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    What’s the spring for on the harrow hitch?

    Noticed when replacing the clevis hitch it was broke. It’s about 10inches long. I’d say it’s there for a smoother ride on pastures but the draw bar is so low on the tractor I don’t see how the spring is useful? If someone has information on why I should buy another spring maybe let me know. I could probably weld it but it will soften the metal and probably won’t work right.

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    On the discs ive had in the past, the spring on the clevis hitch is to hold the clevis hitch up horizontally, while you back the tractor up to hook the disc up. I hope this helps, as long as I am understanding you correctly.
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    Here is a pic from a Krause field cultivator. Hope this helps explain what Iím talking about.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raco232 View Post
    On the discs ive had in the past, the spring on the clevis hitch is to hold the clevis hitch up horizontally, while you back the tractor up to hook the disc up. I hope this helps, as long as I am understanding you correctly.
    I agree.
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    I took a picture yesterday.... I can adjust the height of the hitch... spring never moves, only the bolt/rod that’s about 5inches below on the tongue. You can see how that spring is broke... it’s maybe 30-60 dollars. I believe it’s there for a shock absorber but the clevis swivels up and down... dunno really. The picture you sent me was a different style harrow, looks more heavy duty. I see the small spring you’re talking about, looks handy. I wedge a flathead into it to keep it in place when backing up. The new hitch I welded on it tighter. Seems to stay in place
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    Ok, sometimes pics are priceless. It looks like the spring is used to level the disc. Go ahead and set the depth and use the disc. If the disc is throwing out too much dirt in the front and is forming a ridge on the outside edges, the font of the disc is going in too deep and the front of the disc needs to be tilted up by adjusting the spring. Same concept for if you are ridging in the middle, the back is tilted down too far. Iíve ran with the spring broke until I had time to change it. Itís not a show stopper if it is broke, but change it when you get a chance. I would like to see a pic of the whole disc if you have one.
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    My problem is that it’s not ripping the ground up enough. We haven’t gotten any rain. I hit it with the offset first but that just made a mess. Believe it’s like you said and needed more weight to the back of it. By adjusting I guess because I had a 200lb tie on the back. Went over over it with the 14ft BW harrow, I paid 1900... it has some welds but whoever welded knew how to weld. Could’ve gotten a better one but transporting is a problem and this one was 7 miles out owner said it used to have wings on it but I’m not sure... really when I got it it was in pretty good condition minus 2 tires. Now I’ve replaced the hitch and accidentally broke off 2 scrappers on the rear. I would love if it were a 20 footer. It says 14ft but I know it’s only covering 8ft (width of the tractor) same as the 8ft offset really only covered 5ft.... sorta would like some advise. I’m thinking about selling the offset and investing in a cultivator. They look like they can really rip up the ground but it may have to be disked prier... then.. maybe all I need is some rain get that old grass plowed in the soil.

    I added in a picture of a cultivator I was looking at... don’t really need to spend money. Seems like they sell cheaper then disks, may be worth looking into next year.
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    If your ground is dry and hard, a disc is only going to scratch it up. It still does some good though. The water will soak in much better when it rains. You just have to wait for moisture, if you want to disc deep on the first pass. Just wait for a rain and then disc again, cause the photos you posted, looks like you are doing a good job to me, for dry, hard ground. Now, the picture of the chisel plow you posted will get in and dig! The ground has to be fairly clean, so that you arenít plugging up the chisel. The chisel plow will really rough up the ground but you can go deep with it, all depends what is pulling it. If you do buy the chisel, chisel the ground, let it rain on it and then run over it with the disc. If you find the chisel is too big for the tractor, try removing one shank from each side, to lesser the load. Keep us informed on how the farming is going and if you get the chisel plow! We will help you out when we can.
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    agree with Raco looks like the disk is doing good on dry hard grass land ......you arnt in IOWA disking up plowed ground.....i make sure and run my hydraulics in float...

    when i start disking up a grass land field i usually try to get as much weight on the front gangs of discs so they can do the cutting by tilting the back up etc.....after i get the ground cut up usually takes several passes in opposite directions 90deg of each other....let it rain and do it again till it i get some depth......then flatten it out to smooth things out and cut up the clods and sod...i raise it on corners to take stress off the tounge.......the deeper you get it the harder to pull it becomes .....obviously the next year etc it tills up much easier and faster
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    Everyone in the area is getting things really to plant. Half inch of rain but it dried up quick. I’ve been going over it still with the disc... the ground is pretty tilled but I’ve hot Bahia roots all on the top. Not sure, I’m thinking about setting it all on fire to burn it clean....also believe next year I need to put notched blades on the front.. even with 400 pounds on it I’m not satisfied with how much dirt it’s throwing up.... may sell it next year and get something wider and heavier. The old tractor seems to be strong enough fit everything I’ve put behind it so far. I’m sure she could handle a 22-24ft

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