Thanks. Yes, it’s a Dearborn, the model number is a 10-156, I think it’s a 14in. I got it two years ago, right after I got the John Deere. When we got here on the farm four years ago, there was already this bush hog, and a disk harrow, but no plow. So, I got to looking on Craigslist, and found it at a used farm equipment place about 40 miles from here. They wanted about $300, but it think I paid $250. I think that was a fair price, considering how hard they are to find in that condition.
I was a tractor noob, so I knew nothing about them, thankfully my bro in law does, and passed along a lot of good info, and helped me out. But, I had to learn how to set up the plow myself through a lot of internet videos and articles.
We have about a 3 acre pasture that isn’t used for anything, but it’s cleared off, so I used it as a training ground. It took a lot of trial and error, and I did a few plowing runs until I felt confident enough to do it for our garden plots.
It is tricky, you have to manipulate the top link, and the right lift arm lever to get it where you want it. I set mine up by getting on level ground, and lower the plow down to the ground. I want the tips of both boards or shares, whatever they’re called, touching the ground at the same time, at a very slight angle. That is, I want the tips touching before the back of the share, maybe an inch or two lower than the back of the share.
Usually I do this by sitting the plow down on the ground and adjusting the link arm, and then lifting it back up until the tips look level. To get the share angle right, I pull in the top link by giving it a few turns. The shorter top link will pull the plow towards the tractor, and should give you the proper angle. I’m now ready to do my first run.
Depending on the slope of the hill, I want to throw the turned soil up the hill. I always plow across the hill, not up and down. If I’m sitting in my tractor, and the hill is sloping from right to left, I want to make my first run on the right side of my proposed plot. A key to getting the sod turned over, is to get up enough speed. I tried to do my runs at about 4mph, which for me was in low 4th gear.
After the first run, you drive your right tires into the newly cut furrow, and you’ll notice your plow is no longer level with the ground, because your right side is down in the furrow. So you have to get out, and readjust the right link, usually to pull it up to make both share tips level with the ground again.
After the readjustment, you’re ready to make the rest of your runs, while in that furrow. If you have multiple plots to do, I do the first run on the right side of each plot, then do my in-furrow adjustment, and finish the plot, and move on to the next plot. It sounds a bit complicated, but after a while it becomes easier. It’s still a bit of an art too, so some folks may do it a bit differently.