Techniques for Setting Up a Ford Tractor Plow

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The setting up process of a Ford tractor plough is basically the same as most all garden ploughs. Ford recommends to set up the plough to disc no deeper than 5 inches. The plough is designed to dig into the ground as the tractor is pulling the plough. Once the plough has been properly adjusted, it will be able to dig into the ground at the proper level and turn the dirt away from the ploughed area. If the Ford tractor plough is not set up correctly, the plough will not disc the ground properly.

Measuring the Width

Measure the entire width of the plough with a measuring tape. The proper plough disc depth setting is according to the width of the entire plough. The plough disc setting should be a 1/2 inch for every foot. If the plough is 8 feet wide, the proper plough disc depth setting should be 4 inches. If the plough width is 10 feet long, the proper plough disc depth setting should be 5 inches. Hook the plough up to the Ford tractor by backing the tractor straight up to the front of the plough. Connect the three-point hitch of the plough to the three-point hitch on the back of the tractor.

Proper Distance From the Ground

Crank the tractor up and raise the plough completely off of the ground. Place two 4 or 5-inch wooden blocks behind each rear tractor tire; determine which size wooden block by the width of the plough. Back the tractor up onto the wooden blocks. Hold the brake pedal down and turn the engine off. Leave the transmission in reverse to prevent the tractor from rolling off of the blocks. Apply the parking brake if applicable.

Setting the Plow

Lower the plough until it stops moving. The plough should stop lowering when it reaches 4 or 5 inches away from the ground depending on the size of the wooden blocks. Inspect the plough to make sure that the entire plough is either 4 or 5 inches off of the ground and level.

Adjusting the Plow Discs

Adjust the middle adjustable arm that connects the tractor to the plough, with the adjustment wrench or pipe wrench, until the front and rear of the plough discs are touching the ground. Once the discs are touching the ground from the 4 to 5 inch distance, the discs will be properly set to dig 4 to 5 inches into the ground once the tractor is off of the wooden blocks.

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