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    I have my 5200 and it does everything for me around here. Cheapest and most reliable hand money can buy for me. Anyway, after I burned down the sweet corn residue last week from the first couple rounds, I had to work it in. The tiller didn't really care for the amount of residue I put through and I didn't either. So my question is, what type of disk would be suitable to break up the residue and maybe loosen the top bit of soil prior to the tiller? Also would be handy to chop up pumpkin residue and the like to avoid tangling in the tines. Never really cared for three point ones but if that's what I need so be it. I know I don't have enough HP to do much with a disk. Can't get a bigger machine yet, even though the 5200 wouldn't ever leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    I have my 5200 and it does everything for me around here. Cheapest and most reliable hand money can buy for me. Anyway, after I burned down the sweet corn residue last week from the first couple rounds, I had to work it in. The tiller didn't really care for the amount of residue I put through and I didn't either. So my question is, what type of disk would be suitable to break up the residue and maybe loosen the top bit of soil prior to the tiller? Also would be handy to chop up pumpkin residue and the like to avoid tangling in the tines. Never really cared for three point ones but if that's what I need so be it. I know I don't have enough HP to do much with a disk. Can't get a bigger machine yet, even though the 5200 wouldn't ever leave.
    A good disk is heavy. This is the weak aspect of a 3-pt disk. Take a look at this pull-type disk: https://www.rhinoag.com/products/lan...-disc-harrows/. They show one of the most valuable specfiications, "weight per blade".
    You'll see that these pull-type disks have at least double (almost triple) the weight per blade of their 3-pt disks.

    You would have plenty of horsepower for the 8' version.

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    Most of the time, I would brush hog the milo or corn stalks and then run the disc over it. Disk doesn't cut in that great the first time, but wait until it rains on it and then run the disk over it. The disk will cut in much better when there is good amount of moisture. If you need it covered up quickly, a plow will be the way to go. I see the 5200 is about 46hp and you should be able to pull a 8' disk with no problem and the notched blades will give you a better cut than the smooth blades will. I get along better with a pull type disk, rather than a 3pt hitch one. Time and rain are your friend when tilling under crop residue.
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    Mulch first

    Most of the farmers around here use a stalk shredder or bat wing mower on corn fields before planting small grain. They mow as close to the ground as possible without scalping. Then if possible, they will wait for a rain or at least a bit of time to let the residue settle before planting.

    I second the idea of weight for using a disk to cut residue. Notched blades on the front will help penetration. Covering residue will depend on whether the disk can get into the ground and how aggressively you set the angle on the gangs.

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    Good to know. I do brush hog first but we have had a lack of rain lately with not more than 30% chance in the upcoming two weeks. I also dislike three point disks just for that reason.
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    I know it's an old thread. I have an opportunity at an international disk at auction this week. It's ten feet wide. Everyone I've talked to says I should have enough power to do what I want,which is just one pass on unworked ground. Just curious as to what people on here think.
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    Looking at the specs I think you will pull it especially if yours is a 4x4. Certainly if your not running it deep to cut stalks.

    Last year on our field corn which has more residue than sweet we ran the tiller over it at the minimum depth we could set it to, perhaps an 1”. It spun fast enough to work like a stalk chopper before I chisel plowed it.
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    Worst case, you pull a disk or two off the ends of the axles. You might also get away with turning your fuel up. ;)
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    Ok. Mines only 2 wheel drive. I normally hit my sweet corn residue with a brush hog first. You can turn the fuel pump up on these? I've been wondering. We came to the conclusion that I'd probably have enough power, but I may have to add weight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    I know it's an old thread. I have an opportunity at an international disk at auction this week. It's ten feet wide. Everyone I've talked to says I should have enough power to do what I want,which is just one pass on unworked ground. Just curious as to what people on here think.
    Is this an old 37 or 370 International Disk? If so, they were good disks.
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