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    Posted: 08 May 2012 at 7:24am
Dose anyone have any experience or knowledge of one you would pull behind a tractor to get rid the stones in a field?   Make, model, hp to run it, size of finished product, cost.
  Thanks, Nella
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jim Lindemood Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2012 at 7:36am
Can't help you -- rocks seem to keep growing in my fields - and I get exercise by picking them up or dragging them with a chain. Over the years, my rock pile has gotten quite large. Despite them, my waistline has grown too, LOL. How big are the rocks you are dealing with and how many are there?
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People around here use skid loaders with rock buckets, tractor pulled rock pickers, or enlist the kids...
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Over the years we have used the following methods to deal with rocks in our PA fields:
1. kids. My brother, sisters and I. Never tell Dad you were bored, he would send you to pick a load of rocks.
2. modified John Deere cultivator. Added many etra teeth. Kind of lumped them into piles. Then, see #1 above.
3. 3 point rock rake made from old truck frame and torsion bars cut up. Set at an angle. Made rock windrows. See #1 above, but equip them with manure forks to toss stones in the wagon.
4. Rock rake like they used on the dirt/gravel roads. Made nice row of even the small stones. This kid was a teenager by then, and scraped up the rows with the front end loader.
5. Hydraulic rock picker. Teeth run under the surface, once the tines have enough rocks, the cylinder would be actuated and the tines would dump the rocks in a hopper in the back. When full, the hopper was dumped hydraulically. This was the option used, because the kids had all either gone to college, or move away.  Was by far the fasted, easiest and most thorough method. Would recommend this to anyone facing the yearly crop of rocks that seem to "grow".
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I have about 20 acres that you can pick a wagon load of stones off of every 2 acres. The size is about 20" on down which are somewhat flat sandstone and shale. About 3 acres are bottom land with round granite type hardness stones. It is good corn and bean ground but the combine don't like them in the bean fields!! The rest of the tillable land has quartz, sandstone and shale. We just finished picking which got me thinking about a rock crusher.
Particle size(1" and smaller would be great) and maintenance would be two main issues.


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Have not seen a portable rock crusher for use behind tractor or such , rock pickers yes but the idea is to remove them to pile not try to make soil from them .
 Rock rake or actual rock picker used before planting or after harvest, 
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I have not heard of a rock picker that crushes rocks.  Lost of companies make pickers of  of a design similar to the Rock-L-Matic, which you can find at:
 
Also some companies were making rock windrowers that could concentrate rocks quickly for later pickup with one of the pickers.  There were a huge help  for really rocky fields.


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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NInDenQl7W4
http://www.kirpy.com/en/cadre_EN.html


 I had found this and some others in a search engine but thought I could get a better opinion here from some hands on experienced operators.


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I remember seeing addy's in Ontario for something called Merricrusher/Meri-crusher/or something like that. Don't know nutin bout it. Was tractor drawn pto driven. Supposedly ground up rocks, sticks and anything else in its path. Got me thinkin now.
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I use an 8' stone fork on my A-C 715B backhoe equiped with duals for flotation on soft worked ground for the bigger stones and a 30' three section  roller after the beans are planted to push the small stones back into the ground.

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Nella's got me thinkin' too. With the yearly tedious job of picking by hand I am shocked I don't believe I never thought we should just crush em and leave em! Great idea!!!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jaybmiller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 May 2012 at 7:02pm
Friend's got a rock picker,pulled behind tractor, has onboard gas engine to drive the chains.Kinda like a very heavy duty potato picker.
Heck, use an old tater picker....cheap, beats a stone board for sure !!
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 A few years back in Farm Show there was a fella with a large jaw type crusher mounted on a truck axle that pulled this crusher across fields and crushed an  let the chips fall right there. Had about a 100 hp Ford tractor to pull it , was pto powered , it was heavy and needed a lot of power to pull thru loose ground . I don't think he needed all that much power to crush as it had a mammoth flywheel.  I'm curious again , I'll see if I can find that article.  It can be done....
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Originally posted by rob(ont) rob(ont) wrote:

I remember seeing addy's in Ontario for something called Merricrusher/Meri-crusher/or something like that. Don't know nutin bout it. Was tractor drawn pto driven. Supposedly ground up rocks, sticks and anything else in its path. Got me thinking now.
 
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We bought a Meri-crusher, made by Suokone, great machine to save picking up sticks and small stumps.  Leaves the soil so loose and fluffy you could plant right into it no problem.  Takes some real horsepower to run it and you need a tractor with a creeper gear.  Not talking about 2 or 3 mph either, lol.  It will pulverize concrete and asphalt to dust, rocks tend to break the teeth and the lugs the teeth mount onto the drum with, and worst case situation we have broke two pto shafts off the tractor...big rock stuck and stopped drum dead and a stump that got caught on the shear bar/drum area and bound it up. 
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