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Old 07-14-2012, 10:26 PM
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A few weeks ago I built a drag to go behind my tractor. The drag is for leveling dirt and to smooth out any ruts in my lawn before I plant my grass seed. My land was cut-over about three years ago and left to grow back wild. I purchased the land, and cleared most of the bramble, but left all the young trees. Now I am sculpting the land to get the drainage right, and then I will plant grass.

I tried the drag out and I had an immediate problem of sticks gathering in the teeth. The photos below show my solution which I employed today. The drag now works properly and is easy to clear of debris. You can also turn the drag over if you do not want the teeth digging into the dirt.

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Old 07-14-2012, 11:36 PM
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What did you use for the teeth?
I've been thinking about building a drag to go behind the tractor.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:48 AM
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The teeth are 1 inch round, mild steel, 4inches long. The cross members are 4 inch I-beam. The I-beams are held together by 2 inch seamless pipe. Very simple, very heavy.

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:32 AM
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Certainly looks sturdy, and heavy enough to do a good job dragging.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:45 PM
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i like the way you can lift it,i have never seen that before.
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That looks great.

I was thinking that RR spikes would make good harrow spikes. The HC marked ones are hardened.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:27 PM
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RR spikes would have been my first choice for teeth, but I didn't have access to any. Instead I used 1 inch round and cut them on 45 degrees to make a point. The other end was cut on 90 degree. I used my lathe to but a bevel on the welded end.

I used the drag all day today and it worked fine, and I didn't lose any teeth .
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:27 AM
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JBM, I'm still not clear how you solved the sticks-in-the-teeth problem?

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JBM, I'm still not clear how you solved the sticks-in-the-teeth problem?

Looks good.

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Looks to me that he solved it by being able to pick it up and drive away leaving them there for later smores material

I will have to say that I did something similiar but dont have access to my pics right now. I will try and post one tonight after work. I used the HC rail Roads spikes for mine, or the one i made for my dad. It is smaller and accomadates cynder blocks for added wieght.
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Old 07-16-2012, 03:28 PM
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Weldor is correct. Most of the time, the sticks fall out when I pick up the drag. I learned if I drug small areas at a time, I can accumulate the sticks in one place for later pickup.

I think I am going to change up the lift somewhat to make the drag more stable when in the up position. It's really not a big deal, but would be worth another hour of two fabricating, especially before painting. The chains need to be spread apart at each lift point where they attach to the boom. THis should give it more stability.
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