[Market-farming] Bed Shaper
mf at austinfarm.org
Sun Dec 11 12:33:16 EST 2005
On Sun, Dec 11, 2005 at 08:15:51AM -0700, Kelly Saxer wrote:
> I am in the market for a bedshaper, however I have a small tractor - 22 HP
> Kubota B7510. I've found that Buckeye Tractor Co. in Ohio sells a Jr.
> Bedshaper for $1,214 that will make a 4" high bed and that the sales
> associate insists my tractor can handle just fine. Also, I see that
> www.marketfarm.com has a Lesche Bed Shaper for $1,610 that is supposedly
> designed for tractors with approx. 25HP. Does anyone have experience with
> either of these bedshapers or could anyone suggest another source for a
> bedshaper that my small tractor could accomodate?
For years, I've used a disk bed builder to throw up rough beds.
Earlier this year, thanks to a suggest posted here, I had a bed
smoother built. I'm very pleased with the operation of both. The
value of the disk is $300-$500 and the smoother, maybe $200. In loose
ground, I generally make two passes with the disk. I use both
implements mostly on a 25hp tractor (Mitsubishi R2500), which has
enough power to pull the disk. The disk is easier to pull on my bigger
30-35hp IH B210. I use 5' on bed spacing; the smoother gives a flat
top of about 26", as I recall. The beds start off maybe 6-8" high.
Since I took the photos, I have added a rake in front of the roller on
On reviewing the above photos, I notice that the smoothed beds shown
are poorer quality than average, probably due to dry heavy soil. My
new beds now look better than those shown.
I also notice that I have photos of two disks. The orange one I
spotted in an implement yard last year; I snapped it up at $285. The
rusty/yellow one, I bought new about 20 years ago. $600? I seem to
have to change the "sealed" bearings on them every 4-5 years. I
generally change some of the disks whenever I have to work on bearings.
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