Many worthy chisel plows are on the
market today, however most manufactures make little effort on smaller
models. We offer solid, practical, high-value chisel plows as part of a
broad line of small-farm tillage and bed preparation equipment.
We promote the chisel plow as an essential piece of
equipment on any farm with row crops for initial post-harvest
tillage and/or soil fracture below seedbed level. Deeper penetration
mixes soil better and relieves general compaction. A deeper layer of
loose soil is of particular interest before forming raised beds.
Moldboard plows can suffice instead of chisel plows but these
are more specialized tools since it is trendy today to not plow every
year plus plowing in the spring is often not appropriate or preferred. Chisel plows can
be more flexible in different soil and environments.
high-value chisel plows
Models for 30 to 125 HP tractors
3 thru 9 shanks
Rigid or spring-cushion
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CHISEL PLOW BASICS
Chisel plows have thick C-shape shanks and are intended
to fracture topsoil and mix in residue, leaving
some on top. In comparison, moldboard plows roll over
soil and bury residue. Chisel plows tend to pull easier.
Both pull better with more soil moisture.
Effective chisel plow depth is 8 to 10 inches. 12 inches
is exceptional. More than that is often not what it
"Rippers" are built heavier than chisel plows to fracture
harder soil and may be able to penetrate a little deeper
than 12 inches. Rippers are characterized by flat,
straight shanks, which do not mix the topsoil.
"Sub-soilers" are heaviest to fracture well
below the topsoil and have fewer shanks with broader
shank spacing. Rippers and sub-soilers may seem the same
but sub-soilers are noticably heavier and may require
twice the HP to pull.
Before chisel plowing, residue
is often first cut up with a disk harrow.
Chisel and disk again, if needed. "Disk chisels" do both jobs at
once and are priced accordingly. Pull the second pass at
angle from the first to best fracture the entire soil
In many common soils, allow time for soil to mellow
between chisel plowing and finish-ing seedbed. Most
operators chisel plow after harvest to prepare for spring
Horsepower requirement for chisel plows is 12 to 15 HP
per shank. Variables include soil type,
moisture and tillage depth. The best word on how to
manage your soils with primary tillage may be from local practices and