Spring Tillage and Deep Ripping
For the farmers that have to do tillage work, especially when the ground is hard, an under powered tractor is the last problem anyone wants. Although annual tillage can help mix nutrients in the soil, combat compacted soil, conserve soil moisture, and help in other ways, it can also cost a lot of time and fuel to complete the job.
Bogging down, running slow, struggling to climb hills, and other complaints are often made during tillage work. Which is why it is important to understand how much power you need to complete the task. Of course there are many factors when figuring out a horse power formula for sizing a ripper or chisel plow. Variables such as, target ground speed, desired depth, the type of shank and especially shank spacing will make a difference.