As it turns out, my obsolete breaking plow is actually not that old. Compared to some of my other equipment, it is quite modern. I still have a horse drawn two-disc drag breaking plow, a single moldboard walk behind breaking plow, a horse drawn sulky rake, sickle mower, cotton stalk cutter, go-devil, and several other reliable and time honored implements just waiting to again go to the field – if I had a horse.
I gave up on replacement parts, and I broke out my welding equipment and commenced plow repairs. After welding on patches, and hard-surfacing the cutting tips, the old plow again ripped the hardpan and rolled over the stubborn soil like it still had factory paint on it. After about four days of dragging it back and forth across my field, I feel like it will probably outlast this old farmer with his obsolete and outdated ways.
Hmmm. Maybe someone could “weld” a few patches on me. …
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to email@example.com.