View Full Version : working D2s in New Zealand on flats and steep hill country

01-05-2017, 09:46 PM
Love doing this work

Deas Plant.
01-05-2017, 10:15 PM
Nice photos. Thanks for sharing. Now - would it be a rude question to ask, What is the purpose of all this disturbing of the grass and earthworms? If it is not too rude a question, would you please enlighten us?

A kew-ree-yuss mind would like to know.

You have a wonderful day. Best wishes. Deas Plant.

Mike Meyer
01-05-2017, 10:47 PM
Looks like fun to me, thanks for the photo's, I just spent 2 days riding on my D2 5U pulling a 24 plate Ford Napier disc working some ground and it was a lot of fun though those D2 cockpits are not very big for those of us with "normal" legs even with the seat box back as far as she will go, my home farm ground is as flat as a pancake flood irrigation country in a 13" annual rainfall desert.

What part of NZ are you in?

01-05-2017, 11:54 PM
Hi to you two near neighbors first of all the ploughing is with a N Z made plough about a 1930s vintage 4 furrows ploughing 12 inch wide 6inch deep the country is worked around the october period and sown in rape ( brassica for lamb feed when everything else is dry and burnt off) it then grassed in the feb march period in grass for probably 5 to 7 years this farm that iplay on runs abot 4000 sheep and 300 hereford cows Iagre with you mike there is not much room but on steep country you dont slide aroud most of the country is in the30dedree and steeperhave more photos of the 1970s period will post later have been driving these machineson and off for60yrs plus Cheers

Mike Meyer
01-06-2017, 12:38 AM
Look forward to seeing more photo's, I assume there are still quite a few D2's working over your way, they are popular in our sugar cane country up in Queensland.

01-06-2017, 12:39 AM
looks like you have it all going on there

Do you plough back along the other side of the paddock I ask because I cant see any marks were you walk back down for another pass

Looks like fun no matter what you have going on


01-06-2017, 02:07 AM
Looks great! Where was the farm located, and would you mind sharing the serial #s of the tractors. I'm curious if my grandfather's tractor is still extant or has become an iPhone (5U14913). Currently in Timaru "enjoying" the lack of summer...

01-06-2017, 02:08 AM
Hi No we plough round and round sometimes in lands but mainly round and round and i live in Canterbury and the farm is about 50kms nor west of Christchurch

01-06-2017, 02:17 AM
Hi Niell serial No are 10192 and 18106

Garlic Pete
01-06-2017, 07:41 AM
Thanks for posting, and for describing what you're doing and why. It is always interesting to see what people do in other parts of the world. The scenery is outstanding, as are the tractors and plows. Looking forward to more.


01-06-2017, 12:09 PM
Sounds good D2Mova. You must be out Oxford or Glentui way. My cousins dairy farm up in Waiau (interesting new landscape features up that way...). Your lower serial # is a one-piece clutch shaft and the later is a two piece (or even oil clutch). Do you run them regularly and do any PTO work?

01-06-2017, 05:42 PM
Thank you for sharing your fun with the rest of us.I am always interested in how other farmers do things,and maybe more in why things are done the way they are. My only experience on a D2 we had the tool bar blade on as the discing job was only 3 or 4 acres which made it really buck going over berms near the trees in the walnut orchard,as well as being cramped for a 6 foot guy.

Really looking forward to more picture and what and why of your practices.

01-06-2017, 08:10 PM
Hi Neil If you are still in the area i can take to where we do the work the farm has about 35 or so Cats on it in various forms let me Know its only 35 mins from Christchurch Ph No 027403460547 Cheers Peter

01-06-2017, 08:11 PM
Sorry wrong No 0274346547 is the right one

01-06-2017, 08:42 PM
Wow that's very generous of you Peter. Sadly I don't think I'll be able to make it as I have to fly out Monday first thing but I have your contact filed for when I'm down next year - thanks!
(35 or so Caterpillars reminds me of a farmer up in Masterton where I hail from, who has all kinds of gear including the old 3-cyl single axle motor grader. Every hill on the farm has a tractor parked on it, blade chained up, for a quick crash-start getaway : )

Bruce P
01-07-2017, 07:38 AM
Neat country! thanks for posting. As Ray said it's always neat to see how things are done in other parts of the world. Please post some more when you seed it and after it comes up.