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Using a potato plow

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08-13-2012 20:07:53

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So I got a middle buster/potato plow earlier this year. Used it to make the furrows in my garden.

Now that my potatoes are about ready to dig up I want to use it to harvest them. I guess obviously I want to set the depth as low as I can but what speed do I want to go to pop the potatoes up above the soil? I have pretty loose/sandy stuff.

Tractor is a TO-30 with a Hupp over/under. Wondering what gear I ought to be in.

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08-17-2012 13:11:22

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 Re: Using a potato plow in reply to Cow, 08-13-2012 20:07:53  

the potato plow might work if you can get the extention bars added to the back of the plow.

the extention bars will lift the potato up and let the dirt fall through.

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08-14-2012 08:39:50

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 Re: Using a potato plow in reply to Cow, 08-13-2012 20:07:53  
Nice digger Cow . Never saw one like it . I sure remember days of childhod & digging potatoes . My Dad had an old horse drawn potatoe digger he converted to his Ford trsctor . It would dig below the taters , then the taters would go up the chain-style converor shaking the taters free of dirt then fall on top of the ground behind . He"d dig as we kids picked & put them in baskets .I can remember operating the unit also . Run the tractor slow , to avoid any problems . We ran the 601 Ford in 2nd gear low range . Sure did like the ground speeds we got with the Sherman hi/low auxillary transmission . Proven fct is if you try going very fast - expect problems & damaged taters . Boy I cn remeber I always carried a salt shaker for those little marble size taters .If they made it to Moms hands , they got fried in butter/onions for a meal .Oh the goood old days . Please send me pics of your progress so I can njoy your day also .God bless, Ken

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08-14-2012 06:12:44

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 Re: Using a potato plow in reply to Cow, 08-13-2012 20:07:53  

You need a Ferguson D-He-20 Potato Spinner.

This is the only one in N. America I know of. Steve Bieberich of OK ownes it. He had it imported from the UK.

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08-14-2012 05:08:01

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 Re: Using a potato plow in reply to Cow, 08-13-2012 20:07:53  
Go slow so you can see that your not damaging the potatoes.Set plow just below potatoes so they will be exposed after plowing. Don't plow deep.

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