Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > D-I-Y Projects
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-11-2017, 04:46 PM   #1
Dusty Britches
Pope & Young
 
Dusty Britches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cameron & College Station
Thumbs up Cheap ATV drag

My son wanted to put in a new food plot so about 3 weeks ago, he sprayed an area with round up. Then he thought about renting a tiller because the plot is not accessible to my tractor. After looking into the cost to rent ($150 for the weekend and knowing he only needed it for a few hours), he came up with this idea.

He took an 8' 4x6, cut it in half, and pre-drilled holes on the 4" side to hold 8" spikes (nails). The pre drilling made driving the spikes much easier.

Then he ran three 3' all thread to connect the two 4x6's. He put eye bolts, again, all of the way through the leader board and fastened 3/8" chain.

Then he drove the spikes in. I'll post pics in a few minutes. He said he cost was $60, but he already had the all thread and chain. It worked great!

Last edited by Dusty Britches; 09-11-2017 at 04:51 PM..
Dusty Britches is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2017, 04:50 PM   #2
Dusty Britches
Pope & Young
 
Dusty Britches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cameron & College Station
Default

The first pic has the spikes up. The second is after he dragged it. He said it works best with added weight toward the front. He also said he had to clean it out as the spikes filled with debris but that was real easy.
Attached Images
  
Dusty Britches is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2017, 04:52 PM   #3
Dusty Britches
Pope & Young
 
Dusty Britches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cameron & College Station
Default

If you look behind the tree on the left, you will see what the area used to look like. Thick with deer peas, goat weed, and bull nettle.
Dusty Britches is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2017, 04:55 PM   #4
hook-n-horns
Four Point
 
hook-n-horns's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Hunt In: Mason, TX
Default

good idea
hook-n-horns is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2017, 04:58 PM   #5
LivinADream
Ten Point
 
LivinADream's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Winnie TX
Hunt In: Winnie, Piqua KS
Default

That looks awesome. Surprised the nails didn't fold over. Best part about it is he can use it again for free vs if he had rented, he'd have to again next year.

Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
LivinADream is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2017, 04:58 PM   #6
BrandonH
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pearland
Default

Wow that's impressive for such a simple drag.
BrandonH is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2017, 11:01 PM   #7
Dusty Britches
Pope & Young
 
Dusty Britches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cameron & College Station
Default

I'm pretty sure the round up spray made everything brittle. The spikes are between 1/4" - 1/2" in diameter, so they are pretty stout, and they are sticking out 4".
Dusty Britches is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2017, 11:04 PM   #8
Shinesintx
Ten Point
 
Shinesintx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: North of Dallas
Hunt In: South Franklin County
Default

I'm impressed. I disc'd my 2 acre field last week, didn't gly it....but it didn't look anywhere near as good.
Shinesintx is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2017, 09:36 PM   #9
Pistol
Pope & Young
 
Pistol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Flint, TX
Hunt In: Outside
Default

Good deal, made it work well for such a small area!
Pistol is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2017, 10:59 PM   #10
Big pig
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Cypress, tx
Hunt In: Goliad and Leon Co.
Default

Great idea. I used chain link fence withsome angle iron for weight for years to cover the seed, but never to break the ground.

Gonna be a good plot.

BP
Big pig is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2017, 11:14 PM   #11
32drawlength
Pope & Young
 
32drawlength's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Frisco
Hunt In: Palo Pinto County, Mexia
Default

Great idea
32drawlength is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-18-2017, 04:30 PM   #12
BigYoung
Six Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: St. John Parish,LA
Hunt In: Freestone County TX
Default

Slick, Slick, Slick! Thanks for sharing.
BigYoung is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-19-2017, 09:01 AM   #13
Pistol
Pope & Young
 
Pistol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Flint, TX
Hunt In: Outside
Default

How did he weight it down, especially toward the front?

How big is the area (roughly?) and how long did it take to till? I am sure the round-up helped immensely.
Pistol is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-19-2017, 02:25 PM   #14
MisterSanders
Ten Point
 
MisterSanders's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Chambers Co.
Hunt In: Chambers, Bandera, Batson
Default

.
MisterSanders is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-20-2017, 09:05 AM   #15
texan16
Ten Point
 
texan16's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Fairfield
Hunt In: Freestone/Schleicher Counties
Default

I would have been worried about it not being heavy enough, but it looks like it worked pretty dang good. Cool build and should have a nice little plot......if we ever get some much needed rain.
texan16 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-20-2017, 09:48 AM   #16
jbarr
Ten Point
 
jbarr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Harris County
Hunt In: Hill Country, S. Texas
Default

Area looks good, and great idea.
jbarr is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-20-2017, 01:18 PM   #17
Dusty Britches
Pope & Young
 
Dusty Britches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cameron & College Station
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Pistol View Post
How did he weight it down, especially toward the front?

How big is the area (roughly?) and how long did it take to till? I am sure the round-up helped immensely.
Yes, the round up + 3 weeks was key. Round up was mixed 3-4 oz/ gallon of water.

The area is about 30-40 yards in diameter plus a 5 yard wide finger leading to it.

He weighted it down with a cut RR cross tie, about 50 pounds in weight. You could put a piece of plywood down and top it with 1-2 bags of corn.

It took him about 6 hours to smooth it up, put out seed, then turn it over and drag to cover.

Keep in mind, he had to clean it often as trash built up under it. No amount of weight will keep the drag down with the trash.

Please post pics of your plots!
Dusty Britches is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-20-2017, 04:12 PM   #18
flywise
Pope & Young
 
flywise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Kempner,Tx
Hunt In: Blanco, Nacadoches,NewMexico,Colorado
Default

Great idea
flywise is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-21-2017, 08:12 AM   #19
Pistol
Pope & Young
 
Pistol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Flint, TX
Hunt In: Outside
Default

Sister, I may need to borrow it for some work at my archery club!
Pistol is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-28-2017, 09:00 PM   #20
txstguy
Spike
 
txstguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: League City
Hunt In: anywhere
Default

sweet! guy i know has a similar design with dumb-bell weights/ cinderblock
txstguy is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-30-2017, 07:32 PM   #21
froghunter
Pope & Young
 
froghunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bryan
Hunt In: anywhere
Default

Tracey did y'all have any trouble with the nails bending?
froghunter is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-01-2017, 09:25 AM   #22
Dusty Britches
Pope & Young
 
Dusty Britches's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cameron & College Station
Default

No. This is sandy loam. It doesn't get any traffic other than foot traffic.
Dusty Britches is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-06-2017, 12:18 PM   #23
DEADEYE1
Ten Point
 
DEADEYE1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Cypress Texas
Hunt In: Colorado county
Default

A piece of 6 foot chain link fence works like a champ. Cheap and been doing that for years
DEADEYE1 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-06-2017, 02:06 PM   #24
Texguy02
Spike
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Default

Thats cool and hey, if it works it works. Doesnt have to be fancy or costly to get the job done
Texguy02 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-07-2017, 09:47 PM   #25
Mike
Ten Point
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Orange, Texas
Default

I built one very similar to use at the ball park infield. I made a wood frame, predrilled the 2x6 runners and put 20 of the 6" nails per board, then put a cap 2x6 on top to keep the nails in the board. Works like a champ, definitely a 2 person job for quicker work. The trash/debris builds up quick under there. One pulling and another in good drop spot to flip it, pull the weeds out and flip it back over.
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 10-07-2017, 09:54 PM   #26
RascalArms
Pope & Young
 
RascalArms's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Forney, TX
Hunt In: Schleicher County
Default

Impressive
RascalArms is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

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

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com