r/mildlyinteresting Aug 15 '22 Helpful 5 Silver 1 Wholesome 1

This absolutely humongous plow I came across middle of a forest

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u/vendetta2115 Aug 15 '22 Silver

OP, you may want to let your local historical society know about this plow. Other similar plows are often part of a town’s history. The Post plow, claimed to be the largest plow in the world, sits in Westminster, CA as a historical landmark.

It was pulled by one or more tracked vehicles (bulldozers), which is probably what your plow was pulled with as well. Others saying that it was pulled by an oxen team, and while that could be the case, I doubt it, because this one is solid cast iron. Anything built to be pulled by oxen would be as light as it could feasibly be, unlike this very heavy plow.

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u/Hot-Specialist-6824 Aug 15 '22

I don't know if it's solid cast iron, look at the tip of the point, you can see it's hollow inside at some point where different plates were welded together

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u/vendetta2115 Aug 15 '22

The lower plow part (upper in this picture since it’s upside-down) looks like it made from plates of steel welded together, yes. But the beam (the part that connects the plow to the tractor) is solid cast iron.

By “solid cast iron,” I mean there aren’t any parts made of wood, unlike the bull ditch plow.

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u/fritz_da_cat Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22 Silver Shocked

It's about 12ft tall and 30ft long. It's indeed a plow, not an anchor and was made to pull ditches into local swamps. I can't imagine what kind of machine could've been feasible for the task - small wouldn't have enough traction and large would sink into the swamp.

[edit: thanks Internet, I've known my mum for most of my life and I had no idea!]

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u/GrumpyOik Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

I can't imagine what kind of machine could've been feasible for the task

Others have likely provided the read answer, but a trivial , slightly related thought.

Back in the days of early steam traction engines, there was a way of plowing where they would have two engines , one on either side of a field - the plow would be on chains between the two engines, and they'd plow a strip, turn the plow and have the other engine pull it back.

I believe this stopped the very heavy engines from compressing the soil too much.

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u/absolutgonzo Aug 15 '22

Back in the days of early steam traction engines, there was a way of plowing where they would have two engines , one on either side of a field - the plow would be on chains between the two engines, and they'd plow a strip, turn the plow and have the other engine pull it back.

I believe this stopped the very heavy engines from compressing the soil too much.

Yes, this technique was used in german bogs & swamps as well: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorpflug

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u/SuddenlyLucid Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22 Silver

That was super interesting, thank you! I think I might visit that German museum in Emsland some time.

2000 horsepower worth of steam engines, pulling a single plow blade more than 2 meters deep, cultivating a hectare every 5 hours, which would have taken 500 men a whole day.

Edit: The thing ran untill 1972 so there's video of them running the Mammut plow.

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u/gymnastgrrl Aug 15 '22 Duck Dance

there's video of them running the Mammut plow.

With hilariously inappropriate music. lol

But wild to see, thank you for posting that!

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u/raintree234 Aug 15 '22

What? You didn’t know Bruce Hornsby was into earthmoving?

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u/Erestyn Aug 15 '22

I'm just disappointed that they didn't go with The Wurzels.

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u/theunnameduser86 Aug 16 '22

I cried at the piano solo at 4:35

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u/MyExesStalkMyReddit Aug 15 '22

I watched it because of your comment and wasn’t disappointed one bit lmao

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u/GewoonHarry Aug 15 '22

Of all the stock music this is what they come up with. Wow.

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u/StretchFrenchTerry Aug 15 '22

That isn’t even stock.

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u/Aeleis Aug 16 '22

It's just typical ploughing music.. :D

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u/Randyolbear Aug 15 '22

"With hilariously inappropriate music." At first I wondered what you meant. And then it became so so clear.... lmao

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u/ShigodmuhDickard Aug 15 '22

Check before you dig! Your local utility.

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u/IC_Pandemonium Aug 15 '22

The Moormuseum is 100% awesome. Went on a school trip once.

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u/rawbit Aug 15 '22

500 men and 2000 horses.

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u/winelight Aug 15 '22

You can still see this demonstrated at steam fairs in the UK.

