Field Tuff ATV Disk Harrow - 33in.W, Model# ATV-DH
Do's And Don'ts
Read in full to understand what you are getting. I destroyed it the first time out. Find a friend with a welder and do a little work on it before heading out and bring a few tools. I added baskets made out of rebar and they are sized to hold 5 gallon containers of water and spare fuel. Totally I can add 180lbs. the weakest point is the u-bolts and the bearing brackets that mount to the frame of the unit and this area needs to be supported or welded rigid or you will be constantly checking the u-bolts and tighning them. Adding weight is almost a must to get good results unless you are playing in sand.
2.Add supports to the bearing bracket and u-bolts. or weld rigid.
3.Make left hand turns!!!
4.Remove weight when traveling through mud or long distances.
5. clear a pathand turning location before you pull.
1. make right hand turns with lots of weight.
2. pull through mud weighted.
3. let the u-bolts get lose.
4. plan to go in reverse long distances.
February 25, 2014
this is not mint to cut new soil for those of you that are trying to go into hard ground ,and I put this together in about 1 hour ,easy to do ,and for the hitch coming off ,all you have to do is adjust the nut on the bottom of the hitch ! its a simple thing to do .look under the hitch and there will be a 17 mm nut just tighten it up not to tight but until you cant pull the hitch coupler off the ball ,I realy like this one works great ,
October 12, 2013
Good for sandy soil
I bought this knowing it is small and light weight. My plan was for use on a beach to keep weeds from gowing in the off season. It works just fine for this purpose.
It does not back up very well. My beach is narrow and long. I thought about backing up since there is no room to turn around. Bad idea. It has one row of discs going one way and the other pushing the other direction. This means when backing up it pushes itself the same direction no matter what way you are trying to steer it. It will finally tip sideways if I keep trying to make it go backwards the "other" direction.
The lift wheels work, but it takes time. It is light enough to unhook and manually turn around at each end. Not fun, but easier than using a tiller like I was doing.
In the end it is effective. Actually, once I went ahead and drove past my beach to the neighbors, where there is room to turn around, it worked perfectly. Since they have hard packed beach with grass they keep mowed, it hardly left a mark. Proof that hard soil will not work so well with this disc.
The box it comes in is very heavy and compact. It is wooden too. I am looking at it wondering what I can turn it into. ;-) You will need help unpacking unless you can just push it off the back of what ever you haul it home in.
I put it together by myself. Having help would have resulted in a few less unsavory words spoken towards the disc during assembly. :-o It is awkward, but not too heavy for one person to handle.
It came with 4 "disc pressure plates" while the instructions say it has 2. This is a good thing! The nut bottomed out with only one plate on the end of one of the disc rows. The other seemed to tighten down fine. I had to take it apart and went ahead and added a second plate to both rows rather than worry about it next year. They tighten down much better now.
One thing I missed on the assembly instructions was that the bearing plates need to have the "angle" plate at the top facing "inside" or they won't mount to the frame right in a later step. Lesson learned after having to take the lock nut off and put back on a few times between this and the pressure plate issue above.
There is a yellow lable warning that says it ships with no grease. OK, that's fine, but there is really no place to put grease! Not sure what that means. The wheels are bushings, not bearings. I wouldn't take this thing down the road very far and only at very slow speeds. Adding a little grease on the bushings every year would be a good idea! The disc rows have what look and feel like bearings, but they are sealed and have no zerks. I don't know how to grease them short of taking the bearing apart. I didn't look hard since my use will be 3-4 times a year and an area 110 feet by 15 feet only. It should be OK for a few years.
I am pulling it with a 1985 Honda 250 4-trax. This is a 2 wheel drive ATV. It pulls just fine. Except when I tried backing the disc into the water. Then the ATV couldn't get enough traction to pull it out. Also, when I got the ATV to far into the water and the wheels sunk into some the soft shore. Both times, jacking the disc up, unhook, and push it out of the way. Move the ATV, and hook back up and away we go again.
So, a small ATV will pull it. It tears up the weeds on a sandy beach. It doesn't turn very short. It doesn't back up unless you put the wheels down. I would say to anyone wanting to use it on clay or even dirt soil, you won't be as happy with it. But for sand, or a garden with pre-worked soil, it will be fine with no extra weights added.
June 18, 2013
A harrow is not a plough!
You cannot expect this tool to dig up undisturbed land, it's designed to finish the soil after ploughing.
"In agriculture, a harrow (often called a set of harrows in a plurale tantum sense) is an implement for breaking up and smoothing out the surface of the soil. In this way it is distinct in its effect from the plough, which is used for deeper tillage. Harrowing is often carried out on fields to follow the rough finish left by ploughing operations. The purpose of this harrowing is generally to break up clods (lumps of soil) and to provide a finer finish, a good tilth or soil structure that is suitable for seedbed use."
May 20, 2013
Won't Dig Down
This product seemed like a great deal, but we can not add enough weight to it to even break ground, much less plow dirt for planting.
October 8, 2012
Very Poor Excuse for a Disk
Directions to put this Disk together were very limited. I tried the disk and without Jury Rigging any weight on it, it went in the ground about 1/4 of an inch! I then put on 200 lbs and tried it again. It went in 2.5 inches on the right side and 1/2 inch on left side even when my weight was evenly distributed. The disk hitch is a very low quality and poor designed since it comes off each time you turn to go the other direction. Do No Recommend.
August 29, 2011
Needs Weight Trays
This harrow is of heavy duty construction. Four locking nuts were left out of the parts inventory. The local farm supply had only english nuts and the bolts supplied were metric. But I found english bolts and locking nuts that worked. Initially the hitch popped off the ball, but it does have an adjustment nut in the hitch that allows you to tighten the connection. No problems staying hooked up after that. Really won't cut deep enough on its own even adjusting the turnbuckle. I'm no welder, so I built some weight boxes out of wood and added 200 lbs of tractor weights. That really improved the harrow's performance! No problem pulling with a 25 hp 4WD garden tractor. Would be 5 stars if it had built in weight trays.
April 9, 2011
Bought this for food ploting this year and have small acreage. Ground/Soil was tilled in the past, so working up the soil went very smooth. Product is well constructed with 2inch heavy duty steel frame. The discs/baldes are replaceable and unit has adjustable depth. Worked great for my use and would recommend.
August 5, 2010
Field Tuff ATV Disk Harrow
We have small farm acreage that we plant with large equipment, we had a lot of rain this spring and could not get into the low spots in the field so we had to leave them until they dried out. We purchased the Field Tuff ATV Disk Harrow so we could disk these small low areas and then finish planting them and in the process we did not tear up the existing crop as we used our Polaris 500 ATV to get to these spots. We also have a few small food plots and used the disk on these and the disk performed great. The crop and food plots are up and growing great, I am positively satisfied with the ATV Disk.
July 1, 2010
Save your money and opt for one of the more expensive units.It'll save you money and aggravation in the long run. Steel brackets are too thin and bend and twist out of shape easily. Hitch coupler is of lowest quality and will not stay on ball over uneven terrain. Without added weight, it'll only cut a freshly rototilled plot.
May 30, 2010