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    4044M with old Dearborn Two Bottom Plow

    Hey all,

    Looking to the forum for insight, as I respect ya'lls opinions and experience.

    Getting some manure on my property/garden this late summer and wanting to plow it under for spring. I will also need to plow to help with the compaction from the construction this year. Will likely use it annually for the large garden as well. Looking around at prices and availability - I found an old Dearborn 2 bottom plow for a good price with coulters intact. Looks to be in pretty good shape. While I can find a ton of information on these plows, nothing really combined with the 4044M. The bit of information I have found seems to indicate I should have no issues. With that being said, any tips or information I should know before going to get it? I am certainly not an expert in plows. My uncle says parts will be hard to find, my grandpa says parts will be easy to find . The same contrast appears online, so we'll see I guess. For the price, I will use it, and if I can't find parts, I guess I will scrap/sell/keep it.

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    I have the Dearborn 2 bottom plow for my 4066R. As I understand it, there are 2 models of this plow. The newer model has replaceable plow shares along the bottom whereas the older model does not. I have the newer model. You definitely want coulters to keep a clean furrow. Also if the plows are rusted real bad, it will not scour very well, at least until it has been used extensively. You need to keep grease spread on the plows to keep them from rusting. You will need to take off your drawbar as the plow is very close to the tractor, at least on the model I have. You want to set the 3pt arms so that the right tire is in the furrow and the front plow is cutting fully into the area just to the left of the right tire. It will take some time to get the adjustment right.

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    Dave nailed it!

    As far as replacement parts, the only 2 things you may(??) have to replace are the plow shares and the coulter wheels. Normal maintenance (greasing, keeping clean, preserving when not in use) and they'll last your life time! Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwmeyer View Post
    Dave nailed it!

    As far as replacement parts, the only 2 things you may(??) have to replace are the plow shares and the coulter wheels. Normal maintenance (greasing, keeping clean, preserving when not in use) and they'll last your life time! Bob
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    Your tractor has the horsepower to pull it. You may need to add some wheel weights for traction. If you have the power reverser transmission you will not have any problems. If you have the hydro you may run into power issues. One thing I have noticed about plowing with a hydro is that the fluid will really heat up on you. I plowed 3/4 acre with my 2038r and the hydro fluid was so hot that touching my hydraulic top link caused immediate skin burns.


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    Thanks DR! I learned something...maybe(??). I was familiar with all the terms you mentioned except shin. I now believe this is a replaceable leading edge on the moldboard? Bob
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwmeyer View Post
    Thanks DR! I learned something...maybe(??). I was familiar with all the terms you mentioned except shin. I now believe this is a replaceable leading edge on the moldboard? Bob
    Here is a video showing a Deere 3320 with a 2-12 ferguson plow (same as dearborn). You should have a bit more weight and hp than this 3320, so you should get along even better.



    As for shins, check out this episode. I replace the 'shins' on an old Oliver plow:

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    Thanks for the information so far!

    Taking off the drawbar would be annoying.

    The plow I am looking at is the older version of the Dearborn referenced from the image that ddinham provided. So instead of replacing the plow share, I would have to replace the whole moldboard, which would likely be more expensive if I could even find parts, right?

    I have the hydro trans. I will have to pay attention to any overheating issues.

    Sounds like I should perhaps be second guessing this purchase in favor a different plow. I am open for feedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boar View Post
    Thanks for the information so far!

    Taking off the drawbar would be annoying.

    The plow I am looking at is the older version of the Dearborn referenced from the image that ddinham provided. So instead of replacing the plow share, I would have to replace the whole moldboard, which would likely be more expensive if I could even find parts, right?

    I have the hydro trans. I will have to pay attention to any overheating issues.

    Sounds like I should perhaps be second guessing this purchase in favor a different plow. I am open for feedback.
    Let's face it. With a compact tractor, we are not usually going to plowing all day, so we are not likely going to be wearing out a plow. Check the edges of the plow shares and if they are OK now, I would not worry about it. You are right that you would have to replace the entire moldboard, but probably will never need to. I have had mine for three years and have yet to use it, beyond getting it set up to use. These plows are not easy to find, especially at a reasonable price. You might have to go a long time to find another one. You have not stated the condition of the mouldboards. If they are real rusty, you may want to look for another one.

    If you try to plow in B range, you would be much more likely to have the hydro fluid heat up. Be sure to plow in A range. I am not sure my 4066R could pull it in B range anyway. With R4 tires, traction also becomes an issue. Remember also that plowing sod is much more demanding than plowing a field that has been plowed previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boar View Post
    Thanks for the information so far!

    Taking off the drawbar would be annoying.

    The plow I am looking at is the older version of the Dearborn referenced from the image that ddinham provided. So instead of replacing the plow share, I would have to replace the whole moldboard, which would likely be more expensive if I could even find parts, right?

    I have the hydro trans. I will have to pay attention to any overheating issues.

    Sounds like I should perhaps be second guessing this purchase in favor a different plow. I am open for feedback.
    You can probably just slide the drawbar forward. I can on my 2038, of course yours could be different.

    If the plow is cheap and in good condition then go ahead and get it. I’m not sure how much plowing you’re gonna do but you may never need to replace anything. I recall seeing somewhere that each wear part was good for 100 acres. So your plow is good for 200.

    That plow will pull easier than the new plows if today.


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