ATV based food plot ploughs, while indispensable to deer hunters, can be prohibitively expensive to invest in. In the case of hunters with smaller lots, it just doesn't make sense to invest in a large, trailer based pull-behind disc harrow to plough up small areas. For hunters with large-displacement ATV's, however, the solution presents itself: Build your own plough.
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Things you need
- MiG welder
- Metal saw
- Eye protection
- Six harrow-type cultivating discs (available at farm supply stores)
- Tubing bender
- Three feet of two inch heavy gauge steel pipe
- Two feet of heavy gauge steel pipe which fits around the outside diameter of the above pipe
- Two inch receiver adjustable height ball mount hitch
- Two split-ring two-inch hangers, ductile iron or steel
- Welding helmet
- Welding goggles
- Welder's gloves
Use the tubing bender to make a 20 degree bend in the middle of the three-foot length of steel pipe.
Weld the bent pipe at its centre point to the bottom of the receiver hitch adjustment arm, taking care to ensure that there is enough clearance for the tires on either side. If there isn't enough clearance, trim the pipe to fit.
Cut three inch sections of pipe to slide over the bent pipe, then slide one onto each side and weld these into place against the pipe and the trailer hitch adjustment arm. Complete the welding of the adjustment arm so that it is tight and strong, but do not weld the adjustment arm to the receiver hitch. It needs to remain adjustable.
Install the discs, one at a time, spaced with three inch lengths of pipe. Ensure that the discs do not make contact with the ATV tires or undercarriage.
Cap the ends of the bent pipe on each side with a split ring two inch hanger on each side. For additional safety, drill a hole through the centre of the bent pipe beside the split ring hanger and install a cottar pin or bolt and nut.
Tips and warnings
- Use a jack to lift the rear of the ATV when installing the plough in the field. The harrow discs will have to press at least three to four inches into the ground in order to plough properly.
- Wear welding goggles, helmet and gloves when welding. Wear safety glasses when cutting metal.
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