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Old 04-07-2021, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Best way to fix hog ruts?

Have been doing a combination of box blade and back blading but it tears up the area even more.

Thinking on building a chain link drag with weights for the minor spots.
Anything better I should consider.
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:21 PM   #2
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heavy drag should smooth it out pretty good. I about to have to drag our pastures do the hogs.
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:22 PM   #3
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Old electrical pole drag
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:24 PM   #4
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Shoot the piggies often.
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:29 PM   #5
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Shoot the piggies often.
I do when I am out there every other week or so.
Not nearly enough to make a dent.

Have three traps wired open and will set those suckers next trip.
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:34 PM   #6
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Depends on soil. If you have a heavy clay, you pretty much have to disc it and drag it with a chain harrow or homemade pipe drag. If you have a soft sandy soil, sometimes a heavy chain drag harrow will work without disking.
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:40 PM   #7
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Google Harley Rake or powered landscape rake. Game Changer
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:53 PM   #8
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Google Harley Rake or powered landscape rake. Game Changer
Oh my goodness. I just wasted way too much time watching a harley rake on youtube. That is AMAZING.

I think that I want to quit my job, purchase a harley rake, and level out the ground for anyone that'll hire me!
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Old 04-07-2021, 02:58 PM   #9
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5 tires attached by chains...works great.
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Old 04-07-2021, 03:06 PM   #10
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Google Harley Rake or powered landscape rake. Game Changer
Our pigs would come right behind us and make a deeper hole if we used that thing.
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Old 04-07-2021, 03:34 PM   #11
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Oh my goodness. I just wasted way too much time watching a harley rake on youtube. That is AMAZING.

I think that I want to quit my job, purchase a harley rake, and level out the ground for anyone that'll hire me!
Slick for sure but out of my $$$$ range.
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Old 04-07-2021, 03:43 PM   #12
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I remember seeing someone here I think (tbh) that had a set of disc then a drag/ibeam or something like that hooked up behind the disc to smooth the ground out. A couple of farmers I know say they disc the ground then use a stage to smooth the ground.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:11 PM   #13
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We have an Armstrong Ag heave drag as well as a landscape rake. I think the heavy drag is faster and does just as well.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:41 PM   #14
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A friend of mine has a drag made out of 3 3' sections of railroad tracks chained together. Works a lot better than I expected, but you don't just pull that with a 4 wheeler.
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Old 04-07-2021, 04:46 PM   #15
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Cut down the biggest cedar you can drag behind a SxS or tractor. Just drag it around in all directions. I have tried everything and have better result with a cedar tree. Drag in the direction the dirt is routed in first to drag the dirt back in the routine. Lift the cut end of the tree off the ground, or it will cut ruts in the ground dragging it. I just spread 8 yards of dirt in my yard from hogs.

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Old 04-08-2021, 03:39 PM   #16
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Had a patient that said he made something to smooth rooted areas.

Have not seen him since before kungflu started

He was going to bring pictures, described a type of drag implement.

Must have been big and heavy because he said it needed a 100hp or more to pull

Disc with drag or roller packer pulled behind should help
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:43 PM   #17
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I always just disced and dragged the bomb craters. The little rooting can be cleaned up with a tractor bucket.
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Old 04-08-2021, 03:52 PM   #18
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We pretty much have to disc, Aerway or tiller the spots then drag over it several times. Up here we have sandy soild but grass clumps are so bad that you have to break them up good to be able to feather it.

I would love to have a harley rake for my skid steer.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:57 AM   #19
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Appreciate all the info.

We have a mixture depending on the area. Some sandy and some clay.

Plenty of ideas to think on.

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Old 04-09-2021, 11:01 PM   #20
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This:



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Old 04-10-2021, 02:24 PM   #21
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Disc and drag. And then put up expensive hog fence.
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Old 04-10-2021, 02:50 PM   #22
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3pt tiller behind a tractor
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Old 04-10-2021, 08:53 PM   #23
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Kill the hogs and bury them in the ruts.
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:24 PM   #24
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5 tires attached by chains...works great.
Yep. Tires bolted together in a pyramid and a piece of chain to drag it with. Can make it as small or big as you want.

For smaller spots, the ol cedar tree mentioned above works quite well! Did this on a tore up spot the other day and smoothed it rite up!
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Old 04-10-2021, 09:28 PM   #25
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Leave the rims in those tires, pour some concrete in them
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Old 04-11-2021, 07:18 PM   #26
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Kill the hogs
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:36 PM   #27
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I used my box blade with shanks to evenly dig it up, then drug a piece of chain link fence around with cinder blocks to weigh it down. It has a landscape timber wired to the back end to keep the blocks on the fence if I get to going too fast. It does a good job.

I've got to build a hog trap so I don't have to keep doing this over and over....
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Old 04-11-2021, 10:00 PM   #28
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We have welded pipe drag that has vertical bars to lay a couple railroad ties in for added weight. It resembles a cattle guard, close to the same size. Seems to knock down the dirt piles and smooth out the ruts. Pull with chain behind 80hp tractor in 4x4. It’s heavy!
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