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Difference between Quack digger and Cultivator?

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11-05-2000 12:17:23

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Picked up an old quack digger from the neighbor who was going to junk it - operates and on steel wheels - only missing a couple of splines. Chain works and depth control works and activator works. Used it to loosen some gravel on the drive to backblade with.
Question - what is the difference between the quack digger and a cultivator? Splines look the same basically. Was told quack digger is more for tearing up grass? But it looks like I could use the quake digger in the gardern to loosen the soil also???
Thanks, Jim

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11-06-2000 17:53:29

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 Re: Difference between Quack digger and Cultivator? in reply to Jim, 11-05-2000 12:17:23  
Never heard it called a quack digger. I always knew it as a spring-tooth harrow. But I guess Indiana is backwards anyway. We don't even change our clocks for daylight savings time.

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11-06-2000 06:13:51

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 Re: Difference between Quack digger and Cultivator? in reply to Jim, 11-05-2000 12:17:23  
Well there's the intended function. Towed quack diggers or field cultivators were meant to break up sod or help shake up plowed ground.

Cultivators were meant to uproot weeds between rows. But the 3pt hitch rear ones could do some quacking too.

We would routinely change the spacing on the Dearborn 3 pt cultivator and use it for quacking or field preparation. Within the limitations of a 9N it worked fine.

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11-06-2000 05:19:55

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 Re: Difference between Quack digger and Cultivator? in reply to Jim, 11-05-2000 12:17:23  
Here in mid-Michigan, they were also called "quack lifters." The design, pointy shoes, angle of shanks, very springy shanks, and high clearance, was to dig up the quack grass roots and leave them on the surface for the sun to dry out. We often had to go over a field several times over a period of a couple weeks to get the quack knocked down. We also had a very heay disk, (almost a disk plow) that we used to break up the sod before going on with the digger. The second time over - crossways, with that disk was always a rough ride! Yes, you could use the quack digger for other purposes, dragging, etc.

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11-06-2000 01:54:59

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 Re: Difference between Quack digger and Cultivator? in reply to Jim, 11-05-2000 12:17:23  
Jim: Your comment that quack digger is more for digging up grass is about right on. Quack grass spreds itself by roots. You gotta dig up the roots to kill it. Cultivators tends to mean a more shallow tilling. A bit subjective and depends some on local wording. harvey

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11-05-2000 15:13:05

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 Re: Difference between Quack digger and Cultivator? in reply to Jim, 11-05-2000 12:17:23  
I think the only difference is the type of points that are used on the ends of the shanks. Our local farm supply store sells field cultivator points that are wide and move lots of soil, and then they have quack points, which are narrower, with a sharper, more tapered end. Looks like they are designed to slice more than the conventional points. Field cultivators can also be equipped with sweeps to catch weeds between the shanks. Sweeps don't penetrate all that well in quackgrass and sod.

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