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    Default Disc Harrow Alterations

    I have recently purchased a used Long disc harrow. Have just now gotten a chance to look it over. Got a few things I am wanting to do to it.

    #1) It measured 9' across the back disc gangs. I prefer it to be 8' since it would make it easier to transport and get around in the woods with. After looking it over this morning I determined I could unbolt the hangers and slide them in. The rear is now adjusted to 8' wide. I noticed I do not now have the typical wide gap between the rear gangs. I used it this afternoon and turned under about 4 acres with no noticeable issues. Anyone ever dealt with this and is there any reason for concern? Should I just move it back?

    #2) Took the outside disc blade off on each of the front axles to verify the axle size. According to my measurements they are 1-1/8" axles. The blades right now are very worn 20" blades and I am entertaining the possibility of going back with 22" blades as this was what I was wanting on a new one. I figure they will be a little heavier and taller and should cut better. Any reason not to pursue this?

    #3) Recently replaced a worn axle on another disc, see attached picture. The blades wouldn't ever tighten up and would spin on the axle. While checking mine I found the axles also showed similiar signs of wear, but have no issue tightening up. One of the axles is slightly bent and I plan on changing it anyway. As long as the blades tighten up and don't spin on axle is it worth changing out all of them while I have it apart?

    Thanks in advance for all suggestions.
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    I would adjust the rear gangs to collect the dirt thrown outwards by the front gangs, no more and no less. I would pick a gear around 5 mph which would allow the front gangs to throw the dirt outwards. If you set them too far out you will leave a rut in the middle, what you want is to adjust them where they leave the ground reasonably level.

    For the 22" blades, just make sure you have enough clearance for them. Recognize that larger thicker and heavier blades will put more stress on the axles too.

    Might be able to weld up the notches in the axles but I would be concerned about loosing the temper. If you add some spacers (think thick washers) to the inside end of the axle you should be able to offset the notches enough to expose the blade centers to a new portion of the axle that isn't worn. I would consider adding about 3/8" spacer to accomplish this.

    I wouldn't change out all of the axles, I would try to straighten the bent axle and if I didn't have success I would change only the bent axle. When you tighten the axle and hub assemblies around the blades the axle should be in tension. For this reason if it has a slight bend in it you should be able to straighten it and reuse it. The blade spacers play an important role in keeping the blades aligned as well as keeping the axle from bending, so keep the axle end nut tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    I would adjust the rear gangs to collect the dirt thrown outwards by the front gangs, no more and no less. I would pick a gear around 5 mph which would allow the front gangs to throw the dirt outwards. If you set them too far out you will leave a rut in the middle, what you want is to adjust them where they leave the ground reasonably level.

    For the 22" blades, just make sure you have enough clearance for them. Recognize that larger thicker and heavier blades will put more stress on the axles too.

    Might be able to weld up the notches in the axles but I would be concerned about loosing the temper. If you add some spacers (think thick washers) to the inside end of the axle you should be able to offset the notches enough to expose the blade centers to a new portion of the axle that isn't worn. I would consider adding about 3/8" spacer to accomplish this.

    I wouldn't change out all of the axles, I would try to straighten the bent axle and if I didn't have success I would change only the bent axle. When you tighten the axle and hub assemblies around the blades the axle should be in tension. For this reason if it has a slight bend in it you should be able to straighten it and reuse it. The blade spacers play an important role in keeping the blades aligned as well as keeping the axle from bending, so keep the axle end nut tight.

    Steve, Thanks for the input.

    Speed wise that is about where I am running. Current settings is leaving a smooth and level bed. I am not satisfied with the 3 pt hitch set up. It is allowing to much movement and allowing the rear to rise. By the time I extend the top link it isn't leaving much clearance when lifting to turn or transport.

    As for the 22" blades, I don't think I will have a problem with clearance. Most of what I am seeing with 22" blades is on 1-1/8" axles. It appears a popular combination that must be holding up pretty good???

    Good idea on the axles. Had not considered the washers as spacers to get to a new part of the axle.

    I got this disc for what I felt like was a good price and don't mind spending a little on it to get it right. The frame is 4" square. I even considered replacing some of them. One of them is rusting on the inside. Picked this disc up last week in Summit. You probably familiar with Summit just outside of McComb.

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    Default Re: Disc Harrow Alterations

    When I bought my 3 pt disk I didn't realize they installed the rear gangs way in to reduce shipping width and you're supposed to move them out. Problem it made was it created a hill in the center even at slow speeds. I am embarrassed to say I didn't realize the rear gangs needed to be adjusted out until I read it here. Now I have have them set out far enough to pull in the dirt thrown out by the fronts and not create a hill in the center. So creating a problem like I had is the thing to watch out for by setting your rear gangs in too far.

