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#6944066 - 11/02/17 04:18 PM Disc or Plow?
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I bought a tractor and it came with a box blade, I am wanting to do some food plots on my lease and Iím not sure if I need to buy a disc or a plow. I would assume the disc but Iím pretty new at this. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My lease is in Albany TX if that helps any.

Thanks in advance


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#6944076 - 11/02/17 04:24 PM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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What size tractor are we talking about? 4x4? If its under 45- 50hp, IMO you will be happier with a disc
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#6944109 - 11/02/17 04:37 PM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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Unless the ground is super hard go with the disc- you will cover more ground faster. I bought a middle buster to help with really hard ground but generally only use a disc.

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#6944375 - 11/02/17 07:57 PM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: Western]
HCGedge3 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Western
What size tractor are we talking about? 4x4? If its under 45- 50hp, IMO you will be happier with a disc


Itís a 45hp 4x4

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#6944829 - 11/03/17 08:53 AM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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Get a disc and if you later find you need a plow for certain things you can find one used.
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#6944970 - 11/03/17 10:44 AM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: HCGedge3
Originally Posted By: Western
What size tractor are we talking about? 4x4? If its under 45- 50hp, IMO you will be happier with a disc


Itís a 45hp 4x4


Then I'd take rickym's advice above and start out with a good disc. With a disc and a shredder, you can usually do what is needed. Get one at least as wide as your wheels, 6-7' probably, tandem disc "harrow".
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#6944975 - 11/03/17 10:52 AM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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Is the soil rocky?
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#6944992 - 11/03/17 11:01 AM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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My adivce.

Buy a Disc but Contract out having it initially breaking plowed and then have it done again every 4-5 years.

You will save money in the long run in discís, bearings, shear bolts, and diesel but having it plowed on a rotation


I do between 50-100 acres a year with a 65hp

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#6945250 - 11/03/17 03:23 PM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
My adivce.

Buy a Disc but Contract out having it initially breaking plowed and then have it done again every 4-5 years.

You will save money in the long run in discís, bearings, shear bolts, and diesel but having it plowed on a rotation


I do between 50-100 acres a year with a 65hp

Great advice BOBO! The initial work with a plow will save a lot of time on the disc with one caveat. How the ground was cleared and what is below the service is everything. I've hand cleared some food plots of brush and will use a disk for about five years before introducing the plow. That will give the stuff below a chance to rot. I still expect to shear a couple of bolts though. After that, I'm golden and will break the ground with a plow about every five years. A deer's hooves deliver quite an impact to the soil over time.

Using a contractor for the initial work would more than likely bring heavier equipment into play. The other side is that you could probably buy a plow for less than what the contractor is going to charge you and then you have one. Most dealers have used two, three, and four bottom plows lined up. I think I paid $350 for my Ford 101 14" three-bottom. That was years ago but I was browsing a line of equipment a couple of weeks ago on a lot and a similar plow was $350.
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#6945254 - 11/03/17 03:31 PM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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If possible, sell the tractor and use the money to pay a neighboring farmer/rancher to do it each year. You'll be money ahead and will be able to spend your time on fun stuff.
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#6945322 - 11/03/17 04:49 PM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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Best for a smaller tractor would be to get a single row subsoiler like this.... mow the grass down low as possible then run this through it long ways of the pasture then cross it the other way. This will break things up a lot better to prep for the disc harrow... once you run a few paces with the harrow it will be ready to spread and then just drag back over the field lightly with the disc or a drag...




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#6945865 - 11/04/17 08:52 AM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HOF]
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Originally Posted By: HOF
If possible, sell the tractor and use the money to pay a neighboring farmer/rancher to do it each year. You'll be money ahead and will be able to spend your time on fun stuff.

Some of us think this is fun stuff!
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#6946041 - 11/04/17 11:36 AM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: HCGedge3]
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It is fun to watch all of your hard work...I mean fun....grow and the deer feeding out in something that you did.
disc is the only way to go
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#6947610 - 11/05/17 08:39 PM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
Best for a smaller tractor would be to get a single row subsoiler like this.

Funny you should mention the subsoiler. I've been thinking about a Dirt Dog All Purpose Plow, the APP85-9 specifically.



We have an abundance of grass in my area, and a moldboard is great when it comes to flipping it for a solid kill, but I would like the APP to bust established food plots that have hardened, especially at the end of the summer.
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#6947840 - 11/06/17 06:18 AM Re: Disc or Plow? [Re: BOBO the Clown]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
My adivce.

Buy a Disc but Contract out having it initially breaking plowed and then have it done again every 4-5 years.

You will save money in the long run in discís, bearings, shear bolts, and diesel but having it plowed on a rotation


I do between 50-100 acres a year with a 65hp


Yep, plows or middle busters are made to break up areas that have never been worked so they can be more easily disked. If you've ever had the chance to compare a disk being worked on areas that have and have not been broken before you would easily see the difference.

The only time I use my box blade is for smoothing damage made by hogs.
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