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    Default Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    I've been fixing up old implements on the farm to pull behind my Fordson Major Diesel (3 bottom plough, 12' field cultivator, 12' spike harrow) but I still need a disc. I have an uncle who says he knows of a 12' tandem disc with hydraulic lift that I could probably buy very cheap. My uncle is a farmer, so he knows way more than I ever will about this stuff, but I was wondering if 12' is too big for the Major or if it will pull it. My land is flat, so hills will not be an issue. The ground is not rocky at all, but it can be quite sticky, so I'm guessing it could pull heavy. It has been tilled and planted every year, so I'm not breaking new ground, just reworking it.

    Also, the tractor in question has practically brand new loaded rear tires, rear wheel weights and about 350 lbs of front weights. I'm guessing the total weight is somewhere between 7000 - 7500 lbs.

    I haven't looked at the disc yet, but thought I'd get some opinions before I make the trip. Any thoughts?

    Joe
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    Default Re: Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    In the ground that you describe and the tractor weighted the way it is, I think it will pull it. I don't think that it will wont much else. An 8~10' would probably be a better match but if the 12' was cheap I would probably go for it.
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    Default Re: Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    Maybe yes, maybe no. Not enough info about the disc is known. An Oliver 252 or Deere AW or KBA would be OK; a heavy disc wouldn't be satisfactory behind a Major.
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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    Default Re: Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    It should pull it fine. I pull a 6' disk with my Massey 1020 in two wheel drive. It weighs 3500lbs. Pulls fine in the heavy loam soil we have while taking a deep cut on previously plowed soil. If its cheap I would buy it. You can interchange the hydraulic cylinder out with a hand crank jack.

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    Default Re: Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE R View Post
    It should pull it fine. I pull a 6' disk with my Massey 1020 in two wheel drive. It weighs 3500lbs. Pulls fine in the heavy loam soil we have while taking a deep cut on previously plowed soil. If its cheap I would buy it. You can interchange the hydraulic cylinder out with a hand crank jack.
    The Major has rear hydraulics, so that won't be a problem. I'm just wondering if the disc is too much for the tractor. I really should heed RickB's advice and make the drive to see what model it is so I have more information to go by. I wasn't thinking of the different weights of the different brands and models.

    Joe
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    Ford 1510: Du-Al 105 Loader, "The Thumb" Grapple, Bush Hog RBC60 Rear Blade, Woods HC54 Rotary Cutter, Tarter 5' Heavy-Duty Hinge Back Box Blade, Buhler Farm King Y600 Snowblower

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    You can always chop a few disks off to make it a 10 footer.

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    Default Re: Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE R View Post
    You can always chop a few disks off to make it a 10 footer.
    YES! The voice of reason!

    If the tool is cheap, MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU.

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    Default Re: Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE R View Post
    You can always chop a few disks off to make it a 10 footer.
    Quote Originally Posted by CalG View Post
    YES! The voice of reason!

    If the tool is cheap, MAKE IT WORK FOR YOU.
    Subtitle: How to turn an inexpensive implement into an expensive one with scrap resale value by adding unspecified amounts of time, effort and materials.
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickB

    Subtitle: How to turn an inexpensive implement into an expensive one with scrap resale value by adding unspecified amounts of time, effort and materials.
    I doubt its that much effort. Take the nut off the axle slide the disks off and slide a peice of pipe over as a spacer. It only would take 30 minutes or so.

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    Default Re: Field disc. Will my Major pull it?

    Quote Originally Posted by MIKE R View Post
    You can always chop a few disks off to make it a 10 footer.
    That's what I did with a 13-ft Minneapolis Moline wheel disc (made by Krause) I picked up a few years ago for $600. Removed 4 pans from each axle to get it down to about 8.5 ft wide. Pulls fine with my Mahindra 5525 (55 hp engine, about 6500 lb tractor weight with FEL) in dry soil. Used it yesterday on my 6-acre hayfield that previously had been worked with my 7-ft offset pull disc.

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