    I am amazed at the condition of some disks I have seen at auctions. Apparently you can have all the blades loose, bearings completely shot, broken spools, and the disk will still work okay. Surely they didn't all fall into complete disrepair the last time they used it prior to the auction. Besides my 3 pt disk, I have a 13' pull behind disk that is over 40 years old. I check to make sure my blades are tight and bearings are in good shape, and any cracked blades are taken care of.
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    Default Re: Disc Harrow Alterations

    Getting some new blades on the disc may help with the set problems you are having.
    I used to live outside of Summit actually on Hywy 98W, I use McComb as a reference because of it being more recognized. The Southern Tractor dealership in Summit is where I bought my first Deere. Used to be Price Tractor, great people.

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    I intended to take a picture yesterday of the finished product after using with the rear gangs moved in. I could not tell any noticeable difference in the plowed area, other than the 1' less turned. In my thinking as long as it is pulling in what is thrown out, the extra set of inside blades will only cut more, give more weight and still allow me to move it back out to 9' wide if I ever see a need to. It looks different than most as all that I have seen have a greater separation between the inmost rear gang blades. I thought I would put this out to see if anyone had ever done this and had a bad experience due to something I was overlooking.

    Think for time being will leave at it's new position and begin looking into the blade replacements and 3pt hitch. Once I get the structural like I want it I plan to finish it up with a new coat of paint.

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    Default Re: Disc Harrow Alterations

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinsph View Post
    Getting some new blades on the disc may help with the set problems you are having.
    I used to live outside of Summit actually on Hywy 98W, I use McComb as a reference because of it being more recognized. The Southern Tractor dealership in Summit is where I bought my first Deere. Used to be Price Tractor, great people.
    We have a Southern Tractor dealership in Hattiesburg too. Used to be Lovitt Equipment. Mr. Lovitt still works there. I went by the Summit dealership while there just to see what it looked like. Picked up a couple tubes of grease I needed to make it worth my time.

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    Default Re: Disc Harrow Alterations

    It seems the consensus is that as long as the soil is left level behind the plow that there is no real concern over the distance between the two rear disc gangs being closer than normal. Thought about emailing a manufacturer to get their opinion too, but haven't yet.

    Based on the fact that the axle size is standard for most 22" blades and as long as they clear adequately, is there any reason not to go back with the biggest(22") blades possible? Have been looking on AgriSupply.com to get an idea of what is out there and there appears to be several different versions available. I have determined I do not want anything less than 4.5mm or 7 ga. Is it better to go with the thickest possible regardless of price or is there not much gain once you get to a certain point. Some were double the price for one more mm thicker. In looking at the Frontier site, the DH1396 I was looking at states 4 mm blades on it. Is it safe to assume that is adequate? Is there a significant difference in country's of origin or are they all basically the same quality?

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    Default Re: Disc Harrow Alterations

    I had a super heavy 14 foot tandem pull type disc back in the 60's that had 1/4" blades on it which was the thickest available on a tandem farm disc and they never broke even if it ran up on an underground stump and picked the whole disc up on one blade. It took a 100 HP tractor to pull it but it would cut to the axles in one pass on most soil. It also took 4 tires to carry it due to the weight. I cant see that you would need that thick of blades on your 8 foot. My 8 footer as shown in photos has about 1/8" thick blades (estimated) as I didnt measure them last time I changed out an axle and it cuts pretty well. I have to have my 50 HP tractor in 4 WD to pull it. I just noticed in the photos that the front gangs are quiet wide apart and should probably be moved in closer. Looks like another project in development thanks to TBN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary Fowler View Post
    I had a super heavy 14 foot tandem pull type disc back in the 60's that had 1/4" blades on it which was the thickest available on a tandem farm disc and they never broke even if it ran up on an underground stump and picked the whole disc up on one blade. It took a 100 HP tractor to pull it but it would cut to the axles in one pass on most soil. It also took 4 tires to carry it due to the weight. I cant see that you would need that thick of blades on your 8 foot. My 8 footer as shown in photos has about 1/8" thick blades (estimated) as I didnt measure them last time I changed out an axle and it cuts pretty well. I have to have my 50 HP tractor in 4 WD to pull it. I just noticed in the photos that the front gangs are quiet wide apart and should probably be moved in closer. Looks like another project in development thanks to TBN.
    Gary,
    In looking back at the pictures, I don't believe I can move the fronts any closer together without the blades hitting each other. Out of curiousity, what size blades are you running? I noticed you too have six across the back. Are they 9" spacing? Also noticed the rail placed for extra weight. I am trying to see if I can make decisions now to avoid having to add extra weight to it. Does the set up you have cut well in new ground? How about previously broken ground with heavy grass?

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