Front and rear ploughing on a John Deere track tractor with Laforge front hitch and electronic control
com: My Father and I back in the 1970's built rollover two way plow's up to 10 bottom, 20 inch cut per bottom plow's pulled behind a tool carrier that could be pulled behind draw bar tractor's. Some of the plow's had swing down packer hitch's to kill two bird's with one pass. Plow's had hydraulic reset's for Rocky ground and could be towed down the road backward's in the half rolled position by a truck at highway speed's.
To reply to some questions as to why, in very wet conditions these crawler type tractor have no grip, just sliding on top of greasy surface. By ploughing in front, one track can ride in the furrow which is drier and provides traction. Not much good for compaction, but you get your field ploughed. A comment was made on how this kills the tractor, which is of course utter nonsense.
Am I the only one who doesn't see any actual advantage to this? And why do you people use reversible plows? Double the number of parts for almost zero advantage. One semi-mounted 8 furrow (or more, given the available horsepower) plow would take half as much time to hook or unhook and save on a bunch of duplicated components besides coming with a radically lower price tag. Since it's on tracks, traction shouldn't be a problem that's significant enough to justify any of this. What's the gain? Not saying there isn't one, but it sure isn't obvious.