Effective primary tillage

    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.
Solid, practical, high-value chisel plows

Models for 30 to 125 HP tractors

3 thru 9 shanks

Rigid or spring-cushion
shank mounting

Also use toolbars to set-up disk bedders and mulch lifters

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l 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.
l Effective chisel plow depth is 8 to 10 inches. 12 inches is exceptional. More than that is often not what it seems.
l "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.
l 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 profile.
l 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 field work.
l 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 opinions.