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Buy or Build Root Plow

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09-15-2003 10:54:54

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I'm looking for a root plow to take up some mesquite brush and want to use my 8N. The question is on buying one or building one. Has one ever used a 3 point root plow they bought or made, and if so, how did it work with the 8n...If you built one would you be willing to share the plans..thanks gents.

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Jerry (AL)

09-15-2003 18:58:36

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 Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Bouzer, 09-15-2003 10:54:54  
Bought a heavy duty subsoiler today for $145. Couldn't lift it off the trailer, had to boom it off. Probably 300-350 pounds.

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Dell (WA)

09-15-2003 13:53:20

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 Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Bouzer, 09-15-2003 10:54:54  
Bouzer..........root plow is probably a local name for what is commonly refered to as a single shank "sub-soiler" or "middle-buster" (without the small shovel). These will dig at least 12" deep and usually 18". Currently about $150 new.......Dell

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Melvin McCallum

09-15-2003 12:48:47

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 Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Bouzer, 09-15-2003 10:54:54  
We have a root cutter manufactured by Deere, I think as it's their green color. It has a blade and attaches to the 3-point and adjusts to soil conditions, etc. It weighs about 300 lbs and works fairly goos on small mesquite up to about 2" in diameter. As you probably know, mesquite is a very sturdy and hardy tree. This cutter works good on prickly pear as well.

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09-15-2003 20:23:56

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 Re: Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Melvin McCallum, 09-15-2003 12:48:47  
That's exactly what I'm looking for Melvin. Do you remember what you paid for it? I wonder if I can find it on a JD website.

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09-15-2003 11:47:15

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 Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Bouzer, 09-15-2003 10:54:54  
I am not fimiliar with a root plow, but if you are tring to get small roots up. I have uses a box blade with the teeth set down as far as they can be set, the top link adjusted so that the teeth go down and the box is not pulling dirt along. I break up, rip, etc the roots and go back over the site with a heavy duty rake. The rake pulls all the loose roots, rocks, twigs, etc to the edge of the area. Hope this helps

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09-15-2003 19:15:30

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 Re: Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Charlie, 09-15-2003 11:47:15  
Charlie:Ihave also had a problem w/Mesquite.Bought a farm on which The saplings had been mowed to the ground for many years.Being unfamiliar with that fact I rented a backhoe in order to tackle the three and four inch trees.I was amazed it the root size and have concluded that these trees may have been mowed the same before finally being left to develop.I am saying this because I decided to dig a few samples of the saplings. To my suprise these tiny trees,3/8" diameter came out of the earth with roots 12 and 15 feet long with a three inch diameter.The mowing had never hindered the root development.I had intended to purchase or build an root plow such as the special ones seen advertised in some farm papers.The three point style you asked about. Before digging I had even purchased a 1959 900 Case tractor on steel in anticipation of using that machine to go get em.Have since decided to bring my backhoe from my other farm and dig out these tiny trees with the fifteen foot tap roots. However the local folks tell me that if you are able to sever and cut off the root at least 10 " below the surface it will kill the tree.I also made a mistake and had several large trees bulldosed out before I witnessed how beautiful the wood grain is in mature trees. Have never seen any other wood that is comparable.Just passing this along as food for thought.Sorry to have been so windy.

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09-15-2003 20:28:11

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 Re: Re: Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Ol CHIEF , 09-15-2003 19:15:30  
The mesquite do have a beautiful woodgrain and I have had it cut into lumber and turned it on my lathe. I have killed the smaller ones by digging them out with a pic'ax, but it's work and you need to get far enough down to get the job done..Remedy and diesel are effective, but Remedy is almost $100 a gallon..Doesn't go that far either when you mix 1 qt remedy to 1 qt deisel and spray...

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heck . . . Dell (WA)

09-16-2003 00:31:59

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Bouzer, 09-15-2003 20:28:11  
Bouzer.........I always get better KILL by painting the "stump" with a foam brush right after cutting with the herbicide straight from the can. Don't haffta spray. Doesn't take much if you paint the bark/wood seam called cambium, thats where the tree passes food/water to roots.......Dell

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09-16-2003 07:02:03

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to heck . . . Dell (WA), 09-16-2003 00:31:59  
Hey Guys Sorry for the preveious post. I didn't know the roots were that big and that deep. I was thinking it was more like some scrub brush that box blade could cut, sever, rip etc. I don't think my idea would work for this application.

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Dell (WA)

09-16-2003 07:31:46

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Buy or Build Root Plow in reply to Charlie, 09-16-2003 07:02:03  
Charlie.........don't worry about it, since Bouser wasn't specific on his initial post, your answer was a good one..........Dell

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