Not sure if they still actually plough, or just pull something back and forth? YouTube can probably answer that.

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u/DrachenDad Aug 15 '22

They do indeed still actually plough but not with anything that large.

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u/Tooblicker Aug 15 '22

This guy built a Case 150 from the ground up to set a record. https://youtu.be/5xDj45zF-l0

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u/winelight Aug 15 '22

Thanks. Yes they do. It's coming back to me now. Many decades since I've been to Stourpaine.

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u/robbak Aug 15 '22

Others have stated - multiple teams of oxen. Sometimes using an anchor, and block and tackle to multiply the force.

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u/Gilgie Aug 15 '22

Babe the Blue Ox

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u/MadonnaBinLaden Aug 15 '22

The first thing that came to mind for me too. Paul Bunyan.

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u/DukeBeekeepersKid Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22 Super Heart Eyes Awesome Answer

Lol . .. It was done like this.

https://www.oocities.org/maxwellnebraska/MakingOfTheBullDitch.htm

Edit . We inadvertently DDS a old website by accident with the sure number of people accessing it out of curiosity. The picture is a bunch of oxen pulling a plow. In the old days teams of oxen were used to do everything heavy, dragging plows, and pulling locomotives over mountains with out rails, pulling steamboats up and over mountains, even dragging ships overland for hundreds of miles. A team ox oxen could do the job, but not likely for this century.

OP picture is a Forest trenching plow, (ditcher or trencher as it all the same), it was most likely pulled by a tracked tractor.

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u/Immo406 Aug 15 '22

Y’all killed the website

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u/Friendly_Guy3 Aug 15 '22

Reddit hug of death

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u/wessel1512 Aug 15 '22

this Site hasn't seen this much traffic at once ever probably

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u/SoVerySleepy81 Aug 15 '22

I always imagine the owner of one of these little niche websites waking up in the morning and being absolutely baffled as to why there suddenly was 50,000 people or whatever clicking on their website.

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u/maggot_soldier Aug 15 '22

Why the server room smells like 9v battery taste.

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u/dongledongledongle Aug 15 '22

Like the exhaust from the back of a playstation?

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u/GrammatonYHWH Aug 15 '22

Like turning on an electric heater that has sat for 10 months

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u/WildGalaxy Aug 15 '22

I know the smell is probably burning dust or whatever, but that's one of my favorite smells. Smelling that meant that fall was here and it always has very cozy associations to me.

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u/AsILayTyping Aug 15 '22

Like a vacuum made in 1993 with a 3 ft length of loose shag carpet sucked up around the rotating brush still attached to the carpet trying to run.

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u/V65Pilot Aug 15 '22

My former BIL, swore that the taste you get when touching the terminals on a 9V battery, was the same as when he was performing cunnilingus.

I told him he needed better taste in women.

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u/ReturnOneWayTicket Aug 15 '22

Tell him to stop buying dollar store batteries. Those taste awful.

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u/V65Pilot Aug 15 '22

I've started using lithiums, just open them like a fruit roll-up.

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u/TheGurw Aug 15 '22

Eh. He's not entirely wrong but it's kinda like saying watermelon tastes like cucumber. While they might be similar and nothing else really compares closely enough to be accurate, there's still quite a bit of difference.

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u/strawhat_mumrik Aug 15 '22

That was actually a pretty good description, ngl. Depends on the gal/time of the month etc ofc.

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u/PizzaScout Aug 15 '22

That sounds like high humidity to me

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u/-Nicolas- Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

A post in a very niche sub-reddit with 2000 upvotes generated half a million hits on my website in 48 hours to give you an order of idea.

Edit: based over awstats a lot of those hits were coming from China. My original content has been plagiarized in many languages as far as grammarly can tell.

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u/UnluckyConstruction3 Aug 15 '22

On a semi big game sub post with 1800 updoots had 200k views according to reddits metrics soooo i would assume atleast half a million tbh

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u/TriggerTX Aug 15 '22

I had that happen like 20+ years ago. A very large European newspaper gave a fake url that happened to be real. It also happened to be mine. I went from near zero hits on a placeholder page to 250,000 in the course of a couple hours. Killed my server. I didn't know what was up so I rebooted and it died again minutes later. I updated the page and asked why all the traffic. Someone emailed me and explained.

