Many people from various parts of the country have their own way of adjusting and using the plough “what we call common practises”, without taking into cognisance the negative effects these practices have on the plough.
Some people have been known to remove the drawbar on the hitch assembly and use the plough without it.
NB: This is not the proper way to use the plough!!!
Let’s look at the sequence of adjustments for optimum performance and output of your plough:
Let’s start off with the adjustments which every farmer needs to practise and apply before going onto the field:
Tighten all Fasteners
- The plough is assembled by fasteners to enable you to make the adjustments yourself (DIY) throughout the plough.
- A standard size spanner is provided with every plough you purchase and can adjust 85% of the bolts on the plough.
Replace worn out parts
Make sure you replace all worn out parts of YOUR plough before you go onto the field for;
- safety reasons
- maintenance of the plough
- good performance.
Let’s move on to the next set of adjustments
When on the field the following are mandatory for optimum performance:
- Raise up the wheel arm assembly so that it does not touch the ground.
- Adjust the adjusting bar for depth, e.g. pull the adjusting bar up for greater depth, for minimum depth the opposite is true.
- Adjust the adjusting bar again for width, to the left or right, e.g. for maximum width move the adjusting bar towards the ploughed land along the regulator and do the opposite for minimum width.
- Attach the chain (recommended is 2.5m) to the drawbar and do a test run.
- When the required depth and width are attained then lower the wheel arm assembly to touch the soil for uniform ploughing.