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    Adding a middle buster plow to subsoiler

    Looking to try and save a few bucks, and getting a tool I can dig a little deeper with. I was originally looking a middle buster to cut some trenches with but read that some people are having a hard time getting them low enough to really do any trenching. After looking at the TSC subsoiler, it looks like the shank is longer than the TSC middle buster and the hole patter is the same for both implements on the blade side. I though about buying the subsoiler and then ordering a $20 plow blade to bolt on when I need to.

    Anybody try this yet out there?

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    I've done that exact thing. What size tractor are you using it on?

    Be aware that the bolt pattern on the subsoiler frame is just a few fractions of an inch different than the bolt holes in the middle buster share. The curve in the center of the middle buster is sharper than the subsoiler frame, so the new share won't sit all the way down. The angle from the share to the vertical portion of the frame is also slightly different, but it's close enough that you should be able to adjust your top link and get it to work just fine.

    I can get some photos for you tomorrow, if you'd like.
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    I have a 1026R. I figured someone had done this before! Would love to see the pictures if you can post them. I knew I'm probably have to go short on the top link to get the angle right, but increase length of the subsoiler would probably get a lot more depth. Thanks for the response!

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    I'd like to see some pics too 56.

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    Middle Buster

    I got a middle buster from TSC. It is a little finicky in gettin it adjusted just right. It will dig about a foot deep if set right and the ditch ran over a couple times.KHOP
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    I did not get a chance to get pictures today, but hopefully tomorrow.

    I originally bought the TSC middlebuster. My tractor sits a bit higher than the 1026, and I was doing some trenching on very uneven ground. The middlebuster attachment could only dig an inch or two with the 3 point hitch completely lowered. On level ground, it might have been fine. I wound up using the subsoiler with the middlebuster share, and was able to dig 6-8" deep. I haven't used it on level ground, so I'm not sure exactly how deep it really can go.

    I'll try to get some photos tomorrow.
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    I did something similar with my subsoiler and it worked fine. I didn't use a middle buster but a plow about two hands across. I did have to drill another hole so it would fit.
    I used it dig a trench to put conduit and water pipe to my barn. I had to make two passes but i was able to get the trench about 12" deep. One thing I would do different next time is I would run a "chisel" type plow to break the ground first and then the plow.
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    I got the chance to take some photos this evening. The lower shank of the subsoiler (where the share mounts) is a bit longer than the middle buster, I think. Overall, it works well. I would check around before ordering a new share though. I think AgriSupply has them for about 1/2 the cost of TSC.



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    I purchased a Frontier sub spoiler for my 1026R. When I hooked it up to the 3PH, it was barely one inch off the ground at full elevation. Is this normal? I certainly can't drive around with it on. I guess I will just have to transport it in the FEL until I get to where I am going to use it.


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    Here is the home made sub soil tool I made, and the middle buster type shank I built with a 10" cultivator shoe.
    With my older JD855 I can pull either one at maximum depth with no problem. I have been thinking about ordering a real middle buster shoe and building a shank to mount it to. Haven't done that yet.
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