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#1 bigfarmer

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:38 PM

i am looking at buying a 28' case ih 4800 field culitvator at a local auction. anyone know a rule of thumb for the amount of horsepower per foot required to pull a field cultivator. i currently run a 20' j.d. 1010 field cultivator an either a 986 or a 1486 and both pull it easily. also this 4800 is in good shape with a 5 bar tine drag on it- what's it worth? thanks in advance.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:44 PM

i have a 25 foot 1010 ,5088 pulls it easily .

be aware though ,the newer / better cultivators pull harder
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Posted 25 January 2009 - 07:58 PM

Thanks for the input. Do the newer ones pull harder due to being heavier. I know the newer ones seem to be built heaftier than our old 1010 - I think.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:40 PM

We were told our DMI needed 7hp per foot.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 08:44 PM

CIH book says 5.5 HP/ft in heavy soils and then add for the harrow. I had a 28 ft on aMX 240 and it was a load at 6.5 mph. Very good field cultivators
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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:17 PM

A 28 footer would be a darn good load for a 1486! We use to pull a 27' Heston FC with our 1466 turning 190hp, always pulled it in L4th direct but it was a load in our soils. We now have a 25' cIH FC & it pulls alot easier. I would rather pull a smaller fc & go a little faster, now a disk on the other hand is just opposite, would rather pull a wider one & run slower. I would go with one around 25' if it were me.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:36 PM

thanks for the good info. I just saw that there is a 22 footer up for auction around here at the end of the week. I'll probably lean towards that one instead.

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:40 PM

Thanks for the input. Do the newer ones pull harder due to being heavier. I know the newer ones seem to be built heaftier than our old 1010 - I think.


they do ,i quess because of the weight ,neighbor pulls a 31 ' case ih with a 7140 mfd .
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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:53 PM

thanks for the good info. I just saw that there is a 22 footer up for auction around here at the end of the week. I'll probably lean towards that one instead.


When I had my 1486 I pullled a 22' IH 4500 w mounted 3 bar spike harrow plus a 24' Furest harrow behind the f.c. That was all the 14 wanted


Thanks for the input. Do the newer ones pull harder due to being heavier. I know the newer ones seem to be built heaftier than our old 1010 - I think.


they do ,i quess because of the weight ,neighbor pulls a 31 ' case ih with a 7140 mfd .


Weight has part of the newer f.c.s pulling hard but stronger shank springs has a lot more to do with it IMO. Strong springs keep the shanks from pulling back so much forcing them to work deeper. We ran 32 1/2' DMI TM IIs behind a 275 hp & a 290 hp 4wd tractors & they were all the tractors wanted. Currently running a 42 1/2' DMI behind a 425hp 4wd & tractor is pretty much maxed out.

Of course soil type & working depth plays a big part in what size a f.c. a tractor will pull

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Posted 25 January 2009 - 09:54 PM

The newer ones pull harder in General because the shank pressure is higher, ie, heavier springs and shanks. This is especially new on the DMI's and newer CaseIH's. We pull a 25' with a spring tine harrow and DMI Crumbler. The field cultivator by itself is a load for the 7120, or, at least it was untill we put in the new motor. The 5488 handles it good. I pulled it without the crumbler once with the 1466 and it had more than it wanted. Here, in our soils, I'd say 22-25' max for a 4800 on a 1486.

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