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Joe Snodgrass
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:52 pm    Post subject: MF #74 Plow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Can I remove the back bottom from my MF #74 3 bottom plow, re-attach the tail wheel and make it into a 2 bottom plow? Will it hurt to do this if I need to? I have a MF 255 Diesel, 52 HP. I don't know if it will pull it or not.

Any info you can afford me would be greatly appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:32 am    Post subject: Re: MF #74 Plow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes. You'll need to switch the rear landslide to the NEW rear bottom in order to attach the tail wheel.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:43 am    Post subject: Re: MF #74 Plow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

With 52 HP you should have no problem pulling all 3 bottoms. I have a MHF #72 3 bottom I pull with my Massey Harris 333 (39HP) with no problem and this is in clay
 
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:43 pm    Post subject: Re: MF #74 Plow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply.

I understand that I will have to switch the rear landside, but it should plow OK as a 2 bottom shouldn't it?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:29 pm    Post subject: Re: MF #74 Plow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Absolutely. Around here, you can sell 2-bottom plows for as much or usually even MORE than a 3-bottom. I've taken numerous MF plows (model 62, 66, 74, ect) along with lots of Ford 101's and made 2-bottom plows out of 3-bottom versions.

Truss frame plows have a basic parts package that assembles as a 2-bottom, then additional parts "bundles" add additional bottoms. You're just REMOVING those additional parts.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:11 pm    Post subject: Re: MF #74 Plow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

So, you think I can pull 3 with a MF 255 even in sod?
 
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:48 am    Post subject: Re: MF #74 Plow Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Early model 255 isn't much different than a 165. Either will handle a 3-bottom plow in MOST conditions. 3 X16"'s can pull considerably harder than 3 X 14" plows though. (6" wider and capable of 1" to 3" DEEPER) Where I'm from, we have tough clay soil. I've seen more than a few 165's and 255's pulling 3 X 14" plows in alfalfa sod (toughest thing you're likely to get into) I'd give it a whirl first. If you have issues, THEN pull the 3rd bottom off.

A great deal will have to do with how the tractor is ballasted. Are the rear tires fluid filled? (or do you have plenty cast weights) If not, the weight of a 255 will be marginal for 3 plows.
 
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