cultipacker made out of drain tile, filled with concrete. i have a tractor - so i like 3 point hitches.
    i almost bid on a 8 foot nice metal cultipacker one a month ago at an auction - it went for 325. i don't own a 4 wheeler - yet!

    does anyone of you know a company that sells them reasonable? or has drawings on how to make one. i don't weld myself, but i have a neighbor that fixes things for me and is wiling to make one.

    i have alot of hill sides recently cleared that i need to get grass planted.
    i can disk harrow and run the front end loader backwards, but i'd like to get my hands on one of those cultipackers. starting to get some silt washing and need to get grass planted soon.

    any ideas out there on this subject or drawings?
    i have tried searching the web.

    michelle
    michelle, I did a search on the web and found plans for several home made ones. A lot of folks will tell you a lawn roller will work and they're right, they will, but the difference in a field thats been rolled and one a cultipacker as been used on is like daylight and dark, I did the auction looking also and decided after paying shipping cost on a used one, I was as well or better off buying a new one. One thing, if you go the homemade route, make sure to use something well grooved instead of a smooth or even semi-smooth roller

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    I'm probably no help on the cultipacker, but would like to say howdy. I lived in North Augusta for a few years and drove through your neck of the woods everyday heading to the "bomb plant" Still have friends that live off of Pine Log road.

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    I had my eye on a 16' cultipacker. I figured I could shorten it a bit. When I finally got the money it was gone. Another local farm/junk dealer has some 4' ones for $350. I'm still looking, JC
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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    Quote Originally Posted by michellesc7
    i have and try to manage pine trees in the south on my farm.
    i have been to tree farm courses, seminars and meetings.
    i also have been recently to an all day seminar on food plots for wildlife.
    the issue is getting small seed to germinate and not planting it too deep.

    i saw a picture of a homemade cultipacker made out of drain tile, filled with concrete. i have a tractor - so i like 3 point hitches.
    i almost bid on a 8 foot nice metal cultipacker one a month ago at an auction - it went for 325. i don't own a 4 wheeler - yet!

    does anyone of you know a company that sells them reasonable? or has drawings on how to make one. i don't weld myself, but i have a neighbor that fixes things for me and is wiling to make one.

    i have alot of hill sides recently cleared that i need to get grass planted.
    i can disk harrow and run the front end loader backwards, but i'd like to get my hands on one of those cultipackers. starting to get some silt washing and need to get grass planted soon.

    any ideas out there on this subject or drawings?
    i have tried searching the web.

    michelle
    Here's one version

    Homemade cultipacker - QDMA Forums

    It's more of a roller than a cultipacker.
    I was planning to make one of these things when I found a real cultipacker at a local farm equipment dealer




    It's an 8-footer. Cost me $600. I had been following cultipackers on eBay for over a year. The average auction price was around $590, IIRC.

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    AWESOME!!!
    I have a big enough tractor and I could pull it- where exactly are you located? I will check out the forum. The new ones are high from what I am told- don't really know why. What have you planted?
    Thanks,
    Michelle

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    Quote Originally Posted by michellesc7
    i saw a picture of a homemade cultipacker made out of drain tile, filled with concrete. i have a tractor - so i like 3 point hitches.
    i almost bid on a 8 foot nice metal cultipacker one a month ago at an auction - it went for 325. i don't own a 4 wheeler - yet!

    does anyone of you know a company that sells them reasonable? or has drawings on how to make one. i don't weld myself, but i have a neighbor that fixes things for me and is wiling to make one.

    any ideas out there on this subject or drawings?
    i have tried searching the web.

    michelle
    Here you go.

    http://www.bae.lsu.edu/NR/rdonlyres/...ultipacker.pdf

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    I'm building one using the same packer wheels and design as on the qdma link posted above.

    Mine will be a 9 footer and I plan on beefing it up a little more than the one on there due to the weight and I will be driving several miles on ranch roads between each of my food plots.

    This has been the best option I have seen especially since all of the parts are easily obtainable.

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    i don't understand the foam discussion on the QDMA Site and i am concerned about pulling a lumpy log with that one - i do like its other design features. don't know about the wooded endcaps.
    maybe a hybrid between the LSU model and the QDMA model - i like the cinders with the concrete fill. i have wood stove ashes and burnpile ashes - i think that is what they mean by cinders. also a couple of fittlings on the LSU design i'll have to research. it looks like you can back the LSU model. the QDMA model looks like you can pull it only. that is why i like the 3 point hitch ones. you have to consider surrounding trees and turning radius. i need to be able to back and pull. my applications are in the woods.

    i probably need a 4 wheeler to do work.
    but i have too many tractors.

    regards,
    michelle

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    Default Re: homemade cultipackers

    Wow!! I guess I really got a deal several years ago. I went to an auction and they had a 10' cultipacker with 2 broken wheels. I started the bidding at $10 and no one else bid. Took it home, finished breaking off the 2 bad wheels and slid the rest down then put a muffler clamp on the shaft to keep them in place and I've been using it for years.

    If I knew how much they sell for now I'd have continued to pick them up at auctions and kept them for investment income.
    I can't control my day but I can control my attitude.

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