Thurston Blu-Jet equipment??? And questions about rippers.
Posted 24 July 2006 - 07:58 PM
A few months ago IHBOWEN from here posted a video of his 5488 mfwd pulling a Unverferth inline notill ripper and it really made an impression on us with the way it was leaving the topsoil undisturbed and in good shape for a planter or drill. Since we don't do any rowcropping and almost every acre is drilled, what types do you guys reccomend? And we have tractors from a 180 horse mfwd up to a 475 horse 4 wheel drive so power isn't a problem. We just want to do a good job.
Posted 24 July 2006 - 09:02 PM
Posted 24 July 2006 - 11:06 PM
Here's my two cents on rippers and points. Take them for what you paid for them. Also, I've done quite a bit of digging behind DMI, Blue jet, and our Brillion ripper.
The Blue Jet is a good ripper, I think they're built all right.
However, the way they work, is that they fracture the soil structure horizontally all through using a wide point. In a high clay content soil like we have here, with freeze thaw/shrink swell, and rain compaction, the soil just tends to settle right back down on itself. Lot's of guys around here have used them in the fall, and by the next spring you can't hardly tell where you've run one.
The Brillion shank is a verticle tillage type of shank. It makes a narrow slot at the bottom, and v's out till it essentially blows out an 8 to 12 inch zone at the top of the ground. This will be a humped up zone, so it's less dense than the soil around it. When this zone swells then, it tends to blow the surrounding soil apart, further reducing compaction, rather than just letting it settle down and recompacting. I can still find ripper slots in our soils that are 3-4 years old. You'd never find that with a low disturbance horizontal fracturing ripper.
The picture here is without the firming baskets on. If we pack it down in the fall with the firming attachment, you will have a trench come spring if you get a lot of moisture over the winter. Beleive it or not, come spring you can no-till into this. It's a bit rough, but not undoable at all.
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 06:37 AM
Collector of red who farms with green. '49 Farmall C, Super MTA, Farmall 350 (I'm the 2nd owner), '62 Farmall 460 Diesel. Fast hitch sub-soiler, fh 2 bottom plow, and fh grader blade. Deeres>'71 3020 Diesel, '12 7215R MFWD with IVT tranny, '03 7320 MFWD, '11 9570 combine, 693 Corn Head, 630 Flex Platform, 525 J & M grain cart, '11 1770 Front Fold Flex Vacuum 12 row planter,'10 30' 1990 CCS air drill, 5 shank Unverferth Zone Builder, 32' To The Max Harrow, 2005 Peterbilt 10 wheeler with new 20' Scott bed and hoist, 2002 Sterling ten wheeler with new 20' Scott bed and hoist, and an '04 Silverado 3/4 4x4 Extended cab. "Hey y'all, watch this!" "!
Posted 25 July 2006 - 06:53 AM
Posted 25 July 2006 - 07:19 AM
Posted 25 July 2006 - 05:27 PM
Cliff: how many legs are you pulling with a MX240? I know where a 6 or 7 leg 2500 DMI is with one of the closing attachments on the back but I can't remember which one it has. Whatever size it is, it has floding wings with a leg on each wing. Suppose thats a 7 shank.
The only subsoiling that ever gets done in my area is done with JD 900 and 915's and DMI Ecolotigers. Then its 2 or 3 more trips to get it worked back down and that takes away a lot of the good you just did after driving over it a few times....
Striker: our hardpan is around 10-12" deep. We usually set the rippers to go a foot deep and in a dry year like this one has been you can sure tell it helps. A lot of the cotton guys on 38" rows are running parabolic type Tye rippers with middlebusters on the back to rebuild the rows. I have borrowed one of them without the busters and ran it on some bean ground and wasn't real impressed.
Posted 25 July 2006 - 05:30 PM
I put some stuff in the mail today for ya. Get ahold of me with any questions.
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 06:02 PM
Hey, got any old extra sprinkler nozzles for a T&L laying around you want to get rid of cheap? 2 of ours has the style like a endgun is and they are wore out and not working at all. Supposed to spin around and water evenly but all they do is sit there and spray in one spot. We swapped one 7 tower T&L out last week to a Nelson Rainbird style. Got one 8 tower to go and maybe we'll make a crop this year!