No Till on a budget....

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  1. Sligh1

    Sligh1 Administrator Staff Member

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    The one thing I should put in here is my cultimulcher with the drag tines that I’ve used many times in no till settings.
    Here’s a few items, if u have tractor (like the deere could probably be pulled with a little ford tractor I bet) that are pulled with 50hp MFWD tractor with ease.
    Here’s the key on a “minimal till drill”.... clearly they lack no till coulters but they are simple, cheap and work fine... it forces a guy to not make the mistake of going too deep. Can do: brassicas, clovers/alfalfa, most cereal grains, switchgrass, you name it. Can’t do beans very effectively if there’s trash - need true no till. But - for food plotters & seed that doesn’t need depth - will do majority.
    This old deere has 2 seed boxes (important) & was “free”!! I put about $500 into it going over the whole thing in busted parts, making a few, gears, chain, cylinder, etc. can find these all day long for free or in hundreds if u take time.

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    Here’s an old case. Again, 2 boxes. The raising & lowering make no sense but does work fine & can slowly travel. I planted everything known to man with this drill. Traded about $1k in other stuff for it. Worth about that - maybe a grand. Maybe scrap price. Works fantastic. About $200-300 in parts. Used it to seed switch & alfalfa, etc & works great!!!
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    Got this no till tye drill. 3 pt, 2 boxes. Needed a day of work & $200 in parts. Does a fine job. I think I’m around $1k into this. No tilled my DBLTREE mix into tiny eaten down bean plots with it in handy locations. It’s a little heavy cause 3 point but not bad. Cheap & works great!!!

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    Junky drills are fine if u buy them for peanuts & budget up to $1k to rebuild & do most on ur own. Most drills - u can find parts or have any shop make parts for them - they are Simple & any welder can make most parts. Just plan on $1k for tires, hoses/cylinder, bearings, chains, gears & plan on a day of taking apart, cleaning, etc. IMO- most guys could find a min till drill, get it to do 75% of their plots & seeding & be under $1500 “field ready”. Having a basic cheap 2nd drill in case something breaks down is very handy as well & utilized countless times.


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    You sure do make good informative posts sir!!
     
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    Hey skip I got a old tye drill as well. It works great. Did u calibrate it or does it have a seed chart? Mine does not and would love to see the factory chart if u have one. Thanks
     
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    I’ll look. I haven’t used the chart. Kinda just adjusted it till it was seeding right. U can often google the seed charts on different drills though. Might try ur model # & google it with “tye, xyz model, drill, seed chart” or whatever. Bet u find it. I’ll look at mine next time I’m by it.
     
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    That Tye drill would look good behind my MF. Are you selling these?
     
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    Ha. No. U can find em. Might just take time. Look at farm houses where stuff sitting around, Craigslist & auctions. They go cheap.
     
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    I started with a VanBrunt (Same as deer) trip lever grain drill. It’s pretty easy to cut one in half, I made a 6 ft out of a 12 ft grain drill. These can be pulled with a ATV or UTV easily. These were bringing about $600 at the time on craigslist. It did a great job for me. Look for one with the small seed box. Here’s a link I found for anyone wanting to see one in action:
     
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