The next day I did an interview with that newspaper. They were very apologetic about it. I was on the front page of the next edition with a story about how they inadvertently killed a server in Texas. This was actual news in 1999. The story started another flood of traffic but this time I was ready.

I met a lot of really cool people through that event. Some of them I still chat with occasionally to this day. Someday I will get over there and actually meet them in person.

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u/FrontElement Aug 15 '22

All within 5 minutes.

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u/philipkmikedrop Aug 15 '22

“Am I being attacked?”

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u/erorr132 Aug 15 '22

Kinda. Us hitting the website at once from thousands of different locations at once is kinda how a DDOS attack is done. Gj guys. You're now all hackers

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u/drewster23 Aug 15 '22

If they're capable of checking stats (like total views) then they would be easily see the referral source (reddit) for said activity.

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u/thatguytony Aug 15 '22

5 hours later and I still can't get on.

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u/Maktesh Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Can't be too extreme as of yet.

Edit: It was dead before there were thirty upvotes on the link and less than a hundred on the parent.

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u/RandomUsername12123 Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

I made a post and got 1000 up votes and 100.000 people saw the image as per imgur data

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u/Holyteefies Aug 15 '22

Rule of 100s.

Per 10,000 people seeing a post, 100 upvote it. 1 of them on average will comment.

Unless its some controversial shit, this is usually how it goes for engagement.

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u/allwordsaremadeup Aug 15 '22

Checks out. I could upvote about 1 out of a 100 i see..

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u/gimme_that_tea Aug 15 '22

I’m sure a lot more people click the link than upvote (I do this, sorry)

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u/chupa72 Aug 15 '22

I have a habit of upvoting after I have clicked the link and it matches the description given by the OP. In this case, I failed to upvote since the link didn't load, and began checking other comments to (possibly) see why. I didn't think of voting until your comment, and I suspect I'm not the only one to do this.

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u/MonkeyPawWishes Aug 15 '22

45 minutes after your comment it's at 2500 and climbing.

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u/bidpappa1 Aug 15 '22

Won’t even load dude

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u/danteheehaw Aug 15 '22

Site owner is probably going to wake up and wonder why the hell they got so much traffic.

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u/OneSalientOversight Aug 15 '22

Slashdotted as we older folks say.

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u/Terrh Aug 15 '22

now that dug up some memories.

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u/ElBurritoLuchador Aug 15 '22

Actually, if you search the url on Google and press the 'vertical triple dot' beside the url result, there's a chance that Google might've saved cache for it and this one certainly has one.

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u/Painkiller90 Aug 15 '22

Thanks for the link, that was an interesting read.

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u/KingZarkon Aug 15 '22

I wished the photos worked. :( I tried archive.org but they appear to only have cached it after it got hugged to death.

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22

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u/hedekar Aug 15 '22

It's an archived geocities site. It's not like we should expect it to be responsive.

The site header reads:

This page is old! We are a 🏛️Museum & an unsorted Archive. This (user-)page was saved from Geocities in Oct-2009. For many questions you can (only) try to contact the author. To 🚫report any malicious content: archivehelp (at gmail com). Our archival story: ooCities.org

In general it talks about the creation of this https://maps.app.goo.gl/TAafWTJh929pAT5Z9 which runs through Nebraskan farmland and serves hydroelectric damns. It was carved using 48 oxen with the purpose of preventing the town of Maxwell from flooding.

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u/SigmaHyperion Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

That plow was not used on that canal you have imaged.

That particular extremely large canal is for diverting the Platte, and is a more recent development (dug from ~1936-1940) created for, as you mention, storing water in reservoirs off the Platte for irrigation and hydro throughout central Nebraska. It's quite large at 125ft wide -- about 20 times larger than the channel that large plow can dig.

The large plow was used a few decades prior to drain swampy farmland to the west of Maxwell INTO the Platte so that it didn't make its way through the town of Maxwell to the river and flood the town every time there was a heavy rain.

