A harrow is a piece of farming equipment used to break up the surface of the soul and smooth it out. It is typically used after deep tilling is done by a plow to break up big lumps of soil and make it finer soil for planting seeds. Sometimes, harrows do the actual covering of seeds after they have been sown.
Harrows do not create the narrow rows of soil that are often seen in crop fields. Instead, they work the entire top surface of the soil. They are hitched to the rear of tractors and drag behind the tractors. Early versions of harrows were pulled by laborers, horses or mules. There are four types: chain, chain disk, disc and tine (or spike). Each has a specific function that it is best suited to perform.
Tine harrows help to get rid of weeds that threaten to take over crops or to loosen the soil in rows for better watering. This is the harrow that farmers and planters use to condition the soil before and make it finer before planting seeds. The chain harrow is used for work that is typically lighter, like covering seeds that have been planted in soil. Disc harrows are used to plow or break up sod. The chain disk harrow has a disk attached to chains, just as the name implies. It moves fast over the top of the soil, but breaks it up to about an inch deep. If a chain disk is dragged over the soil one time, it is called one pass. In the agricultural world, chain disk harrows are used to distribute dung or break up thatches of grass. Maintenance crews in the sports world also use chain disk harrows to level off playing fields and remove shoe marks. This is especially helpful for football and soccer.
One of the best places to purchase a harrow is the Rome Plow company. With a solid reputation in more than 120 other countries, the Rome harrow suggests quality by name recognition alone. The company offers a wide selection of harrow series to fit almost any need. Hinge-wheel offset disk harrows, for example, were designed by Rome developers to deal with high residue. It is made to do mixing and levels the soil off uniformly because it can be adjusted to control the depth of broken soil hydraulically from the driver’s seat. Operators can change the angle of penetration from 0 to 45 degrees. It also handles trash well because the bearing and spacer assemblies are behind the gang carriers. This particular model comes in four series; AH, BH, CH and ACH.
The larger Heavy-duty Hinge Offset Harrows are similarly reliable for plowing, especially after clearing. These machines are often used to plow wood sites. With a welded, rugged, boxed angle design, the TRH-S series is built to handle heavy jobs. It weighs up to 645 pounds per 32-inche disk blade and can penetrate the soil up to 10 inches. It comes with a drawbar, latch, stabilizer and heavy duty bearing brackets.
With 80 years of history to back its equipment design, it is no surprise the Rome harrow is such a trusted brand. The company was founded in 1932 by Tom Mullen. He soon gained a partner, Jack Lemann, a Caterpillar equipment dealer whose territory was primarily Honduras in Central America. Lemann needed high-quality tilling equipment that his clients could use with Caterpillar tractors.
The two men bought the Towers and Sullivan Plow Company in Rome, Georgia and moved its headquarters to Cedartown, Georgia in 1934. The company’s main focus was to make and market auxiliary equipment for Caterpillar machines. This has kept the company at the forefront of producing tillage equipment that sets rugged quality standards for the entire industry. The vision of Mullen and Lemann to supply harrows that make the process of preparing land a simple one for any type of soil or climate has sustained the company for eight decades.
Internally, the company also has kept its practice of old-fashioned teamwork and “open door policy” as a core values. It is one of many companies that continued to exceed its own expectations by staying as close as possible to operating as a family business. This approach has continued to breed generations of workers who understand age-old expectations for quality and loyalty.
The company entered a new phase of growth in 2010, when Danny and Brenda Dumey of Oran, Missouri bought the company. The Dumeys have long established themselves as entrepreneurs with the same values as the founding partners of Rome Plow. They have owned Brenda Kay Construction, Double D Manufacturing, Brenda Kay Sand and Dumey Contracting – all successful companies in the equipment and building industries. Though the company has changed hands, the Dumeys purchase of Rome Plow are proof that great ideas never die and reliable tillage equipment is made to last.
Article written by Staff Writer
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