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Plowed up some sod with the old WD yesterday

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    Posted: 20 Nov 2023 at 7:06pm
Plow was greased up from last year, but I haven't tried to roll any sod in a long time... Had to go in 1st gear wide open as I was losing traction in 2nd even with ballast, but pretty happy with the result. Will disc it down in the spring.






Never tried to upload a youtube short before, but here's about 30 seconds of video of plowing (looks okay on mobile, kind of like trash on Desktop I think):

https://youtube.com/shorts/_4_K8_rB9Fc?si=CZCrv5uFb6Sf1cFL

Anyway, hope you all enjoy. Haven't been able to post in awhile, so good to be back.


Edited by garden_guy - 20 Nov 2023 at 7:06pm
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Good job plowing and that engine sounds great.
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Looks good!

I'd disk it now and broadcast 2-3bu/acre Winter Rye grain. That's where my field is now.
Next spring I'll plant corn/beans direct into the standing rye and when it pops up I'll knock the rye flat as weed barrier mulch. That works pretty well. Then in the fall I just disk and broadcast rye again.

You must have a WD45 to pull those three bottoms? I think my WD is only a two bottom puller.

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You've got a good healthy WD there!
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Allis advertised their Tractors as:

CA - 2 bottom Plow

WD - as 3 bottom Plow

WD-45 - as 4 bottom Plow

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WD-45 Brochure:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/275559723928
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That is the sound of a Power Crater W-226 with a Nelson muffler....!!!!

Edited by DrAllis - 21 Nov 2023 at 6:30am
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Nice job.

Love seeing myself in a dirt polished moldboard.
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Man she is polished ain’t nuthin like a clay polish!
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Thumbs Uplooks good,,appears to be some difficult conditions,, but ya made it look great
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Originally posted by captaindana captaindana wrote:

Man she is polished ain’t nuthin like a clay polish!

Grandpa used to clean up the plow by driving down to the creek and plowing through a sandstone gravel bar a few times.  Now that's shiny...
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SLee(IA) & wjohn -- Thanks! Pretty happy how the old girl still sounds. Use it to mow with a couple times a year and then usually plow a garden every other year, and try to give her a workout.

jvin248 -- I think my uncle is making this into a pumpkin patch so I'll probably let it sit all winter then disk it for him in the spring. I've got a '53 WD with a curved shifter. It can pull the three bottoms but it usually takes some work with the traction booster and/or gearing down depending on the soil (we have thick clay here).

DrAllis -- Man those old Nelsons have a sound unto themselves don't they? I have a new one sitting on my shelf to install eventually, this one has a side seam blow out (hence the black pipe I've sleeved over the top), but it has run almost 10 years in this configuration now! Purrs like a kitten! Can definitely tell this engine vs. my restored WD that has M&W pistons in it, she sounds different even with a Nelson.

Macon Rounds & captaindana -- Yeah this sod really shined it up more than ever before, I was impressed and I didn't even do that big of an area. Just keep it greased real good otherwise.

Michael V (NM) -- She was pulling pretty hard and that clay was really stiff and chunky but I was happy it was able to roll it right over like that.
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Great pictures video!

I really love moldboard plowing! Maybe if I live another 15-20 years I'll figure out how to do it?
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Originally posted by IBWD MIke IBWD MIke wrote:

Great pictures video!

I really love moldboard plowing! Maybe if I live another 15-20 years I'll figure out how to do it?


Thanks! Yeah, I wish grandpa was still around (he's been gone over 10 years now). Back up into the mid-80s he was plowing a couple hundred acres a year with the old open station setup. He told me all about making headlands and setting depths, and I know a lot of great information is in the plow manuals, but it takes a lot of feel and practice to get right as well. I've plowed maybe 10 acres total in the past decade, so I'm definitely no expert at any of this.
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Originally posted by Gary Gary wrote:


Allis advertised their Tractors as:

CA - 2 bottom Plow

WD - as 3 bottom Plow

WD-45 - as 4 bottom Plow

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WD-45 Brochure:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/275559723928


Nobody ever believed us that our wd45 handled a 4-14" semi mounted plow back in the day. "Not in my soil" you just don't want me to lap that 4010 £
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