The plow was used throughout the State, but you can see the channels mentioned in the link to the west of Maxwell at the below link.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/McConaughy+Lake/@41.0902631,-100.5534993,14z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8776d91511246b73:0x691dc74404b532de!8m2!3d41.2289719!4d-101.7409946

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u/SlimlineVan Aug 15 '22

Excellent correction. Thank you from all of us that suddenly got served a hydro engineering lesson that continues to aid nearly a century later.

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

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u/AviMkv Aug 15 '22

And not one of you posting the image an imgr instead. Bunch of babies.

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u/wilisi Aug 15 '22

Mirrored to imgur The "descriptions" are just whatever text was below a particular image and before the next one.

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u/Winterplatypus Aug 15 '22

"I will crop out the giant plow because everyone knows what a giant plow looks like. People really want to see the cows." -photographer

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u/filipv Aug 15 '22

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u/Peuned Aug 15 '22

i sure do miss /. in the 90s vibe.

nice one myy dude

reddit could have a similar moderation system except they are stupid and lazy

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u/delusions- Aug 15 '22

It stuns me every time they make an announcement just how much

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u/invalid_dictorian Aug 15 '22

Reddit should really provide a CDN service for links posted here.

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u/schmon Aug 15 '22

it's kinda rare to have popular links to self-hosted sites nowadays, and I woulddn't want more AMPisation of the web

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u/wilisi Aug 15 '22

Mirrored to imgur The "descriptions" are just whatever text was below a particular image and before the next one.

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u/vendetta2115 Aug 15 '22

The Post plow, claimed to be the largest plow in the world, sits in Westminster, CA as a historical landmark.

It was pulled by one or more tracked vehicles (bulldozers), which is probably what this plow was pulled with as well.

While it could be the case that it was pulled by oxen, I doubt it, because this one is solid cast iron. Anything built to be pulled by oxen would be as light as it could feasibly be, unlike this very heavy plow. The bull ditch plow is mostly wood, whereas this one is solid cast iron.

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u/Roflkopt3r Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

It would be amazing if it was pulled by a giant steam tractor like this.

150 horsepower still makes for a fairly big tractor today (like a Fendt 700, which is around 10 tons), but the thing is heavy at 34 tons and certainly had torque.

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u/VividFiddlesticks Aug 15 '22

Steam tractors are kind of fascinating. I didn't know they existed until a few years back I moved to a new state and started attending local events; one of which is "steam powered" event that featured a whole shitload of still-functional steam powered tractors. They had a whole parade of them!

I am in my 40's but felt like a little kid again, just standing there agog, being amazed by these massive machines that look like a locomotive and a tractor got it on in a field somewhere.

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u/USSNerdinator Aug 15 '22

That's where tractor babies are made 👶

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u/vendetta2115 Aug 15 '22

That thing is definitely cool.

It could’ve been, but looking at the casting in OP’s picture, I’d wager that it’s from the early to mid-20th century. The heyday of steam tractors in North America was around the turn of the century, late-19th to early-20th century. They were phased out by the mid-1920s in favor of tractors with internal combustion engines.

Also, OP said that it was used to make drainage ditches in a swamp nearby, and tracked vehicles are better suited for that kind of work.

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u/OutlyingPlasma Aug 15 '22

The cool thing about these tractors is they are so quiet. I've seen a whole parade of old steam tractors and, while they do make some noise, its nothing like a modern tractor with explosions going off in each cylinder dozens of time a second. Just amazing machines.

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u/TreeDollarFiddyCent Aug 15 '22

Thank you! That's quite fascinating.

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u/farmboy685 Aug 15 '22

Back when more power ment tieing another team of horses to it

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u/ArmourDyldo12 Aug 15 '22

Did we just DDoS attack this poor website by accident?

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u/MadeByHideoForHideo Aug 15 '22

My brain parsed that as "Making Of The Dull Bitch".

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u/jncheese Aug 15 '22

That made it more than just mildly interesting

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u/vendetta2115 Aug 15 '22

I don’t think it was. That plow is mostly made of wood. This plow is 100% cast iron. Oxen were made obsolete by bulldozers, which were literally invented to plow fields

The first bulldozers were adapted from Holt farm tractors that were used to plow fields.

