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Plow is the most basic tool of the farmer and also for large-scale gardeners. Plows essentially help to break and pulverize the ground, adding humus and fertility by covering the vegetation and manure. Plowing helps the soil to hold its precious moisture and circulates the air.
Ever heard of walking plows? Walking plows were produced before tractors and were available in many styles to meet a wide variety of soil conditions. There are a few handmade wooden plows which still exist.
Let’s take a look at the different types of plows and their usefulness:
- Ridge Plows:
Ridge plows are essentially used to create ridges for particular crops. This type of plow works well for cultivating potatoes. To raise the soil into a furrow, the ridge plows are typically double winged.
- Moldboard Plows:
Moldboard plow is used to cleanly cut through the soil and turn it over. Because this type of plow is meant to turn over the soil, it is shaped like a wing. The idea behind this type of plow is to make sure that no soil is left unturned.There are many variations of this type of plow. One common variation is a plow, which can rotate to keep furrows going in the same direction.
- Disc Plows:
The idea behind using a disk instead of something like a moldboard plow is to help reduce friction. Disc plows cuts in terms soil by using discs instead of a wedge-shaped blade. Sometimes people choose to use a disc plow because the moldboard plow isn’t enough. A moldboard plow might not be sufficient in cases where you have sticky soil or rocky soil. One reason farmers tend not to use disc plows is that they don’t do a very good job of covering weeds, so if you’re trying to turn over the weeds in moldboard plow is a better choice. This type of plow is heavier because they need to be pushed down into the soil.
- Rotary Hoe or Rotary Plow:
This type of plow is very popular nowadays due to their specific use in seed bed preparation. The cutting of soil is done by steel tines or blades. The Rotary Hoes are of 3 types. One is the pull-type, which pulls the rotary hoe and an auxiliary engine is attached to supply power. The blades are made to run using this integration. The second type is tractor mounted. These are mounted on tractors and PTO shaft manages the running process. And the third type of rotary plow is the self-propelled type. These type of hoes are usually driven by an engine which is by default attached to the plow. These plows are effective in small farms or gardens.
There are many different types of plows available today. Each of them have their own advantages and disadvantages. Some are good at performing one task exceptionally well, while some are good at performing multiple tasks. The use of these plows also directly depend on the type of field, soil, etc. you’ll be plowing. In case you’re confused about selecting the type of plow for your agricultural needs, you can get in touch with our heavy duty professionals. They will provide you with the best insights in order to help you make an informed decision.