single row potato digger - Homesteading Today
You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of Homesteading Today!    
Homesteading Today

Go Back   Homesteading Today > Country Living Forums > Shop Talk

Shop Talk Get your mechanical questions answered here!

LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 12/11/11, 12:48 PM
Registered Users
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: west virginia
Posts: 21
single row potato digger

Any one out there have any plans on a single row potato digger. I need to build one I can pull with an 8N Ford. Or I would like to buy an old horse drawn one. any ideas would be of help thank you Donnie
Reply With Quote
Old 12/11/11, 01:17 PM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 1,868
i saw agg plans a few decades ago, basically a flat plate ,angled upward at rear, that cut the earth below the potato and lifted them upward. the plate had round rods welded at rear to form tines that continue to lift potatoes upward while allowing soil to fall between the tines. the plate had uprights that formed a three point hitch.

then most people use a sub soiler shank with a middle buster point attached.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/11/11, 02:39 PM
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Zone 7
Posts: 10,659
study this one,2134894.story
If they can do it,
you know you can!

Last edited by agmantoo; 12/11/11 at 02:47 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/11/11, 03:09 PM
In Remembrance
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: South Central Kansas
Posts: 11,076
From watching the video I think the Jones digger should be a few inches wider and also somewhat longer, possibly just with longer tines but for sure have them longer.

I wonder too if the tines couldn't have a bit of a concave feature for about the last foot of length of them to sort of move the potatoes into a narrower row for even easier pick up? Couldn't be much or the potatoes might bruise against each other.

Good basic design though. Pulls pretty tough as evidenced how quickly the tractor stops when clutched. Noticed a tire spin at least once too, maybe on start up with the digger still in the ground.

Easy enough to make. Think I have an old 5 foot undercutter implement blade just begging to be made into one.

Undercutter shown here with vee blades. Image from Google Images.

Should add---no, I don't have any plans bookmarked.
My family---bEI

Last edited by Windy in Kansas; 12/11/11 at 03:12 PM.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/11/11, 03:47 PM
In Remembrance
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: South Central Kansas
Posts: 11,076
Willsie Equipment sells digger chain if you are looking at building a chain type of unit.
My family---bEI
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:18 PM.
Contact Us - Homesteading Today - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top - ©Carbon Media Group Agriculture