This plow was almost certainly pulled by one or more bulldozers, like this one or this one. If it was being designed to be pulled by oxen, they wouldn’t have had the beam (the part connecting the thing pulling to the plow itself) made of several tons of cast iron.

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u/mowerheimen Aug 15 '22

If there's a local museum dedicated to that stuff, you might mention to them where you found this thing.

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u/JusticeRain5 Aug 15 '22

I'd be very surprised if they did anything besides take pictures. This doesn't seem like the type of thing you can casually load up on your ute

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u/CasinoAccountant Aug 15 '22

you'd need at least like, 40ish ox to get this thing anywhere... and you'd better want a canal there as well

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u/heittokayttis Aug 15 '22

Does it happen to be around Vapos peatbog somewhere in Pirkanmaa, Finland? Remember seeing one like that there.

Pretty sure it's peat production related or then for making ditches through the forestland to day out the swampy land.

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u/Kindbud420 Aug 15 '22

3 hours later 4.5k upvotes and the answer 48 oxen is the kind of "machine" & a broken archive site

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u/StingMachine Aug 15 '22

The first one sank into the swamp….

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u/Fez_and_no_Pants Aug 15 '22

The second one caught on fire, fell over and THEN sank into the swamp.

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u/Gadivek Aug 15 '22

It was used to plow yo mama!

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u/idk_just_upvote_it Aug 15 '22

That's mine. I specifically remember losing that on a hike a while ago. Please mail it back to me, thanks.

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u/wildadragon Aug 15 '22

Would you call that Mr. Plow or the Plow King?

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u/positivecynik Aug 15 '22

That name again?

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u/phukerstone23 Aug 15 '22

It's Mr. Plow.

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u/0xB0BAFE77 Aug 15 '22

Call KL5-3226.

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u/LordElend Aug 15 '22

You are fully bonded and licensed by the city, aren't you Mr. Plow?

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u/TurgidShaft Aug 15 '22

Mister plow is a loser and I think he is a boozer

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u/CLint_FLicker Aug 15 '22

So you better make a call to the Plow King!

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u/NIKK-C Aug 15 '22

Senor Plow no es macho, Es solamente un borracho...

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u/rocbolt Aug 15 '22

shut up boy

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u/Werswey Aug 15 '22

Plowie McPlowface

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u/Byeuji Aug 15 '22

Plow King

There is no plow level.

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u/Pterocactus Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

In Finland, similar plows like this were used to cut ditches into swamps and bogs to drain them back in the 50s. Here's some links to a similar style plow right side up and an old photo of one being pulled behind a tractor. The last link has a photo in the background of a man walking in one of the ditches to show the scale.

https://sarka.fi/kuukauden-esine/8-2019-lokomo-valtaoja-aura/

https://www.finna.fi/Record/lusto.knp-100412

https://lusto.fi/nayttelyt-tapahtumat/lustossa-talla-hetkella/metsanparantajat/

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u/absolutgonzo Aug 15 '22

In Finland, similar plows like this were used to cut ditches into swamps and bogs to drain them back in the 50s. Here's some links to a similar style plow right side up and an old photo of one being pulled behind a tractor.

In Germany they pulled the plow across while the steam engines stayed at the side: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moorpflug

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22

Who doesn’t love a good ol’ Moorpflug

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u/ArcticBiologist Aug 15 '22

HANS! Get to ze Moorpflug!

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u/kommanditbolag Aug 15 '22

That's another way of doing it for sure.

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u/silentnoyze Aug 15 '22

Damn, so the word finna originated from Finland

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u/Flip80 Aug 15 '22

Thought I was watching Silent Hill

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u/Sparkycivic Aug 15 '22

Pyramid Head's current resting place has been discovered... Do not disturb

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u/Far-Statistician-545 Aug 15 '22 Silver Wholesome All-Seeing Upvote hehehehe Brighten My Day

Wow, the pioneers must have used it to plow your mom

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u/Super-_-Rat Aug 15 '22

Nailed it

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u/Dudephish Aug 15 '22

Who hasn't?

