Fred Cain Ripper/Field Cultivator
- Bought new in 2014. Used for three seasons.
- I used the ripper for 2 seasons before I bought a chisel plow. It worked quite nicely for the low HP tractor I had at the time (46 HP). Definitely a chisel plow will go a lot deeper, in hard ground. The ripper will go down deep in plowed ground (12" at least!), but if the ground is really compacted, the springs allow it to flex too much to cut deep.
- It works best at maximum speeds. The vibrating shanks have a shattering effect on the ground.
- You can put a variety of teeth on the shanks. Currently it has points for maximum penetration. Before I bought a Perfecta plow, I used the ripper with wide sweeps so there wouldn't be any ground left unripped between the shanks. Also, I could lift it so it only cut a couple inches deep and use it to stale seedbed a field.
- It makes a fabulous wheel track cultivator if you remove all but the outermost shanks and install wide sweeps, as seen in the last photo below.
- 7-shank (I ran it with 5 shanks because I had too much trash)
- Spring-shank has a vibrating effect, lowering horsepower requirement
- Spring-shank protects equipment from damage by rocks. Enables it to be pulled by a large tractor (mine was 89 HP) without worry of damage.
- Shank spacing is adjustable with 4 bolts.
- Everything is pretty much in very good structural/mechanical condition, aside from chipped paint and surface rust on the springs.
- The points definitely need to be replaced (AgriSupply #15511 $2.99/ea http://www.agrisupply.com/field-cultivator-point/p/15511/)