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    Default Two Row Cultivator

    I found an old Ford two row cultivator that appears to be in good working order. The guy who has it wants 100 bucks for it. Does that sound like a fair price?

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    Default Re: Two Row Cultivator

    Not a bad deal, they do an ok job, but not as well as a 2-row tractor with mounted cultivators in front and back of the rear tires like a Farmall C, H, Allis C, or a 1-row like a Farmall A, cub etc.. These types get closer to the rows and remove significantly more weeds plus have much better ground clearance letting them work with higher crops. I grow quite a few acres of sweetcorn and field corn without using herbicdes and have never been happy with the results of a 3-pt cultivator compared to these other types. Personally, I would not waste my time with one, but if you are only doing small acreage, don't mind using some herbicides, or are limited to a 3-pt tractor, then it may work ok for you.

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    Steve - TC33D 4x4 FEL, dual rear remotes with toys

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    Default Re: Two Row Cultivator

    Quote Originally Posted by TNhobbyfarmer
    I found an old Ford two row cultivator that appears to be in good working order. The guy who has it wants 100 bucks for it. Does that sound like a fair price?
    If it is all there (coulter, all shanks, feet, some sweeps maybe) and is straight, that is, it isn't sprung out of "plumb" so to speak, that is an excellent price.

    It might not have quite the ground clearance on a crop like corn, but on peanuts, peas, cotton, I'll take an N-Ford, a 600 Ford, or a 135 Ferguson and plow just as close to the row as anyone will with the behind the front wheels mounted cultivators. I have seen both and used both, and it is just according to what you are used to.

    I love the old Farmalls, Deeres, AC's, etc., but really, when Ford/Ferguson showed up with three-point hitch, draft control, and 3 pt. implements (like the two-row cultivator you are considering) those old tractors were, for the most part, parked against the fence row to be revived by restoration buffs and nostalgia enthusiasts. I'm speaking of row-crop country in the South, cotton/corn/peanuts.

    As far as "if you are only doing small acreage", I personally knew a man who worked 200+ acres of cotton/corn/peanuts with two 9N's, two 2-14" Ford bottom plows, two 2 row cultivators, one set of Covington planters, two 6 ft.disc harrows, and he always had his crops planted and laid-by in time to stay in town for a week during the July term of court. He always had clean crops (before herbicides were available) and made good yields.

    Buy the cultivator. I wish I could find three of them at that price.

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    Amen to that redlevel. I just 100% restored my grandfather's old Ford two row and I have over $100 in it in just new bolts and washers. She's got brand new bolts, sweeps and has been sand blasted and painted back the original Ford blue. I would buy all of them that I could get my hands on for $100.

    Quote Originally Posted by redlevel
    If it is all there (coulter, all shanks, feet, some sweeps maybe) and is straight, that is, it isn't sprung out of "plumb" so to speak, that is an excellent price.

    It might not have quite the ground clearance on a crop like corn, but on peanuts, peas, cotton, I'll take an N-Ford, a 600 Ford, or a 135 Ferguson and plow just as close to the row as anyone will with the behind the front wheels mounted cultivators. I have seen both and used both, and it is just according to what you are used to.

    I love the old Farmalls, Deeres, AC's, etc., but really, when Ford/Ferguson showed up with three-point hitch, draft control, and 3 pt. implements (like the two-row cultivator you are considering) those old tractors were, for the most part, parked against the fence row to be revived by restoration buffs and nostalgia enthusiasts. I'm speaking of row-crop country in the South, cotton/corn/peanuts.

    As far as "if you are only doing small acreage", I personally knew a man who worked 200+ acres of cotton/corn/peanuts with two 9N's, two 2-14" Ford bottom plows, two 2 row cultivators, one set of Covington planters, two 6 ft.disc harrows, and he always had his crops planted and laid-by in time to stay in town for a week during the July term of court. He always had clean crops (before herbicides were available) and made good yields.

    Buy the cultivator. I wish I could find three of them at that price.

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