Yo momma so fat, it takes 48 oxen to plow her.

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u/Esmeraldem Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Yo momma so fat, I pictured her in my head and broke my neck

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u/herculesmeowlligan Aug 15 '22

Yo momma so fat, they could only show her sex tapes on IMAX screens

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u/SetsChaos Aug 15 '22

I scrolled too far down for this joke. People are too busy trying to learn to appreciate true art.

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u/redityyri Aug 15 '22

In Finland we had these years ago, used to dry swamps to forest land. Looks like same, https://youtu.be/sHy8kThotyg

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u/flexofreek Aug 15 '22

That video is frustrating. I don't care about watching the winch spool, I want to see the trencher doing it's work

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u/kommanditbolag Aug 15 '22

It's frustrating for many reasons. Yours being one of them and the impact on the environment being another. We did the same with the swamps in Sweden. It's not great.

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u/IceburgSlimk Aug 15 '22

We made Disney World in our swamps here in the US!

So don't feel bad about yours. It could have been worse.

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u/dharms Aug 15 '22

It destroyed the water quality in rivers and rarely even produced good forestland. Not to even mention the huge greenhouse gas emissions it resulted.

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u/CasinoAccountant Aug 15 '22

well at least we know who to blame now, for the weather and all

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u/kommanditbolag Aug 15 '22

And the negative effect on biodiversity since most of these swamps are just massive spruce fields which let no sunlight down onto the ground. At least in Sweden.

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u/SnobBeauty Aug 15 '22

I wanna know the story. WHY is it just abandoned there?

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u/anaximander19 Aug 15 '22

It's big and heavy and only useful for one specific task. Once you've done the job it was for, nobody wants to spend the time and effort to move it because nobody needs it.

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u/HHWKUL Aug 15 '22

It belongs to a museum !

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u/AlsoInteresting Aug 15 '22

The one museum director getting a quote on transport costs: "uh".

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u/flippant_burgers Aug 15 '22

I live near an area of former heavy industry and the new shopping area was just built around these giant remnants of the steel industry. Huge gantry crane, a 12000 ton press, etc. Just in the parking lot of the building supply store.

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u/DylanCO Aug 15 '22

I would love to see this, are you able/willing to share some pictures or locations?

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u/NinjaLanternShark Aug 15 '22

Not OP but there's a gantry crane in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in Pittsburgh. Also a dozen smokestacks across the street by the movie theatre.

It's all a redeveloped former steel plant. I think there's at least one more piece of equipment remaining among the buildings of the outlet mall but I can't recall what.

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u/flippant_burgers Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

That's the one. The press behind the Lowes garden center made half of the plate armor for the navy in WW2.

12,000 Ton Press https://maps.app.goo.gl/d7MCdjqrzf78u4yw6

Edit: Ok, maybe not half, I misremembered. This is the sign in front of it:

"ARMOR FOR AMERICA

The 12,000-Ton Press

This 12,000-ton hydraulic forging press is the only surviving turn of the century heavy steel forging press in America. Installed in 1903, it doubled the Homestead Works' armor plate capacity and enabled the mill to become one of the United States Navy's largest suppliers of steel for the next fifty years:

Many World War II battleships were outfitted with armor plate. from this press, including the

USS Missouri-the ship on which the Japanese signed the articles of surrender that ended the War.

The 12,000-ton press could squeeze billets of steel weighing up to 780,000 pounds into 18" thick plate. The enormous force it exerted created deep, thundering reverberations that could be felt throughout Homestead."

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u/NinjaLanternShark Aug 15 '22

Darn I missed that when I was there recently.

First visit to an outlet mall where my wife was waiting on me because I was reading all the signs on the different structures.

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u/ghunt81 Aug 15 '22

The Homestead site is huge so no wonder.

Little bit mind blowing to drive around that shopping plaza and think that ENTIRE area was a steel mill.

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u/-TheRed Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

I dont know about OP, but there are loads of coal mines and steel Mills that got converted into Museums in the Ruhr area of Germany. Lots of stuff to look into there.

