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Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots?

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:48 am    Post subject: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I live on 10 acres. I mowed about 6 acres with a finish mower for the first 15 years then stopped mowing about 3 acres in the back. I was working then and got tired of mowing so much. That was about 15 years ago. No trees or weeds for the first several years, just tall grass. Last fall I mowed it with a rented tractor and bush hog. It was full of saplings 1" and smaller, about 20 2" saplings and six trees 5" oak being the largest. I only mowed over the 1" and smaller saplings and mowed around the 2" saplings and trees.

I removed the 2" saplings by hand. I burned off the dead grass after it dried enough. I marked all the stobs I could find (about 500) with flags and cut them close with a chainsaw. After I remove the six larger tree stumps and roots when it dries up in the spring I would like to plow it.

I have a JD 5103 (about 50hp) and an Iternational 420 plow (2 bottom 14"). Will I be able to pllow this or will the roots mess me up? The tractor has good ag tires (fluid filled) and 800 lbs of weight on the front.

We are over run with deer here and I will put it in food plots after I get it tillable. Sorry for the long post.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:12 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

You'll dig up the roots, which I assume is what you want, won't look pretty but you should be able to get through everything except the 5"
stumps, maybe even those if you have a head of steam and hit them head on.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:29 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thank you for the reply. Removing the roots is what I want to do. I plan to take a one shank ripper and cut around the 5" stumps and pull them out before I plow. I have never used this plow. I hope it does not trip every time it hits a root. It looks to be heavy built. I don't think I can hurt it with this tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:53 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


To plow root infested ground you'll have less headaches if you utilize a disk breaking plow similar to photo in lieu of a moldboard plow. Disk breaking plows were built in either pull & 3 pt types


 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:25 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for the reply Tx Jim. I have only seen disk plows online in videos never for sale in my area (Illinois). If I can pick one up in my area before things dry up this spring I will give it a try. I read a little online and a disk plow would be great for rocky areas and removing roots. I don't have rocks but I have plenty of roots. If I can't find one I will have to use the plow I have.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:56 pm    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I believe the IH 420 plow has shear bolts in each bottom
which are supposed to snap when you hit rocks and roots so
you don?t destroy the plow. You need to make sure that these
are in functioning order and have the correct bolts. Get the
plow?s operator manual and it will tell you what to do.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The 5 inch stumps will give trouble.

The rest will be a little bit of debris now and then, but will work.

Paul
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:40 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I use a Hay King Pasture Renovator to slice through roots besides aerating the subsoil. Run about 10 hp per shank. They have a shear bolt on each shank for the stubborn ones.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:08 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

To save a lot of wear and tear on your equipment get somebody to come in with a root rake.

 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:55 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote


I have plowed 3 fields after the stumps were "removed"...!!

Plugging is not the worst problem...having to deal with all of the Poison Ivy vines that are all over in the sod is the Real Mess..!!

Seemed every 25 to 50 ft we were unplugging that 4x16" Oliver plow..
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We have plowed several fields that had tree roots and never used our good plow to plow it. We bought a old one bottom 18" plow to plow them. You do a lot of stomping around field picking up roots. Helps a lot if you have some young people to do that.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My plow looks like it has springs that can be tensioned tighter or looser with a bolt that comes out the top. I have no idea how to reset it if it trips. I will try to find a manual. The guy I bought it from buys implements at auctions and sells them on craigslist. Someone put all new wear parts on it and it has never been in the ground with the new parts. It looked like the new parts were painted (they were not rusty). I sanded them smooth and painted them again with high gloss enamel to make them slicker. They should be good and shiny by the time I get through plowing three acres of roots. I expect the roots and vines to give me plenty of problems but I am retired and like the challenge. I will not give up until I have it all cleaned up and ready to plant food for the deer.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:55 pm    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The conservation commission will have a root plow that you can rent by the acre. If you pull it shallow and make several passes it will make short work of your stumps.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:38 pm    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Maybe you could find a single shank subsoiler to
run through the tree roots Several times

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:46 pm    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Where I'm from they use large heavy discs for ground that has roots in it.
 
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