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Difference between field cultivator and row crop cultivator

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Rookietx

12-22-2010 18:13:39
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I need a cultivator to cultivate between row crops.

Will a field cultivator work?

Is there a difference between a field cultivator and a row crop cultivator?




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Ken Sweet

12-23-2010 08:40:33
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Rookietx, 12-22-2010 18:13:39  

Here is a picture of a Field Cultivator we have. It can be used for row crops, just need to re-arrange the shanks to fit the rows. Ken Sweet Email sweet@scrtc.com 270-528-3323



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Leroy

12-23-2010 10:31:03
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Ken Sweet, 12-23-2010 08:40:33  
What you have there is called a Ferguson Tiller and is only for primary tillage, no good for trying to cultivate row crops. No mater where you try to relocate the shanks for the rows it will never work halfway decent. I have one now and a Dearborn 3 point spring shank 2 row cultivator and a Ferguson 3 point 2 row spring shank cultivator and both can be converted to use as a light weight field cultivator and both have the guide, the Dearborn the rolling fin and the Ferguson the knife blade type fin and fenders to protect the small crop. I grew up with a Ferguson rigid shank 2 row cultivator. I had two 4 row Ford rear mount and several Deere front mount both 2 and 4 row and cultivated thousand of acres. That Ferguson tiller in no way will work as a row crop cultivator, you do not have enough clearance height to clear a crop and that clearance is not enough you could put any type of fenders on and with no guide fin it would not stay on the row, the rear mount with the fin are hard enough to keep on the row. As for the field cultivator for row crops I had both the Glenco and Deere mentioned and it would not be possible to keep then from bouncing sideways and tearing out the row and no way could you put any kind of fenders on one to keep from covering up the crop. I am a or was a Deere guy but they had some dumb ideas and being able to use the CC field cultivator as a row crop cultivator was one of them.

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Finnbair2020

12-23-2010 06:16:25
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Rookietx, 12-22-2010 18:13:39  
I agree that a cultivator mounted on the tractor works better. On the other hand, I use a JD 147cc pull behind field cultivator to cultivate row crops. I followed the directions in the manual to remove the shanks to cultivate three 36" rows. It"s difficult to get it lined up at the beginning of the row but once you get going, it works well enough-- doesn"t drift as much as I thought it would. Cultivated a lot of turnips, corn, carrots, squash, beans-- Not the best but works in a pinch-- slower

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Maxwell99

12-22-2010 21:34:54
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Rookietx, 12-22-2010 18:13:39  

This is the kind of cultivtor you need for row crop work.

The machine needs a guide disk blade and two stabilizers to keep it running straight, otherwise it will drift off to the side and you will plow up your plants.

These type machines should be cheap, many going to the scrap dealer.

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thurlow

12-23-2010 07:41:51
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Maxwell99, 12-22-2010 21:34:54  
NO stablizers; if you've got 'em hooked up, every 'bobble' with the tractor will pull the cultivator into the row.



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JMS/.MN

12-22-2010 20:14:20
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Rookietx, 12-22-2010 18:13:39  
A row crop cultivator is mounted ON the tractor, either in front or on the rear- to give the operator more control when following the rows. A field cultivator is normally a pull-type machine, and cannot follow the rows accurately. If it is rear-mounted, shanks need to be removed to allow for the crop row to pass through, without being ripped out.



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Don-Wi

12-22-2010 19:39:02
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cultiva in reply to Rookietx, 12-22-2010 18:13:39  
I'm gonna say absolutely not if it's a drawbar pulled one. We used to have an old Glencoe we used for pumpkins. We removed all the shanks from the middle and drove over the hills with it, but even though the shanks were evenly matched on both sides it pulled sideways. We never could figure it out and now my brother has a 1 row planter and several Dearborn cultivators setup to do the job. Works much better.

Donovan from Wisconsin

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paul

12-22-2010 19:06:30
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Rookietx, 12-22-2010 18:13:39  
The old Ford/ Dearborne 3pt culitvators you could set up differently, make them a row crop or field style.

The typical little bit more newer field cultivators are not easily going to be modified into a row crop cultivator.

A one or maybe 2 row cultivator can be 'rigid' like a field cultivator, but a good row crop cultivator will have individual gangs on their own gauge wheel to closely follow the ground, and you can put shield, rolling shields, or cutting disks on each side of the row to really fine-tune how you work next to the young plants. Without any shileds, a crow crop cultivator is likely to burry the young plants on the first trip.

How many row planter do you have? If a 4 row planter, you could use a 1, 2, or 4 row cultivator. Four row 3pt cultivators are sold for scrap iron any more here in the midwest, even 6 & 8 row aren't worth anything.

--->Paul

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agpilot

12-26-2010 11:29:15
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to paul, 12-22-2010 19:06:30  
Hi Paul: I have an early 1948 Farmall C and the factory front mount 2 row cultivator for it. With shields and a reasonable uniform seed bed, one can hold within just a few inches each side of the rows in young/small corn or beans. Should be an Internet picture or in the photos uploaded place here on YTMag.. I might have a JPG picture some place in one of my computers. The Farmall C is a nimble easy to drive and see the rows tractor which helps.. ag.

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LenND

12-22-2010 18:21:24
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 Re: Difference between field cultivator and row crop cult... in reply to Rookietx, 12-22-2010 18:13:39  
It could possibly work BUT you would have to do some remodeling. The shanks would have to respaced and probably some taken off completely. You have to make room for your right spacing. I think a plain field cultivator is too clse together. My idea.



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