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Any recommendations on a disc to pull behind a UTV that does a decent job but doesn't break the bank?
The only recommendation I can give is to take whatever money you would spend on an atv disc and use it to rent a tractor or pay someone to disk it up for you. Endless frustration IMO. ATVs lack the power, down pressure, and weight for all but the softest soils. I know many people that have bought them and all were disappointed.
I have had luck with the groundhog max, it takes more time and is hard on your quad. But I have had success making awesome plots.
IMO, Matt brings up one of the biggest negatives about using an ATV/UTV to disc with. I used an atv disc when I first started out foodplotting. It worked, but I would have to stop regularly to let my atv cool down. I know 2 different guys that burned units up, plus several more guys that had experiences similar to mine, when using their atv’s to till with. It can be done, but be aware that it will probably be hard on your rig.
I have a King cutter and it works well. I have a 500cc Honda that I use. I run it in Low and 4x4. I do have to go over the plot at least 2 times to get it ready to pull the harrow draw over it.
Always use Low when pulling!!
Pat makes a good point, except. Renting a tractor/tiller or a disk will set you back a lot more than say a Groundhog Max. Which in my opinion is the only ATV disc that works decent. Plus if you rent you have the same dilemma every time you do plots. That could get expensive quick.
Well, I’m about to jump into this food plot thing. I have a King Kutter disc, it’s 4’ wide. I plan to pull it with a 1000 cc utv.
I found a small 3 ft ATV disk last year that was too good a deal to pass up. It will not replace my tractor and 6 ft disk but I like it for doing trails and small openings in the woods. My tractor spent last summer in the shop so it also served as a back up. I was able to plant two one acre plots with it. You have to put a lot of weight on it and go over at least twice.
I realize I'm going against the grain here but I have a 6' wide two row disc that I've been pulling around with my Arctic Cat 700 EFI ATV for at least 10 years and I've never burned up my ATV. My ATV has a lot of power. I've used it to break up some pretty solid untilled ground and although I've had to make multiple passes it has worked fine. I can adjust the angle/bite of the discs and it has 4 concrete blocks for weight. The softer the soil the more angle I can set on the discs. I'd like to buy a tractor but my ATV has been more than adequate.
I've kind of watched this tread with a lot of curiosity. I use a small implement with four disc on it and I love it. I put a couple of heavy fertilizer sacks on top to add weight and pull behind my 400 rancher locked in fwd. I've done this forever with good results.
I will add a couple of comments. The first time you break soil in a new area is the hardest. It's best to wait until a day or two after a good rain when the soil isn't wet, but somewhat moist. The years that follow get progressively easier.
I just use it for small plots. It's extremely rare if I use it for a plot over an acre in size.
King cutter does just fine don't listen to Pat.
Any ideas for pulling a 3pt hitch disc with a UTV?
My single row 4' disc does extremely well with my Ranger 1000. I'd guess it weighs about 400#. The key is not necessarily more weight, but a low connection point to the utv so you get a downward pulling angle, and going slow so the disc doesn't bounce around. It rips up anything i pull it over in one pass. I can't help with brand recommendations though, as mines homemade. Get a disc, sprayer, and cultipacker and you're in business.
With my small ATV disk one thing that really helps break up the soil is to spray with roundup a couple of weeks ahead of time. This not only kills the plant above ground, but it kills the roots and all the little root hairs that hang on to the soil. This allows your disk to turn soil and not just break up sod.
Also for information I am not planning on trying to break up untilled ground. Just to till a bit on previously broken ground so I'm not looking at major equipment.
I’ve disced a lot of plots over the years with a pull behind disc and 3 cinder blocks.
I pay someone in beer and the diesel it takes to come do it with the tractor now instead of messing with it. It will work, but the results are often lacking and it’s hard on your rig.
This Kunz chisel plow is a high quality work horse for your ATV or UTV . I’ve used one with my Honda Rubicon for the last 13 years.
If it breaks up my rock infested fields here in NE Pa …it’ll breeze thru the Midwest soils.
That said, Troy’s advice is spot on… I wouldn’t use it except on smaller plots and take your time. Break the bank … means something different to every wage earner….. these are 2,700$. I paid $2,000 13 years ago and it was worth every penny.
Everything costs money. I borrowed equipment for a few days last week and I bet I spent $400 in fuel driving around the province borrowing stuff. No rental cost, but fuel ain't free either. So if you think about things from a long term prospective and have to rent plus drive suddenly you could be spending $800/year just in equipment rental/use and don't even own anything vs buying something and leaving it there.
Here's the disc I pull behind my ATV. It's adjustable from having the discs straight in line to having the front and back rows at steep opposite angles to really cut into the soil. I'm lucky, it came with a piece of land I bought.
Old farm disc and 4x4 pickup. Works hood
I used to do the same with my old 87 shortbox. The tight turning radius was great, but I retired it from food plot work and I'm in the process of restoring it. It's almost done.