Do you use a Power Harrow

Do you use a Power Harrow?

  • Always

  • Sometimes

  • Never

  • To slow

  • Soil destroyers

  • Brilliant, make a seedbed in anything


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Hereward

Member
Location
Peterborough
I see very few about now, there was a time when they were almost universal in their use, is it their running cost and slow workrate or the the damage they do to soil structure that has been their demise, interested to hear others thoughts.

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Hereward

Member
Location
Peterborough
Almost 100% of our crops are established with power harrows, use them properly and they're not as bad as people make out. In some conditions we slow the rotors right down and run at 10-11km/h
Almost exclusively used here for thirty years (and by all neighbours), without sounding like a DD anarok, the heavier land definitely became heavier and harder to work as each year went on.
 

Fraserb

Member
Location
Scottish Borders
Almost exclusively used here for thirty years (and by all neighbours), without sounding like a DD anarok, the heavier land definitely became heavier and harder to work as each year went on.
I've nothing against DD but the plough and power harrow system suits us, all our ground has the straw baled then muck and slurry spread so a few wheelings and such to deal with.
 

Selectamatic

Member
Location
North Wales
They are all over the place here. Very few use anything else make a seedbed.

I use mine for most things too. It's overkill on some of our land.

It does not give a good seedbed though, not in terms of level, so I will make a seedbed with a power harrow, and level out with something else if needed... probably recreational cultivation...

:)
 

Fraserb

Member
Location
Scottish Borders
They are all over the place here. Very few use anything else make a seedbed.

I use mine for most things too. It's overkill on some of our land.

It does not give a good seedbed though, not in terms of level, so I will make a seedbed with a power harrow, and level out with something else if needed... probably recreational cultivation...

:)
Why do you think it doesn't leave a level seedbed, ours is pretty good at leaving a level finish, do you have a levelling boar fitted.
 

Will 1594

Member
Arable Farmer
PH always good for levelling up, but if trying to level up ploughing especially headlands then they can struggle.

Tined cultivators much better for levelling land.
Change your ploughman.. , if you want to see powerharrows ,get down onto sunk island ,they still powerharrow , see loads of them , if used right, nothing wrong with them , on light land just run it in 540 , putting a drill mate under drill this year for light stuff ,
 

Fraserb

Member
Location
Scottish Borders
I will guess that Selectamatic referes to using PHs for grass reseading purposes. The PH will leave the field looking perfectly level but will unfortunately settle over time.
We find most systems that happens with it settling over time, we try not to leave holes with the plough but the PH does as good a job as most machines at levelling up. We do run a set of paddle rollers in front at times but thats as much to speed the job up.
 

kc6475

Member
Location
Notts
All our crops except osr are established using them, we use them where needed to get the seedbed all but ready, then we drill with a power Harrow drill combi, not many farms around us that don't use them, people that say they destroy soil make me laugh, especially when you see them using 300hp with no duels to pull huge heavy cultipresses in less than ideal conditions, as said before a ph is one of many tools, we do use presses and disc rollers but nothing makes a better seedbed than a ph.
 

fudge

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire.
No. IMHO too costly for combinable crops. We level ploughing with a press it’s just far quicker and weather proof so can be done well in advance of drilling. Rapid drill suits our land too, so a firm surface is very desirable again IMO. The other reason is I hate power harrowing, soooooooo boring.
 

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