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Posted 1/29/2014 18:47 (#3646378)
Subject: Low budget homemade tile equipment

NE Iowa
Just a small part time farmer with really rolling ground with wet spots. Been fighting these wet spots for way to long but was too cheap to hire it done. Decided to make my own 3 pt tile plow last summer. Used it to put 20,000 feet of tile in the ground last fall. In general all of our fields are pretty steep but lots of small swales that we can usually plant but if it is a wet year they will only 1/4 of what the rest of the field does. Most runs had 30'-40' of fall in only a 400'-500' run so no need for laser grade control. Didn't have a tractor big enough so rented a 200 hp (26,000#) MFWD from a neighbor and made all the runs down hill. Used the plow and hand shoveling to dig the start holes and rented a mini-excavator to dig in the connections. It can only do 3" or 4" tile and we bought a semi load (18,000') of 4" tile in 250' rolls for $.309 a foot. Used a homemade spinning table to unroll the 250' rolls by pulling with a Gator. Wanted to share these pics in case anyone else wants to try tiling on a budget. I have about $1700 invested total in the plow:

Laser cut custom steel plates from local fab shop: $660
Steel Tubing & flat stock: $440
2 Hyd Cylinders $290
Old IH 800 planter tongue from scrapped planter $0
Pins, bushings, hyd hoses, fittings $190
Paint $25
Weld rod, oxygen, etc $50
My time designing & fabricating $0
Lots of hours of retired father's welding $0

Edited by 17821x 1/29/2014 18:49





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