What Is It

old farm equipment
@Marcyaz (35751)
United States
April 22, 2016 7:59am CST
Some time ago while on one of my day trips I saw a sign that said For Sale. Since it looked like old farm equipment and I like taking pictures of old things I took this picture of it. I'm not even sure exactly what it is but it is huge. They had two of these for sale by the side of the road. Does anyone know what this is a picture of?
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@WorDazza (9888)
• Manchester, England
22 Apr 16
I couldn't look at the picture! It was too harrowing!! I'll get me coat!!!!
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
lol A harrow get your coat now and tell me what does a harrow do.
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@MALUSE (38058)
• Germany
23 Apr 16
@Marcyaz Please check my comment above. There's an explanation on what a harrow does.
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• United States
22 Apr 16
Looks like a tiller to me. I'll have to ask my hubby when he gets home.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@ElusiveButterfly I wonder what the difference is between a harrow and a tiller?
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• United States
22 Apr 16
@Marcyaz from what my husband says a harrow levels out soil. A tiller breaks up the soil.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@ElusiveButterfly Good to know as I know nothing about those types of machines.
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@Susan2015 (20186)
• United States
22 Apr 16
It looks like a big mower or tiller for a farm.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@Susan2015 It seems to be a harrow but I wonder what the difference is between that and a tiller.
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@Susan2015 (20186)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@Marcyaz It looks like some of the farm equipment that we see when we go by the farms to go to another city.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@Susan2015 We see a lot of farm equipment on our way out of town also.
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@LadyDuck (147859)
• Switzerland
22 Apr 16
The photo is not very clear, it can be a harrow or a soil plow.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@LadyDuck Well that just means I still don't know what it is. lol I just looked up harrow and that is what it looks like thanks.
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@GardenGerty (96707)
• Marion, Kansas
22 Apr 16
I sure do not know. I live in farm country but I did not grow up here so a harrow and a disk are much the same to me, although I know that they are not.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@GardenGerty I live in farm country to but just moved here recently and I have no idea what the farm equipment is called except for a few items.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
@Marcyaz I've seen people recognizing the Chisel Plow aspect of the equipment though I'd like to add some explanation to the piece. I grew up on a farm and recognise several missing pieces to how this piece is used. It is one of the earlier Hydraulic plows which is why it has the hoses and piston (red cylinder). It allows the farmer to lift the chisel tips which prevented breakdowns and snags. The hopper at the back was used to put bigger rocks and other problems such as vines in. I rode along with my dad on occasion to keep an eye out for the obstacles that prompted the necessity to stop from time to time. Most of the earlier versions and likely this one had metal wheels which were converted to tires as time went on.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
23 Apr 16
@Berniezeitler Thanks so much for the information. So it is a really old piece of farm machinery. I wonder if anyone would want to buy it. I see the red cylinder and had wondered about that.
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• United States
23 Apr 16
@Marcyaz I'm sure a smaller farmer would be interested. I've seen them still in use with older tractors as recently as 2010.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
23 Apr 16
@Berniezeitler Oh okay then maybe it will be sold soon.
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• United States
22 Apr 16
it is some type of tiller I believe.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill What is he difference between a tiller and a harrow?
• United States
23 Apr 16
@Marcyaz I don't know what a harrow is.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
23 Apr 16
@AbbyGreenhill You're not the only one. lol
• United States
22 Apr 16
It is a cultivator chisel which breaks up soil and uproots weeds.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@ElusiveButterfly Thanks your husband must be home now and said that is what it is, that is very interesting.
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• United States
22 Apr 16
@Marcyaz my old farmboy!
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@celticeagle (117267)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Apr 16
Great piece of plowing equipment.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@celticeagle Yep used for plowing or tilling or something, still not sure what.
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@celticeagle (117267)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Apr 16
@Marcyaz ...Used for both.
