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Cultipacker Questions

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05-15-2019 13:03:40

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I've never really used one. I don't know what you would really use one for row crop farming but we are wanting one to put in food plots of our deer hunters. They are wanting me to plant them some dove fields in millet so I am thinking I need to look into a cultipacker.

My soil texture is more sandy loam it is on the loose side I can work it to a powder consistency if I work it enough.

I am looking at these cultipacker wheels and there is mis-information on the internet on smooth vs smooth/notched vs more aggressively spiked.

I have read that notched is for sandy soild and somewhere else for breaking clods in tougher soil conditions.

I have no idea what the more agressively spiked rollers are for.

I don't figure I need the crows foot wheels either.

I have read that smooth wheels push sandy soil?

I have read that larger wheels to better in loose soil?

I see Brillion has a chart that shows it's wheels and based on that I am leaning towards spiked.

Any help would be appreciated... Don't really want to go drop a couple thousand on a cultipacker with the wrong type wheels.

Thanks guys.

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05-17-2019 08:57:20

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 Re: Cultipacker Questions in reply to Limbhangers, 05-15-2019 13:03:40  
Not many cultipackers left around these parts, too many poor people and even fewer jobs. They'd spend all day trying to figure out how to get it to the scrap yard if it would buy them a 6 pack of beer.

Thank you both.

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05-16-2019 23:33:00

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 Re: Cultipacker Questions in reply to Limbhangers, 05-15-2019 13:03:40  
I put in a some deer plots as a practical matter I don't think it makes a lot of difference as to the style packer,I have a couple different styles.To keep from packing dirt up in front
of the wheels the taller wheels are better plus have the tongue of the packer at least level or a little above level when hooked to the tractor.Before buying new you need to look around for a used one in my area $300 will get you a good used one.

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05-16-2019 08:01:07

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 Re: Cultipacker Questions in reply to Limbhangers, 05-15-2019 13:03:40  
Thank you both. I am getting my head around it.

It would appear to me that the more aggressive rings would act like a rotary hoe, but apparently that is not the case.

I think I am going at least notched - The more aggressive rings I am discussing look like this:


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05-17-2019 06:29:17

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 Re: Cultipacker Questions in reply to Limbhangers, 05-16-2019 08:01:07  
Difference rotary hoe are a sharp point and bent to penetrate and lift up hard crust. On that unit the high spots would be more like the ball part of a ball pein hammer hitting the ground about every 3".

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James Howell

05-15-2019 15:06:36

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 Re: Cultipacker Questions in reply to Limbhangers, 05-15-2019 13:03:40  
"My soil texture is more sandy loam"

All of our hay fields are sandy loam here on the farm in NE Texas.

"I have read that notched is for sandy soil"

Take a look at the photos below of our Brillion Sure Stand Seeder.

Take a look at the video below from 2009.

"I have read that smooth wheels push sandy soil?"

Take a look at the video below from the drought of 2011.

This video is from 2012 of the same field under normal conditions.

Hope this helps.

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05-15-2019 13:25:39

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 Re: Cultipacker Questions in reply to Limbhangers, 05-15-2019 13:03:40  
The more aggressive looking rollers I mentioned they are calling:

"floating ring"

Just to clarify what I was talking about. They seem more agressive than the notched style. There is one like this near me for sale but seems awful aggressive. Of course I don't know that since I've never been around one.

I can plant the millet deeper but I would like to use this thing for clover as well which might impact the wheel style decision.

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05-16-2019 05:57:02

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 Re: Cultipacker Questions in reply to Limbhangers, 05-15-2019 13:25:39  
Never heard it called a floating ring, I always just said sprocket style and they are not as aggressive as you think. They are best for a finly worked crusting clay type of soil as it still packs the soil but does not leave the type of finnish that if you cet a tenth of an inch of rain crusts so hard a rotary hoe will not penetrate the crust. And yes the larger the wheel the better on loose soft soil as it has more surface to carry up verses sink in. The more it sinks in the more ti will want to push ahead instead of climb over. Exactly the same thing with your car or tractor in snow, that is why if you get stuck in the snow you shovel out in front of the tire to get rolling again. That floating ring would be second best for you after the foot models.

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