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.
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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