@fishtiger58 (30371)
• Momence, Illinois
22 Apr 16
It is old and rusty but I have no idea what it is.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@fishtiger58 I think it probably has been sitting out in the rain and got all rusty and is old but I guess it is a harrow.
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@fishtiger58 (30371)
• Momence, Illinois
23 Apr 16
@Marcyaz I should probably know what a harrow is but I don't lol.
@jstory07 (65388)
• Roseburg, Oregon
22 Apr 16
I do not know what it is a picture of.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@jstory07 Seems to be a picture of a harrow whatever that does on the soil.
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• Greece
22 Apr 16
This post could be the beginning of a lot of new post with photos of odd things and asking what they might be. Could be a lot of fun?
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@41Comberdale Road Why don't we all put up post of a photo of some odd things and ask what they are, good idea.
• United States
22 Apr 16
I see that others have said it's a harrow (which I never heard of) and I would have guessed it was some sort of soil tiller
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@Marilynda1225 I looked it up and it does look like a harrow.
@jaboUK (53402)
• United Kingdom
22 Apr 16
I see the others have all said it's a harrow, but I wouldn't have known without seeing a back view of it.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@jaboUK It seems to be a harrow as others have said it is.
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@JohnRoberts (52304)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Apr 16
To plow the field to make ready for seeding.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@JohnRoberts Okay seems it is a harrow whatever that does, I think you are saying it is like a plow.
@scheng1 (24811)
• Singapore
22 Apr 16
i think you can buy it, give it a coat of new paint, and then sell it to the farmers. However, most farmers will already have one!
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@scheng1 I wonder if one is broke down then they would buy a used one wouldn't they?
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@marguicha (90608)
• Chile
22 Apr 16
I didnĀ“t know the word in English, but I found out and yes, it is an old harrow.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
Thanks my friend so now we know it is a harrow.
@VivaLaDani13 (17750)
• Perth, Australia
12 Jun 16
@Marcyaz I have no clue what it is! haha I am probably wrong but maybe it's a mower? I suck with these kinds of things.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
12 Jun 16
@VivaLaDani13 I still am not sure what it is except that it is some type of farm equipment. lol
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@Daljinder (21025)
• India
13 Jun 16
@Marcyaz @VivaLaDani13 I see that others have named the equuipment but didn't describe its use. This equipment is used to turn the soil, loosen it and smoothing it. Turning of soil is one of the steps in the process of preparing the soil for plantation of crops. Turning of soil is necessary for following purposes: 1. Loosening the soil so the roots can have easy and enough space to spread and breath. 2. As previous crop planted here has used up some nutrients of the soil, farmers leave the soil for sometime to let it replenish the nutrients. But sometimes the gap between crop plantation cannot be possible. In such case manure and fertilisers do the trick helping soil replenish lost nutrients. Turning of soil helps here. 3. Loose soil makes it easy for watering of soil. Loose soil absorb water better than hard soil. 4. It is also used to create proper rows for crops to grow. 5. It helps easily plant seeds. As the equipment works on digging rows with its large iron teeth/ claws, the seeds are simultaneously dropped in the rows at equal space through an equipment attached to it. I think this is it. I can't remember more. I do know this because I had to explain the whole chapter on Preparation of soil to one of my student. LOL!
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
14 Jun 16
@Daljinder The farmers here roatate their crops so the soil is usable year after year. Thanks for the explanation.
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@sueznewz2 (9736)
• Alicante, Spain
24 Apr 16
I thought it was a seed drill or dispenser for fields... but a harrow looks more like.... it's a good photo... I like taking photos of old stuff like that too.....
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
24 Apr 16
@sueznewz2 Thanks, I do enjoy taking photos of things, just about anything that looks old to me.
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@marlina (71303)
• Canada
22 Apr 16
It looks like a tiller to me.
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@Marcyaz (35751)
• United States
22 Apr 16
@marlina Interesting a tiller huh I will have to look that up online.