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A few years ago, I managed to acquire a John Deere two row, two horse cultivator for 75 dollars. This spring a friend of mine and I retro-fitted it with the new style "S" tines. Models such as this sell upwards of 4000$ around here. I have half a days work and 250$ in materials. I am very pleased with my new "toy" I hope to have it in the corn by early next week, depending upon the weather.
I encourage folks to look at equipment with new eyes. I have a few pieces of homemade stuff that works very well for me. Low inputs helps keep a farm profitable. Think outside the box. Get help where you need it, for me it is with welding. Most of all, be receptive when someone offers to give you some "old junk". A little paint, some new bolts and a little TLC is a wonderful thing

Klaus Karbaumer says 2017-06-17 13:47:50 (CST)

Great piece of equipment, Ralph. And the attitude behind it, too: If it works, a low cost implement is to be preferred to a high dollar one. The great thing about these old implements is that they were built with durability in mind and they could usually be repaired with little expense.

2 years ago via Forums | Front Porch Forum

Dris Abraham says 2017-06-19 09:24:51 (CST)

Ralph, first off great work on refitting a old piece of farm equipment.. Second, your point is an important one. most time when i am asked to reccomend an equipment choice to my clients I go with new and safety as my guide. However, as the price of things simply outpaces the reality of payback and profit I must go against my earlier views. I spend more time these days refitting older equipment to todays challanges in the Heavy Horse Game. Having said that, I still stand firm that safety must prevail when refittting horse drawn equipment..As always, you are a great ambassador for the heavy horse advocate.

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Ralph in N.E.Oh says 2017-06-20 20:35:19 (CST)

Klaus, I agree wholeheartedly, the older equipment was designed by guys who actually used them. Lots of grease fittings in all the right places. The steel was better, even in the hardware!

Dris, first of all, I also agree with you about safety. I added a front to my log cart. I have hand rails on my power cart. I put a steel mesh guard over the pulleys. I try to watch for opportunities to keep thins safe. It probably comes from my production manufacturing background. We talk safety everyday. I try to lead by example.
Lastly, thank you for your kind words!
I have seen some of the equipment that you are involved with. I can see that it too, is made and reworked with safety in mind. Keep up the great work!

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