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(11/1/2013 10:33:39 AM)
RE:Massey plows (ploughs)
You're right about the Ransomes plows - They seem to be very scarce here in the Midwest. A guy brought a Ransomes pull-type several years ago, but wasn't able to get it sorted out enough to be competitive. There are very few 3 pt mounted plows that compete in this match, and Massey plows are well represented. Were the 2 other pictures of your competition's equipment or yours? The M-H 26's look like one I recently picked up in Ontario as well.
The pictures in the first post were taken at a local annual match that has been running since 1895. Proud to say that my great grandfather, an immigrant from Wales, hosted the first one on his farm. The rules are the same as they used back then with horse drawn equipment. Unfortunately the prize money has stayed just about the same as well!
Our lands are set up to be about 137 meters (150 yards) long. Believe me, it looks like a long way from the start point on that first round! Presently, only 2 bottom plows are allowed, with 12" frames plowing 7 full rounds and 14" frames plowing 6 full rounds. We get 3 hours to complete the land, with most competitors taking about 2-2.5 hours. Usually the slower the ground speed, the better.
The picture below is a M-H 26 that has been retrofitted with Kverneland boards. A very competitive combination.
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