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My wife and I bought a 230 year old farm back in the 80's and there are/were numerous hints of large rock (some people call them field potatoes around here) sticking out of the ground here and there. Since we bought the 2520 a few years ago and I then bought a set of Artillian forks I have been digging some of them up. A few have proven to big to move so you widen the hole , roll them in and bury them. I started a major clean up on part of the yard and dug up two potatoes that have caused as much mower damage as any and I thought you might be interested to see what these forks can do. photo 4.JPG . It takes a while to figure out how to get something this big out of the ground and then up in the air, but I can assure you the weak link was hydrauulic power not my forks. If you look at the backing plate and length of forks (42") you can see how large and heavy this piece of granite is. I have moved about a dozen of these so far, each one provides it's own challenge but it's very satisfying to get rid of these 25 year headaches. Thank you Chris photo 2.JPG
 

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We grow the same potatoes here. Thanks for the post.
 

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Sweet! I was doing the same on our trails today using the 24" forks, finally got them done.

Hey, if you don't want those rocks I'd be glad to take them off of your hands! ....Pretty sad when you get excited about rocks....
 

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Sweet! I was doing the same on our trails today using the 24" forks, finally got them done.

Hey, if you don't want those rocks I'd be glad to take them off of your hands! ....Pretty sad when you get excited about rocks....
You pay the shipping and I can get you about all the rocks you can stand! :laugh:

Looks like I'm going to have to get an excavator to deal with a few out here. :kidw_truck_smiley:
 

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Manomet;122881(some people call them field potatoes around here)[/QUOTE said:
I grew up in NH and we called them potatoes too and we had plenty of them. All the fields which I mowed as a kid had places where they had piled them all. Humongous amounts. I still call them that and northern NJ where i presently live has as much as NE if not more! I was picking them all Saturday afternoon.
 

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Impressive. I always say. "If rocks were gold". I'd be a happy man
 

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Not to show off but where I live in PA, there is rocks with a little bit of soil here. No joke, I taught my father in law not to start trying to dig out rocks because what looks like a fist sized rock above ground is actually the size of a television under the soil so I had to start either putting dirt back over them or digging them out with my little Kioti's backhoe.
 

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Not to show off but where I live in PA, there is rocks with a little bit of soil here. No joke, I taught my father in law not to start trying to dig out rocks because what looks like a fist sized rock above ground is actually the size of a television under the soil so I had to start either putting dirt back over them or digging them out with my little Kioti's backhoe.
We live in the same area. Rocks and no level ground.
 

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I feel for you then because you know how hard it us to work in the dirt then. I swear that every year I find more rocks where I had already removed them.

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I feel for you then because you know how hard it us to work in the dirt then. I swear that every year I find more rocks where I had already removed them.

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They grow back. At least they do here in Sullivan County NY.:lol:
 

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I am fortunate to live on an old dairy farm where the yankees removed most of them 200+ years ago by hand , cart , oxen you name it. I still find hundreds but I have many stone walls and piles and a lot of work was done by the cows and cleaned up by the farmers. I have a little room in my cellar that has two stones for a ceiling/chimney base above that are at least 6' in diameter and over 16" thick. They didn't have John to help back then and did some amazing things. Don't think you got the market cornered on rocks there JohnnyGreenGiant:lol:
 

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They grow back. At least they do here in Sullivan County NY.:lol:
Brother I am originally from Sullivan County so in reality I went from bad to worse with the rocks. I remember when the wife wanted an asparagus bed and we had no machinery to help other than pickaxes and shovels which probably caused her to let me buy my tlb and my BCS rototiller.

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Just got done rototilling my 20'x30' garden and removed three full bucket loads of rocks. This happens every season for the last 5 years. How is this even possible?

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Just got done rototilling my 20'x30' garden and removed three full bucket loads of rocks. This happens every season for the last 5 years. How is this even possible?

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Don't know but it's the same here. My grandfather always said rocks were good for a garden, holds the heat at night and holds the moisture during the day.
 

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Don't know but it's the same here. My grandfather always said rocks were good for a garden, holds the heat at night and holds the moisture during the day.
That's a good one. Never heard it before.
 

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Just got done rototilling my 20'x30' garden and removed three full bucket loads of rocks. This happens every season for the last 5 years. How is this even possible?

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I think they push up through the action of frost heave. All kinds of things pop up in the spring.
 
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