Date

6-2014

Degree Name

BS in Agricultural Systems Management

Department

BioResource and Agricultural Engineering Department

Advisor(s)

Gary Weisenberger

Abstract

This project is an analysis and comparison of a three-point mounted ripper compared to a drawbar pull behind ripper. This will provide Baptista Farms with better insight into which method would better suit their needs. Since there are different situations created by different soil types, ripper shank configuration, soil moisture content, and tractor setup, an in depth analysis is needed. The result of this project will be a hitch method that will provide less tractor wear, while still providing the desired ripper depth and acceptable wheel slip. Also, the project includes a results and discussion section that presents recommendations for a better, more accurate test and a conclusion to which method is recommended for Baptista Farms.

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