Keeping the plough in the right direction

Discussion in 'Competition Ploughing' started by Farmerpickle, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. Other than the stabilizer I think the idea of Johns magic kit or extending the link arms sounds like a good idea.
     
  2. I think it's quite a good idea on a 35 because the hydraulics are fast at going down. But I don't think it would work so well on a b275 because the hydraulic are quite slow at going down and you would be there pulling the plough over for quite a while.
     
  3. Fergie Ploughman

    Location:
    Cheshire, UK
    He pulls the plough over well, but can't say he's making a very good job on his ins and outs!

    I drive at an angle to set the plough in the right line then ride the landslide as I straighten my tractor. In more extreme slopes I just shove it across. I like the idea of a auto stabiliser like Bob's or the neat little sparex one dealer suggests.....
     
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  4. arcobob

    arcobob Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
  5. arcobob

    arcobob Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    John Plowright has one of these and it works well but there appears to be less room on an IH than a Fergie particularly with a lift rod adjusting lever fitted.. They also seem to be a bit of a rarity down south.
     
  6. Mydexta

    Mydexta Member

    Location:
    Dundee/angus
    There was a genuine I.h one for sale on eBay a few weeks ago
     
  7. Farmerpickle

    Farmerpickle New Member

    I find it a little bit of a waste of time having that little gadget on the tractor when the ploughing your doing isn't that good.
     
  8. Could be a beginner. Or somebody like me who ploughs for the fun of it.
     
  9. arcobob

    arcobob Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    Every little improvement is a step towards the final goal but I must admit that gadgets can sometimes conspire against you particularly if you have senior moments as I do. As one eminent ploughman once told me you have to grind out every possible point but unfortunately he was well known for taking it much too far.
     
  10. Sprayer

    Sprayer Member

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    You certainly did not have a senior moment yesterday at Deeping. Congratulations!!!! on a well ploughed plot.
    I was very impressed with the simplicity and compactness of your stabiliser.
     
  11. arcobob

    arcobob Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    Thank you Richard though I should have done better and went home early a bit disappointed.. I hope to improve on that at the Rutland match !
     
  12. Mydexta

    Mydexta Member

    Location:
    Dundee/angus

    2 of these for sale in eBay again, a harkness and a genuine I.h
     
  13. Mydexta

    Mydexta Member

    Location:
    Dundee/angus
  14. Cordiale

    Cordiale Member

    Hi Bob, came across this post while looking at some old threads. I wondered what you made it from? Do you still use a check chain on the other side and can you lock to furrow width to stop the plough swinging away when your not quite right at the finish? Any more pics yet?
     
  15. arcobob

    arcobob Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    Sorry not to reply earlier. I made this stabiliser from bits of scrap and yes I do use a check chain on the other side. I found it not to be entirely foolproof and have since bought a Harkness Hill Hitch similar in principle to the one shown earlier on the grey and gold. I modified the latch to lock in the disengaged position, thus providing float and you can also push the plough over to line up for the finish. To provide space on my 275 I moved the mudguard out 3" and had to modify the handbrake mount. I will post some pics tomorow.
     
  16. arcobob

    arcobob Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    Here we go for the Harkness Hill Hitch 4-P1000392.JPG
     

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  17. Cordiale

    Cordiale Member

    Thanks for the explanation and the pictures Bob.

    Again I find it extremely interesting to see how people invent and modify in order to do a better job and make life easier. I take it that the arm at the tractor end swivels and moves the stabilizer back and forth? I wonder how it compares to Pennines invention? Have you found it a big improvement on your first one?
     
  18. Cordiale

    Cordiale Member

    Has anyone else out there got any better ideas they would like to share?
     
  19. arcobob

    arcobob Member

    Location:
    Norfolk
    I can`t comment on Pennine`s system but if it is a great success then somebody out there is using it and it won`t be a secret forever. The biggest problem with the Harkness is the number of joints in the linkage leading to lost motion however good the pins and swivels. This could be improved using ball joints but at least the plough can be moved positively in either direction, unlike the stabiliser where the position is not adjustable from the tractor seat.
     
  20. Howard150

    Howard150 Member

    Location:
    Yorkshire
    Hardly anything that Colonel Sanders would have his recipe holders travelling on different planes for Bob!
    Just the simplest of cable and lever arrangements which pulls on the left hand lower link. Probably the trabant version of your Roller!
     
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