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ID a horse drawn plow

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01-13-2008 11:18:06

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This may not be the right place but:

I recently acquired my grandpa's old plow and would like to know something about it.

It is a walk behind, 12" bottom (if I know how to properly measure) Above the landslide it has a H in a circle with 85B L under it then CHATTANOOGA under that. There is a little red paint still around these cast letters. The molboard is not solid but rather made of 4 strips of metal. It has the cast beam. CPC 62 is cast on the part bolted to the beam at the hitch.

Does anyone have any info for the manufacturer? age? or anything?

Is it worth anything to anyone but me? How many acres would it take to pretty much wear out the points and shins on a horse drawn plow on a KY knob farm?

Seldom post but often enjoy,
Thanks, Greg

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01-14-2008 04:32:14

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 Re: ID a horse drawn plow in reply to GreginKY346, 01-13-2008 11:18:06  
so many people make the same mistake that you did on the h in a circle. if you will go back and look at it the circle is a c. it doesn't go all the way around. i've been told that the chat plows were very good ones.

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01-13-2008 14:18:35

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 Re: ID a horse drawn plow in reply to GreginKY346, 01-13-2008 11:18:06  
Thanks for the info-

The point appears to have been changed by the way the the shin is worn. the point on it is showing consideable wear- but not like the shin.

You don't have to worry about me wearing it out-I was just wondering how many miles/acres my grandpa walked behind this plow. I probably wouldn't last the first acre with a good team.

He bought his first tractor in 1957-a 420 JD. Bet he didn't long for the good ole days when plowing season came.

On the brace from the beam to the left handle is a slot app. 3/4" x 2". What would that be for?

Thanks, Greg

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01-13-2008 14:08:49

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 Re: ID a horse drawn plow in reply to GreginKY346, 01-13-2008 11:18:06  
I done a little poking around the net, and IH bought Chattanooga in 1915 I think it was. It continued to make plows as well as cane mills and evaporators for IH untill 1944. Ih then built the new oplant in Mempis, TN, and Chattanooga was taken over by another co. The Chattanooga plow remained in production until 1972.

Just google Chattanooga Plow, and all kinds of info comes up.

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01-13-2008 14:03:34

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 Re: ID a horse drawn plow in reply to GreginKY346, 01-13-2008 11:18:06  
The Chattanooga Plow Co. was aquired by the International Harvester Co. ( don"t know the exact date) sometime back during the horse drawn equip. days.The metal strips instead of the moldboard was called a Slat-Wing for use in heavy clay type soil.The soil would shed off the slat wing better than the solid moldboard.The solid moldboard was better used in sandy type soil.This was what was taught to me many years ago.

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01-13-2008 13:57:22

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 Re: ID a horse drawn plow in reply to GreginKY346, 01-13-2008 11:18:06  
It is a Chattanooga brand plow. Made in you guessed it Chattanooga Tenn. Chattanooga Plow company was one of the largest plow producers in the late 1800's. In the early 1900 was bought out by IHC along with a couple more plow companies in order for IH to compete with JD in the plow market. As for how long it will last using it, I would guess it will last as long as you will use it if it is in good shape now.

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