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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    So I gave it a shot, and I couldn't even get my subsoiler to dig in more than 4 inches in most places.

    Not sure what my next move should even be...

    Ideas?

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    Quote Originally Posted by dkizerian View Post
    So I gave it a shot, and I couldn't even get my subsoiler to dig in more than 4 inches in most places.

    Not sure what my next move should even be...

    Ideas?
    So have you tried making multiple passes over the same row? Are you sure your 3ph will allow it to go deeper?

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    Quote Originally Posted by Sterff View Post
    So have you tried making multiple passes over the same row? Are you sure your 3ph will allow it to go deeper?
    Haven't tried multiple passes with the subsoiler - Have with the cultivator and it doesn't really do much the 2nd or 3rd times.

    3pt will let it drop about 8 inches more. I unhooked the top link and swiveled the subsoiler out of the wy to verify that it wasn't bottoming out the 3pt.

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    A field cultivator is a secondary tillage tool. 6 inches or less.
    A chisel plow is a primary tillage tool. 12 inches or less.
    A subsoiler is a deep tillage tool. 24 inches or less, depending on what it actually is.
    You aren't going to substantially change those facts.
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    Make sure the shovels are in good shape & not worn out. I had bought a seven shank cultivator-Deere. It had worn shovels. I could pull it about 5 mph in dry hard ground doing food plots. With more moisture, I would have to slow down to 3 mph, but it was no load for my 40 hp tractor. I had even thought about adding a couple of shanks. Last spring I put on new shovels, headed to the field, expecting to see how deep it would go at 3 mph. I dropped the 3 pt lever all the way down & came to a sudden halt. I had to use the lever stops to keep it from going too deep. By the time I got done tilling up 7 food plots, I was pulling up tree roots from when the fields were cleared 25 yrs ago & farmed each year until 15 years ago. No way could I add any more shanks now. On soil that has not been tilled for over 20 years I could let the control all the way down, but the second trip over it, I had to use the depth stops even with extra weight in the loader bucket-4wd.

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    Quote Originally Posted by dkizerian View Post
    So I gave it a shot, and I couldn't even get my subsoiler to dig in more than 4 inches in most places.

    Not sure what my next move should even be...

    Ideas?
    You know the answer--you don't have the right equipment for what you want to do (need more hp for sure). So I'd either rent the right equipment or find someone who does have the tractor/implement to do your job and hire the work done. Once your field has been properly subsoiled, then your smaller equipment will have a much better chance of working the way you want it to work.

    Good luck.

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    Quote Originally Posted by flusher View Post
    You know the answer--you don't have the right equipment for what you want to do (need more hp for sure). So I'd either rent the right equipment or find someone who does have the tractor/implement to do your job and hire the work done. Once your field has been properly subsoiled, then your smaller equipment will have a much better chance of working the way you want it to work.

    Good luck.
    I thought the subsoiler was the right equipment, and the tractor pulls it just fine, it just won't pull itself down. The couple of times it did suck down, I had no problem pulling it.

    People have recommended a chisel plow, how deep do these go? I know a guy around here that will come and chisel plow my yard, would that help me get the subsoiler to work?

    Thanks to everyone for the advise

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    Sometimes you just have to wait for rain. It's happened to me with a 100 hp tractor. Soil was so dry the subsoiler just slid on the surface.
    That picture posted with the middle buster on the kubota: You can replace the plow end with a single tooth for opening up the soil. I bought a new one for $125 with the middle buster and the tooth came with it.

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    Quote Originally Posted by cattrack View Post
    Make sure the shovels are in good shape & not worn out.
    Cattrack wins! I made it back ou tonight and looked at the points, and they were nonexistent. I turned each around, went back out and as soon as I lowered the 3pt it went straight down and stopped the tractor. In a single pass, stopping the 3pt right before it stopped the tractor I was getting about 6-8 inches. On the second pass it'd got to about 8-10 inches.

    Now I'm going to try some sort of better point on the subsoiler, as the one I have doesn't look great, and might be why it won't go down.

    Thanks all

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    Default Re: Getting a field cultivator to go deeper

    The subsoiler is a single point, and is basicly a 1 point chisel plow.

    New point or near new on it, then you have it angled right with the top link keeping it nice & straight, and then if it doesn't suck in you have dry clay that is packed hard and you need to wait for moisture that soaks in as deep as you want to go.

    --->Paul

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