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    Gold Member Kioti Tom's Avatar
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    Default Re: Forcing Scarifier deeper into the earth?

    I have one. It is called a field cultivator. They came out when the Ford/Ferguson 9N came out.
    I have one with the Ferguson tag on it
    The depth
    in the picture is normal. It is not designed to go much deeper. I have the manual for it
    and does not show it buried all the way. I use mine in the garden and use it to renovate
    a friends pasture. The ground must be somewhat moist for the pasture. Hard ground gives it
    a problem.. I have used it in a field that had been planted 2 years before and it buried itself.
    The springs are for when it hits something buried, like a rock, stump, or whatever, the tine
    will move back to protect itself and the spring will return it after it passed the obstruction.
    The springs are available for the Ferguson and Dearborn units. I got mine from a
    New Holland dealer. They are the same. I had to replace 3. 2 missing and 1 broken..

    If it is yours, have fun with it.
    Tom
    Kioti 2012 DS4510 with FEL
    Ford 1948 8N
    Ford 1953 Jubilee
    Power King 1614
    Various 3 pt. equipment
    Sold: Ford 1946 2N, Kioti 2011 DS3510

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    Super Member flusher's Avatar
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    Default Re: Forcing Scarifier deeper into the earth?

    It's a field cultivator, not a scarifier. It's used for secondary tillage. The springs protect the relatively weak tines from damage due to buried rocks, roots, etc. Scarifiers don't have the springs and are of much heavier build. Check the design of a box blade which usually has 5 or more scarifiers that loosen the top 2-3 inches of soil so the blade can do its job. That's why they're called "scar"ifiers--they make shallow scars in the soil.

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    Kubota MX5100F IH McCormick Farmall 140, Massey Ferguson 135

    Default Re: Forcing Scarifier deeper into the earth?

    Around here we call that a tillage tool. Mine has nine shanks and plow points. It really isn't intended to work like a scarifier. It is typically used to till plowed land in preparation for a crop/garden. It takes multiple passes to get the tool deeper. The shape and condition of the plow points will make a diiference.

    It would appear based on the limited photo detail that a subsoiler would help break the hard stuff underneath the top 5 or6 inches. I'm not sure of the value of tilling deeper than the photo shows.

    Based on the texture of the soil if you get much deeper you will plow out long slick clods that will be difficult to break up later. I pull a " float" (a heavy timber) chained behind my tillage tool to help break the clods up and smooth the soil.

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    Default Re: Forcing Scarifier deeper into the earth?

    That's as deep as it's going to go. I'd keep doing what you appear to be doing which is making repeated passes. That will get it a few inches deeper and is the easy way out.

    You could weight it but you need to distribute the weight and might bend it.
    ******

    May I be the kind of person my dogs think I am,

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    Kubota Tractor Loader L3560 HST 37-hp / 5,400 pounds

    Default Re: Forcing Scarifier deeper into the earth?

    Here is a link to Everything Attachments' video which may be helpful:

    How to Use a Ripper / Field Cultivator - Gardening Series - YouTube

    I believe you will get better penetration if you LENGTHEN the Top Link, angling the rippers more into the ground as tractor pulls.

    You may also have an issue with how the 3-Pt hitch is set or adjusted but we would need photos of the rear of the tractor/three point hitch, to be able to diagnose this.

    That is a nice unit. I hope to make its cousin my next implement purchase.

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