Over arm, side arm cultivator?
I have a BX2660 Kubota. Nice tractor and does what I need it to, generally, except it is low on ground clearance. This makes it not suitable for cultivating the garden. So, this year I'm out with a hoe cultivating while the tractor sits. This, of course, keeps me out there with one of my favorite sayings where I'm thinking "every time I begin to think I'm a pretty smart guy, I do something like this". I've considered getting a larger tractor with more ground clearance, but I just don't want to take a beating on the trade/sale unless I can't make the 2660 work for me.
I'm thinking of making an over-arm cultivator that would allow me to reach about 4-6', a couple rows, to either side and drop a couple points into the furrow. Given it would hang out there pretty far off the side of the 3pt., I might have to have an anchor point off the front to triangulate the load. The arm would be center pin mounted off the 3 pt to swing to either side. I'd have to reverse the points after changing sides or I could just make it one sided and turn the tractor around. It might not be the most efficient use of space as I'd have to leave a bare 4' for the tractor every 4 rows, but if it works I could pretty much retire the hoe. I could then find something else to wrap my favorite saying around:thumbsup:
What do you think?
Re: Over arm, side arm cultivator?
I feel your pain. I have a Kubota B2620 and although it has 12 inch of clearance I'm still out there hoeing. I keep telling myself I don't compact the soil as much as the tractor would.
I have a friend who has a garden of about 10 strips of soil 5 feet wide and about 100 long. Between these strips he has mowed grass walkways about 4 feet wide. Looks nice! Your idea would be ideal for his set up.