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John Deere 581 plow


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Old 08-17-2008, 08:53:17 PM
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Default John Deere 581 plow

Can anyone tell me about this walking plow? It's a left hand model and has a "blade" sticking up on the landside in front of the moldboard. Dad told me most of the ones he's seen through the years have had that piece busted off. I found one in a Google search and it did not have that feature on it.
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Default Re: John Deere 581 plow

Could the blade sticking up be a forrunner of a rolling coulter?

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Default Re: John Deere 581 plow

Good question KD. I'm not sure. Assuming it was used locally, maybe it has something to do with the clay soil in our area. Attached are a couple of pics to help identify it.
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Default Re: John Deere 581 plow

We always referred to it as an alfalfa plow for cutting the roots when plowing alfalfa fields. My husband looked up the proper name in our 1942 John Deere Plow Parts book. The cutter is called a "fin cutter". The rolling coulter was also available. It lists 581 as the part number for the left hand beam. The models were MP12 or MP14 depending on whether it is a 12 or 14" share. Looks like you need a couple of spreaders in the handles - maybe broom handles would work. Other cutters were also available for it.
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Thanks for the education Brenda. I guess the cutter does sort of resemble a shark fin now that you mention it.
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