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LoessHillsArcher
12-03-2008, 05:38 AM
I'm looking for a cultipacker 4' or 5' to pull behind a 600cc 4-wheeler. I've having a hard time finding any for sale in Iowa, I have seen some for sale online brand new but seem a little spendy. Anyone try making their own homemade cultipacker? For now just looking for something small for hunting plots. Any weight recomendations, over 300lbs, 400lbs? All new to me so any help is much appreciated!

JNRBRONC
12-03-2008, 06:28 AM
In Jan/Feb I would expect the farm equipment auctions to start. You'll probably have to outbid the scrap guy for one, then modify it for your use (or since he will have a cutting torch, split it with him, literally).

dbltree
12-03-2008, 08:39 AM
Interest in food plots has made cultipackers hard to come by and they can be pricey sometimes even at auctions.

Watch around old farmsteads also because often there is an old one laying in the weeds somewhere and if you can locate the landowner you can buy it for a song before it ends up at an auction.

If all else fails this "poly packer" is a pretty handy packer that you can fill with water or sand and it's just right to pull behind an ATV or small tractor.

Poly-Packer (http://www.amazing-atv-machinery.com/culti-packer-packermaxx-products.html)

http://www.amazing-atv-machinery.com/images/cultipacker/Cultipacker021.JPG

Once empty you can throw it in the back of the truck for transport so a couple food plotters could even share one and split the cost. /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Skully
12-03-2008, 09:34 AM
That picture gives me an idea. Would a 4 foot long piece of 12" diameter plastic field tile poured full of cement work? It wouldn't have the "V" shaped packing surfaces I guess but would it really matter? Slide a pipe through the center before the cement sets up and hook a section of chain to it to drag it around. Throw some duct tape on it somewhere and whaa-la! Red-Green-down-home-muliti-purpose- culti-packer/possum squasher! /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

LoessHillsArcher
12-03-2008, 10:17 AM
That's it Paul, that is perfect!

I was thinking something along the same lines as Skully with the 12" pipe, hollow tube in center, cement, and then having the local welder make a triangle bracket (like the one Paul posted) for pulling...I'd thought it may help with turning vs. a chain method.

Thanks guys!

BOWSTRING
12-03-2008, 12:12 PM
Just pack it with the atv tires if they are small plots. It works good and you don't have to add something else to the list of crap to take with you.

hillrunner
12-03-2008, 12:30 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Would a 4 foot long piece of 12" diameter plastic field tile poured full of cement work? </div></div>
I'm not sure 12" would be large enough to keep it turning in loose dirt or mounds without aggressive teeth. It may become more of a drag than a packer if you know what I mean.

dbltree
12-03-2008, 12:51 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Red-Green-down-home-muliti-purpose- culti-packer/possum squasher! </div></div>

Shhhh! Bonker might read this.... /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

I suppose one could make something like that for sure and Lickcreek down at Birmingham has em big enough to stand up in so you could make any size.

Lawn Rollers work too but they are flat and tend to compact the soil to much.

I use an ATV sometimes but it's a lot of riding back n forth if you have much to do.

The -V- shape of the cultipacker makes the perfect packed seedbed (not that it has to be perfect /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif ) but if I had my druthers I'd rather have a cultipacker....... /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

LoessHillsArcher
12-03-2008, 01:01 PM
The thing I thought might be handy about this is you can fluctuate the weight of the packer depending on the scenario, seed, etc.

Has anyone used this packer, they pretty durable?

dbltree
12-03-2008, 01:24 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LoessHillsArcher</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The thing I thought might be handy about this is you can fluctuate the weight of the packer depending on the scenario, seed, etc.

