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Soil Saver Shank Spacing

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12-30-2008 06:03:29

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I was at a machinery dealers yard yesterday and noticed a 5 shank Glencoe Soil Saver on the lot. Something didn't look just right so I grabbed a tape measure and found that the front 2 shanks were 30" apart and the rears were 35" apart. This would give a spacing of 15"-18" between shanks. I always thought Glencoe and others used 12" shank spacing on all chisel plows. Is this wider spacing correct? Maybe someone respaced a 7 shank machine? Or maybe my mounted 5 shank chisel is wrong, which would explain a lot about why I can't get clover through it in the fall.

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12-30-2008 13:15:54

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 Re: Soil Saver Shank Spacing in reply to rdandersom1, 12-30-2008 06:03:29  
Yes,someone was "cheating" with the spacing on that 5 shank Glencoe. As a rule 4" twisted shovels are used at 15" spacing thus 30" apart on a 2 bar frame.(12" spacing with 3" teeth) They"ve set the back rear teeth out wider to cover the tractor tires. It"s a bother to set the rear wheel tread down to 60" wide on a 70+ HP tractor.
Where is your chisel plugging at? Is it where 2 teeth throw together?

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12-31-2008 09:29:09

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 Re: Soil Saver Shank Spacing in reply to johnemcn, 12-30-2008 13:15:54  
Our chisel plow is a 2 bar mounted machine with 2 shanks on the front bar throwing left and 3 shanks on the rear bar throwing right. My plan was to use it after winter wheat that had been frost seeded with red clover to prepare for soybeans or corn the following year. The clover gets through the front bar but rolls up in front of the rear bar and plugs between the shanks. It will raise the plow right out of the ground if the operator doesn't catch the problen quick enough. The points are good and I have tried several different adjustments- deeper, shallower, deep on the rear bar, shallow on the rear bar even driving really slow. The plowing is especially troublesome where the wheat yeilded well and the straw was spread.

Before I go to the field again I am going to widen the rear spacing and mount oliver plow coulters ahead of each shank. I will try the coulters mounted inline with the leading side of the twisted shovel like a mouldboard plow instead of centered on the shank. The way the frame is made I can't change the front spacing without cutting the frame.

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12-30-2008 07:16:40

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 Re: Soil Saver Shank Spacing in reply to rdandersom1, 12-30-2008 06:03:29  
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This Wilbeck disc chisiel has 16" spacings from the factory.

If you have 5 shanks in one row spaced at 12" you will always plug.

There are two rows spaced at 32" on this one.


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12-30-2008 06:38:36

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 Re: Soil Saver Shank Spacing in reply to rdandersom1, 12-30-2008 06:03:29  
most disc chisel shanks are spaced 1.5 feet apart, chisel plow shanks are 1 foot apart

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