We had an excellent crop of potatoes this year and I wanted to find a way to dig them using my little tractor instead of tackling them by hand. I ended up welding some metal rebar to a 16″ cultivator shovel top help lift the potatoes to the surface, and then mounting it onto the 3 point hitch of my tractor using a standard 2″ hitch receiver and an old cultivator shank. The basic steps are to cut around 14-16″ pieces of rebar, weld them to the bottom of the cultivator shovel and then bend them up slightly so it directs the potatoes upward. I had no cut or bruised potatoes. Not the prettiest thing I have built, but it works well.
Some pictures are below:
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