Has anyone used this packer, they pretty durable? </div></div>

I saw where some folks had used it on the QDMA forums but I have not personally seen it in use. /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

BOWSTRING
12-03-2008, 01:32 PM
This might be a stupid question but how do you get it filled out in a timber or wherever. I'd assume most people don't have running water out in the sticks. Fill it with water before then you have to try to unload it. Which I would think it would weigh quit a bit. I guess you could back up to a hill and unload it if you have that option.

dbltree
12-03-2008, 01:58 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: bowstring</div><div class="ubbcode-body">This might be a stupid question but how do you get it filled out in a timber or wherever. I'd assume most people don't have running water out in the sticks. Fill it with water before then you have to try to unload it. Which I would think it would weigh quit a bit. I guess you could back up to a hill and unload it if you have that option. </div></div>

You'd have to look at it just like a steel one...haul it loaded.

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Operating Weight Filled with Water,360Pounds

Operating Weight Filled with Sand, 600 Pounds </div></div>

Your talking roughly 50 gallons of water so it is possible but I would just load it on an ATV trailer along with the ATV and head for the food plots with it full of water.

If folks wanted to share it then you could drain the water and take it somewhere.

I have an old steel one and that baby is heavy but with ramps you just pull it right in behind the tractor. I had a friend cut mine down so it would fit my trailer because it was an 8 footer. /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

BOWSTRING
12-03-2008, 02:43 PM
Good call. I didn't think about that.

sw outdoor nut
12-03-2008, 02:54 PM
LHA,
I have one you can borrow. I am not sure where you are at, but I am in SW IA. Let me know when/if you need it.

LoessHillsArcher
12-03-2008, 03:39 PM
Thanks for the offer, sent ya a PM! /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Sorry if this is old news but thought I'd share some findings after checking into Paul's lead to the QDMA forums. I can't take any credit for any of this but thought the idea and plans were awesome. Bunch of guys have built their own cultipackers over there...I don't know about you guys but building something like this and putting it to use in food plotting would be great!

Here is the link...
http://www.qdmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=16349

some pics of 2 of the custom packers!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v461/iowadeerhunter/cultipacker2.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v461/iowadeerhunter/cultipacker2a.jpg



http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v461/iowadeerhunter/cultipacker3.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v461/iowadeerhunter/cultipacker3a.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v461/iowadeerhunter/cultipacker3b.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v461/iowadeerhunter/cultipacker3c.jpg

dbltree
12-03-2008, 04:00 PM
Originally Posted By: LoessHillsArcher
Thanks for the offer, sent ya a PM!


Sorry if this is old news but thought I'd share some findings after checking into Paul's lead to the QDMA forums. I can't take any credit for any of this but thought the idea and plans were awesome. Bunch of guys have built their own cultipackers over there...I don't know about you guys but building something like this and putting it to use in food plotting would be great!

Here is the link...
Building A Homemade Cultipacker (http://www.qdmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=16349)






Looks like the packer wheels have went up a little: CULTIPACKER WHEEL (http://www.agrisupply.com/product.asp?pn=62078)

$14 bucks a piece x 28 (I count at least that many in one pic)is roughly $400 so still kinda spendy. Add bearings, steel and wheels....whew! /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif

Neat little deals though!

Here's a link to a homemade wooden frame cultipacker

$100 Cultipacker (http://www.qdmaforums.com/showthread.php?p=216820&posted=1#post216820)



Be nice to run across some like these at an acution sale...

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/Cultipacker1.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/9ftpacker.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/DoublePacker.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/WheeltransportPacker.jpg

dbltree
03-18-2009, 11:41 AM
I found this handy little cultipacker available thru King Kutter (http://www.kingkutter.com/WholeGood.asp?item=KultiPacker)

http://www.kingkutter.com/images/dia/KP-48.jpg

Pretty price at $800+ but handy because it has tires...just flip the tow bar and go to work!

Towable by ATV or tractor and at 4ft would be easy to load on most trailers.

