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IH Little Genius Plow

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11-29-2001 14:06:23

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My neighbor was recently cleaning up his farm and he gave me an old IH little genius plow (2 bottom). I was thrilled to get it, it is complete and I plan to get it loosened up and working good again. My questions are: What time period were these made in? It has steel wheels. also, how in the world does the front hookup work? my other old plows don't hook up the way this one does. It looks like kind of a tooth hanging down in the front. maybe you hook it over the drawbar but I don't see how it would stay in place. Is it some sort of breakaway feature? It has springs attached to it but I don't understand what they're for. maybe it's some kind of primitive draft control? Thanks for any help and advice. Kent

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Bob Kerr

12-03-2001 08:58:27

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 Re: IH Little Genius Plow in reply to kent, 11-29-2001 14:06:23  
I have one of the steel wheel little geniuses also that I pull with the 10-20. what a nice combo! My 10-20 had a small rope pulley wired it a hole in the left fender towards the front. I run the rope through that pulley and after I trip the plow I let go of the rope! If the plow breaks loose the rope just feeds itself out of the pulley and stays out of the way. I know of two different people who had problems with the ropes while plowing. One was a lady who wrapped the rope around her wrist and when the plow unexpetedly hit a rock and broke free of the draw bar she was almost pulled out of the seat!She luckily got her toe on the clutch in time but she said she was stretched to the limits!One more inch forward and her toe would have came off the clutch and she would have gone flying off the seat.the other guy hooked the rope up to the seat and almost tore the seat off right from under him. That is the big rule! DO NOT TIE THE ROPE TO YOURSELF OR TO A SOLID PART OF THE TRACTOR!you never know when you will hit a solid buried object in the ground. The plow also has a neat part on it to make it easy to hook up without help. You do need a twist clevis, but on the front part of the hitch there should be a flat iron bar that is bent 90 degrees at the end and looks like a handle that does nothing. It can be used to keep the hitch off the ground when stored or flip it so it sits straight up and then you can back up to the plow and grab the handle and raise the hitch into the clevis. then just flip it back toward the plow so it stays out of the way. You have to "plan ahead" but it works great so you don't have to get off the tractor several times to get hooked up.Oh Yeah one more thing. Try the plow out before "adjusting it" or fiddleing with any of the settings. If it hasent been touched it may have been set up by someone who was really good at setting them up and may work super nice! I got lucky with mine , it plows like it should and doesnt pull the tractor hard.The original owner I got the plow from said it was set up by a local blacksmith ,years ago, who really knew his stuff with plows, and boy does it show! If a plow is out of whack it can fight with itself and the tractor and make lousy furrows and pull the tractor too hard. I fit is right you should barely notice it behind you untill you hit hard pan. If I work on it ,I am very careful to put it back exactly like it was. I hope you have half as much fun as I have with mine! I even made the local paper while plowing at a tractor show At Tipton IN 2 years ago( Mid America Treshers). If anyone wants to see the newspaper picture , just email me and I will send one to you. I have some from plowing the garden last spring also. Have a good time with it!

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11-29-2001 19:49:28

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 Re: IH Little Genius Plow in reply to kent, 11-29-2001 14:06:23  
Binder Books have manuals for IH Little Genius Plows. I got one from them. It has a lot of information.

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Denny Frisk

11-29-2001 14:45:38

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 Re: IH Little Genius Plow in reply to kent, 11-29-2001 14:06:23  
That Hook has to go in a twisted clevis. Be best to pull it with the "U" shaped drawbar as opposed to the swinging drawbar. Dad always did anyhow... The springs are the break-away mechanism that if You hit a tree root, rock, ??? the hitch "Hook" trips forward and un-hooks the plow instead of tearing something up. Since it's on steel, I'll assume it's a Trip Plow, the land wheel will have a large hub with a lever otr two on it that raises & lowers the plow all of a sudden on it. There should be a bar that runs from the hub up to the lifting mechanism at the left front end of the plow. Dad's #8's were all converted to hyd. remote lift. I've never plowed with a "Trip"plow.

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11-29-2001 21:29:11

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 Re: Re: IH Little Genius Plow in reply to Denny Frisk, 11-29-2001 14:45:38  
Denny, you missed out on one of life's big opportunities, plowing with a trip plow. I cut my teeth, literally, with a '48 JD B and 2-16's. Don't think that was fun backing that two lunger up to the plow, lifting the hitch up with a rope and getting connected again. JD never got the idea a man (boy at that time) needed two right arms to clutch and lift, and two left arms to steer the dumb thing. When we got the R diesel and the 4 bottom IH hyd. plow life got a lot better.

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Denny Frisk

11-30-2001 10:42:35

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 Re: Re: Re: IH Little Genius Plow in reply to Bleedinred, 11-29-2001 21:29:11  
WOW, First tractor I ever plowed with was an "R" & 4-14 Deere plow , but when the pulling got hard We put the 3-14 #8 behind it. The "R" got sold before We even started planting corn that year. I finished plowing with the Super M-TA and the deere 4-14 plow. Dad also had a styled late '39 or early '40 B, still had the 4-speed with the 7 MPH reverse! I hauled manure one day with the B and the next day with My Super H. I thought I was driving a Cadillac on that FARMALL! When ever I see someone on the Deere page talking about a loader on one of those old 2-cyl. Deeres I always think "How?" and them "Why?" I have a loader on My Late model Super H and it runs SO Sweet! Even with trip bucket & no power steering.

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walt f

11-29-2001 17:17:21

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 Re: Re: IH Little Genius Plow in reply to Denny Frisk, 11-29-2001 14:45:38  
i.h. built those plows till the mid 60's be sure to hook your trip rope so that it will come loose from the tractor, instead of the plow, when the plow seperates from the tractor! i learned the hard way, after a good size nylon rope popped me on the back and the back of the head. those tractor plows are a good way to have fun with your tractor buddies. we all get together in the spring and plow a couple of 40 acre fields with 10 or 15 old tractors with trip plows. there are acouple of f-20's and a regular in the bunch.

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