Walking Plows: Types of Plows and Choosing Equipment

Explore the history of the plow, types of walking plows and the process of preparing land for crops.



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The common walking plow is made to pulled by a horse, mule or ox.
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This type of walking plow, called a middlebreaker, is shaped to distribute freshly plowed soil evenly on both sides of a furrow.
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A horse-drawn planter is a great accompaniment to a walking plow, smoothing the planting process for larger fields.
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Different plow bottoms have been designed to break different types of land. Before purchasing plowing equipment, determine which type of blade will work best for your purpose.
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The heavy-lined horse is hitched correctly. The size of your plow team has direct relation to point of hitch. The smaller horse in dotted outline, requires a lower hitch at point "A" than the larger horse. The clevis must be lowered to maintain straight line from point "B" through "A" to the hame.
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The heavy-line horse is hitched correctly. Dotted line shows same horse with hitch raised at "A" to accommodate a short hitch. If the dotted line horse were hitched same as heavy line horse, an up-pull on beam would result. Too long tugs have an opposite effect. Raising or lowering the clevis at point "A" corrects line of draft from hame to point "B".
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Our boys display the fender, sweeps and "bull tongue" for a walking plow.
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The bottom of a plow is constructed to support the plowshare, guide the blade and turn and aerate the soil. 
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A middlebreaker plow, front and side view.
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