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36 A

05-11-2008 19:11:27

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I have a 52 JD plow and have never been happy with the way it plows.First i think the forrow wheel is in to far.How far should the tire be from the end of the lathe ? This could be why the dirt always seems to build up on the last forrow.Second i'd like to put on some cover boards ,have an of you guys did this .Any ideas on shape i have some 1/4" ar 200 steel plate i could cut some and make them.This is a plow day plow and it never plows nice in with other plows.I was at one yesturday and it was one of the best non pluging plows there i just want to see if i can change what i dont like about it.Mark

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05-15-2008 18:29:02

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 Re: plow rebuild in reply to 36 A, 05-11-2008 19:11:27  
I don't know what you mean by: "This could be why the dirt always seems to build up on the last forrow." But, I think the IH operator manuals say the furrow wheel should be 2 inches from the furrow wall when plowing. So, assuming you have new lays, or shares, the furrow wheel should be about 2 inches from the wing of the share. Now, you may be trying to cut too wide with the front bottom. If your plow is a 14 inch frame, both bottoms should only be cutting 14 inches. Also, if the plow is not pulling straight due to worn landsides, both bottoms are going to want to cut wider than they should.
I would suggest learning more about the plow and making the basic plow work well before adding coverboards. A basic plow that is well adjusted with coulters that are adjusted well can do a very respectable job. Coverboards will handle more trash than jointers, but they can still cause trouble. They can still plug with trash. Typically what I have seen, if they are plugging you need to adjust them lower so they are moving dirt not just trash. But when you lower them, they are slowing the dirt down on the moldboard and may cause scouring problems. And another thing, coverboard performance will depend on the moldboard. A coverboard may not work well on a short stubble bottom like the John Deere NA bottom.
Anyways, I have pondered putting coverboards on my 52. John Deere coverboards and brackets will bolt onto a 44 plow or mounted plows of that era, but not a 52. You could easily modify the brackets or fab your own. I would suggest going to the IH dealer and getting some plastic coverboards. They cost like ten bucks. The plastic will almost always scour. A steel coverboard will take a while to start scouring especially if you plow 2 hrs a year at a plow day. If you are really ambitious, check out the websites of some European plow manufacturers (Kverneland, Dowdeswell, Overum, Kuhn, I know theres more) and try to copy their coverboard design. They have a little bit different approach. For a few years, I have been meaning to make a European style coverboard to try. It will still be tough putting in that gentle bend yourself.
And finally, if your plow is a 12 inch frame, you're not going to fill in the furrow bottom left by an 18 inch plow. Trying to make furrows match at a plow day is pretty futile. If you want to see how your plow works, you have to drive in your own furrow. And, if your plow is taking too much ground with the front bottom, like it sounds to me, your front moldboard is farther to the left, or to the unplowed ground, and it can only push the dirt so far, and is going to have a tough time filling in.

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Earl -IL

05-12-2008 17:39:19

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 Re: plow rebuild in reply to 36 A, 05-11-2008 19:11:27  
crescentforge.com They have the OE replacement but not the mounting bracket.

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