Draft Animal Equipment

Setting Walking Plowshares

by John Deere Company


Set the point of the share down so the suction, or clearance, is 1/16" to 1/8" under the landside at point "A."


The clearance, or underpoint suction, in the throat of the share should be 1/16" to 1/8" at point "B."


All walking plowshares should have a wing bearing (point "D"). The correct wing bearing is as follows:
16" plow - 1 1/2"
14" plow - 1 1/4"
12" plow - 3/4"

A straight edge placed at the rear of the landside (point "C") and extending to the wing of the share should touch the back of the edge (point "D").


When sharpening the share, take care not to turn the point to one side or the other. The point fitted to the plow should have about 1/4" clearance, or landside suction, at "E."



Related information: Walking Plow Line of Draft

John Deere Company originally published The Operation, Care and Repair of Farm Machinery fin 1932, from which the above was reprinted in Evener 1998 issue of Rural Heritage magazine.

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