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    Tractor Supply middle buster - how to increase depth of cut?

    I picked up the TSC middle buster Saturday.

    CountyLine® Middle Buster - Tractor Supply Online Store

    I'm making my small irrigation system a little more permanent, and I needed to dig a trench for the water line. Friday I started digging the trench by hand, and decided in about 5 minutes that wasn't going to cut it. I almost felt like maybe I wasted $159 on the middle buster because I only used it for about 15 minutes. Then I got to thinking about the 15 hours it saved me, and I realized it was a good deal. Plus, I do have other uses for it.

    My only complaint is that it only digs down maybe 8" at most. There is plenty of clearance with my 3PH raised for a longer shank sticking out the bottom. I know this attachment is only rated for a 35HP tractor maximum, and I'm not looking to make an 18" deep trench in one pass. I would like to get down 12" though. Does anyone else have one of these, and have you attempted any modification to get it to dig a little deeper? I am really thinking about cutting the shank off right below the crossmember and adding 4" to it. I think the frame is strong enough to work, as long as I take two passes to get to the full depth.

    I have suitable scrap laying around. Anyone want to convince me not to do this?
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    Take the middle buster back to TSC and buy the sub soiler. Then order the middle buster plow to bolt onto the sub soiler.

    Or cut it up and weld it. Both are good.
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    I have a question about that. The TSC by me only has the middle buster (in fact, none of the stores within 50 miles of me had the subsoiler). On the web site, it lists a subsoiler/middle buster combo, but the combo is listed as a "limited cat 1 hitch", and the middle buster is listed as just cat 1. Have you ever seen the subsoiler, and what is different between it and the middle buster? Is the subsoiler longer?

    It doesn't really bother me to weld an extension on the middle buster, but if the subsoiler had a longer shank (and was available in my area), I would have bought it.
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    I actually bought the subsoiler. I did exactly what you did, got the middle buster first. It was too short to work with the IH tractor I had at the time, so I returned it and got the subsoiler. I believe they carry three different products, the middle buster, subsoiler, and the combo. I would have to measure the subsoiler I have, but I believe it's 4-6" longer than the middle buster. Not sure what the combo unit measures.

    I can probably measure tomorrow if you'd like. If you're willing to do the work and already have the material, welding may not be a bad option.
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    You can measure from the lower hitch pins to the bottom of the subsoiler shank just for me to see how long it is, but don't go through any trouble. I think I'm going to just weld this one. I was going to build a subsoiler at one point, but after I bought the pins and some of the other stuff, and looked for some good chunks of metal, I figured $159 wasn't bad. Plus I needed it now, not after one of my extended project timelines.
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    Can you adjust your bottom arms to go any lower? Most have threads so you can adjust them.



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    There are a couple posts on here about the TSC subsoiler saying you can't bolt on a plow head because of the angle of the subsoiler blade mount. I don't know, just going on what some of these posts have said. I have a TSC subsoiler but haven't looked at whether it will take a plow head or not.

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    It's my understanding the Middlebuster/sub soiler is the TSC "Sub-Compact" line. It probably orange and not yellow like the others. I know I've read on here that the Yellow County Line stand alone Subsoiler is too long for us 1026R guys to lift all the way out of the ground. That whole limited Cat 1 thing.

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    Well for a cost of about $1 and some of my time yesterday morning, here is what happened...

    The original middle buster:
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    An extra piece:
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    The end result:
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    I'm guessing TSC won't let me return it at this point.
    I tried it out and it works good. It is sturdy enough to stop the tractor when I hit a big root, so that is as strong as I need it. The piece I used was about 6.5" long, and I would say it definitely helps get a deeper trench.

    Also, if you note, this middle buster doesn't look exactly like the one in the original link I posted. I think TSC has several versions of these things floating around, so you never know which one your local store will end up with.
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    Looks good!
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