ORSCHELN FARM & HOME and T S C both can order it (among others )

Food plotters have really driven up demand for used packers although one can still find them if you look long and hard enough... /forum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

letemgrow
04-19-2009, 10:24 AM
also check out old junk yards and old farm equipment places. I was able to get one like this for 175 a few years ago.

dbltree
08-26-2009, 05:41 PM
Mike from WI sent me these pics of a cultipacker he dug out of the weeds and retrofitted...looks great Mike! :way:

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/Equipment/cultipacker2009002.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/Equipment/cultipacker2009003.jpg

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/Equipment/cultipacker2009004.jpg

bowhuntr311
08-26-2009, 05:43 PM
Just thought I would share a pic of the cultipacker I picked up for nothing. :) I've been looking for a year or so around all the junk piles around all the farms I hunt. Nothing for cultipackers :( I was really thinking I was going to have to bite the bullet this winter and build one like listed above. I stopped at my uncles ranch a week or so ago, and low and behold out in the weeds here two these two 48in wing pieces laid. :D Unfortuantly when I tried to get both from him, thinking I would paint the frames and add tires and sell 1 as a "ATV Cultipacker for Foodplots", he said I could "USE" it until he needed it.:thrwrck: He hasnt planted a thing for atleast 15years. So I doubt I will have to give this thing up but dang I wish he would just let me have these so I could make some $$ on one of them. But this cost about $20 in some bolts and time. I had to make new Oak bushings for it, but for the small amount of use it will get from me it should last.

http://iowawhitetail.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=94&pictureid=1828


PS I figure this thing weighs somewhere around 200+ lbs.

bowhuntr311
08-26-2009, 05:44 PM
Nice, beat me to update an old post by 3min.

Looks like Mike's cultipacker has the same WOOD bushings as mine. Im guessing that one probably had two wings that looks just like mine.

hillrunner
08-26-2009, 06:21 PM
picked this up at a farm sale for $150 this summer. I also saw one with wood bushings sell on auction for $130 a few days ago .
http://iowawhitetail.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=193&pictureid=1829

dbltree
08-26-2009, 09:49 PM
Looks like Mike's cultipacker has the same WOOD bushings as mine. Im guessing that one probably had two wings that looks just like mine. <!-- / message --><!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: ad_showthread_firstpost_sig --><!-- END TEMPLATE: ad_showthread_firstpost_sig --><!-- sig -->

I think he made his out of some red oak..ought to work just fine!

Baranx4
01-23-2010, 09:49 AM
I picked up a double row 9 foot cultipacker this winter for $250.00. Found it on craigs list. Looks similiar to the one posted on page two of this thread. No this isn't the one I purchased just pasted the photo to show the style.

http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e288/dbltree/DoublePacker.jpg

dbltree
01-23-2010, 05:17 PM
What a sweet deal! I'm jelaous!:)

Baranx4
01-23-2010, 05:28 PM
What a sweet deal! I'm jelaous!:)

Don't know if it is a sweet deal, there was a single row cultipacker listed for $200.00 at the same time so the deals are out there. I ended up putting almost 6 hrs of seat time in the truck picking it up. I now find that I check craigs list every couple of days to see what's new. I bet if I checked the Iowa site there would be a cultipacker for sale somewhere.

brokentines
08-15-2010, 07:15 AM
Just bought a 9 footer at a farm auction where I live for $100. There was also a 4 footer and two more 9 footers for sale at this auction. I figure I will try to sell the one I bought or split it into 2 for atvs.:way:

ironwood
08-15-2010, 08:36 AM
I have two wings, 3 foot i think, I would part with for a single 6 to 9 footer. If anybody is looking for a trade.

Critter
08-15-2010, 02:00 PM
I'm looking for a 5 or 6 footer if anyone knows of any available.......Southeast or East Central Iowa.

dtr
08-20-2010, 06:41 AM
I recently bought an old 8 footer at an antique farm implement place here in SE Iowa. It is the old wooden bushing type. I bought it for $150 and for another $100 they put steel bushings in and welded a tongue on it. The old tongue on it was wooden and rotten.

Anyway, they have at least one more that is similar to the one i bought. It's got the shaft, wheels, and a frame. The frame isn't currently attached. You could probably cut the shaft to whatever length you wanted and make a smaller frame.

These things are hard to find. I asked every farmer i ran across this summer if they had one. Most didn't have one but the ones that had them didn't want to sell.

PM me if you'd like more info on where i got mine.