Build Your Own Homemade Cultivator

Build your own homemade cultivator to pull behind your ATV or garden tractor, using the tines from a field cultivator.

| February/March 2002

Learn how to build your own homemade cultivator.

Through some strange quirk of physics, every year the rows in my garden seem to get a little longer, the weeds' roots get a little deeper and my hoe's handle gets a little harder. Some would say this is from advancing age, but that obviously isn't possible, since I'm as young as I was 15 years ago.

Besides these strange developments, I also find the demand in my area for my good, fresh, organic produce grows every year. Expanding my gardens seemed the wise choice, but it was going to require more power than just one man could produce. I needed a cultivator, but a store-bought one for use in a small field or garden was out of my price range (more than $1,000).

So I raided my ever-useful scrap wood pile and made a cultivator to pull behind my trusty all terrain vehicle (ATV). I think by reading my story you could do it, too. I don't have a formula to follow: The beauty of my system is it uses what's available. Here is how you can build your own homemade cultivator.

I made the tongue from a 6-foot-long, red oak 4 by 4. Since the width of my ATV is 42 inches, I made the cultivator 46 inches wide to wipe out tire tracks as I went. I made room for diggers in the length, making the cultivator 42 inches long. You can decide your own needs and design accordingly.

On the port and starboard sides, screw two 2 by 4s. (You should now have a thing that looks like a horse-drawn drag without teeth.) Drill appropriate holes for the draw pin to fit in on the draw bar of your tractor or ATV. Get a couple of pieces of flat iron about 12 inches long, 1/4 inch thick and 1 1/2 inches wide. Attach these two pieces of iron to the top and bottom of the tongue.

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