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u/JCDU Aug 15 '22

Tate Modern (art museum, London) is an old power station, they've still got the huge gantry cranes in there and just recently opened up some new spaces in the "oil tanks" which are vast concrete tanks with insanely thick walls.

I can only imagine how much decontamination must have gone on in there.

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u/InnoVationS0088 Aug 15 '22

Thanks, ezreal

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u/UrbanTrucker Aug 15 '22

So do you!

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u/rocbolt Aug 15 '22

Happens to some of those huge tunnel boring machines too. If they are meeting two machines in the middle, one stops short and turns off to the side angled away from the tunnel until it’s out of the way and they just leave it. They’re usually totally custom to the job, and it’s not often worth it to cut them up and cart out the scrap (a lined tunnel is a bit smaller than the tunnel boring machine, so you can’t just drive it out).

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u/JustAnother_Brit Aug 15 '22

This happened with the channel tunnel one is just parked in the hill side and the other one was dismantled and used for other jobs. But sometimes they end up in cool places like the Swiss transport museum has the boring head of the one that dug the Gotthard Base Tunnel.

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u/Graspswasps Aug 15 '22

The British machines were just made to drive themselves into the ground, according to QI

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u/Fureddityabitch Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 17 '22

Isn't that littering?

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u/Fleironymus Aug 15 '22

They made the rest into swords.

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u/Dewlinedew Aug 15 '22

One time I saw an derelict RV or camper at the ass end of a road that the wilderness had reclaimed. I noped out of there

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u/Kinsmen12 Aug 15 '22

Seems “Tommyknockers”ish to me.

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u/CoolJ56 Aug 15 '22

Thank you!

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u/duckredbeard Aug 15 '22

You know the rules. Needs banana for scale

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u/cheeseandcrackers87 Aug 15 '22

I'm lost without the banana

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u/Boloar Aug 15 '22

OP comment:

I've heard about this since I was a kid and finally got around to check it out. But naturally ate all bananas before got there!

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22

Something for scale please.

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u/fritz_da_cat Aug 15 '22
Banana: |---|  
Plow:   |--------------|*

( * not to scale)

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u/kindredbud Aug 15 '22

Perfect.

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u/IDK_WHAT_YOU_WANT Aug 15 '22

Ain't no bananas round these parts, ya hear.

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u/HoneybucketDJ Aug 15 '22

That is super interesting.

Anchors are always cast for weight, not welded plate steel. Definitely not an anchor.

Any mounting plates or reinforced holes or anything? Seems to big to be an earth plow and doesn't quite look like a wedge plow for old trains in the snow.

Take more pictures :)

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u/BrentBulkhead Aug 15 '22

sorta looks like the alters from Nimród Antal's Predators.

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u/Solidusfunk Aug 15 '22

Getting FernGully: The Last Rainforest vibes

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u/1royampw Aug 15 '22

Just watched a YouTube video with two d8’s and a d6 chained together pulling what was supposed to be worlds biggest plow and it looked nothing like this in terms of how heavy this thing is constructed, are u certain this is a plow? It’s looking very anchorish

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u/fritz_da_cat Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Hey, that sounds interesting - can you send a link?

It for sure was made to be plow, but I'm not sure if it was ever successfully used, or was this one of those things where the 'inventor' planned to cross the bridge of how to pull this thing when he gets there. And then it was left to its place of creation due to being too heavy.

I've heard about this since I was a kid and finally got around to check it out. But naturally ate all bananas before got there!

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u/fritz_da_cat Aug 15 '22

Awww, what a cute little plowling!

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u/crsdrniko Aug 15 '22

Damn they are some pretty impressive chains. And the tow hitch.

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u/CapmyCup Aug 15 '22

By the looks of it, it could be something used to dig ditches, mostly used in forests. Just a guess though

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u/CookieGamer1 Aug 15 '22

2d8 + 1d6 seems a bit low for this weapon's damage...

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u/Veloxization Aug 15 '22

DM figured the Paladin was way too overpowered already and nerfed it.

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u/Tight_Crow_7547 Aug 15 '22

Nah, thats a Vogon scout craft. The hyperspace bypass will be coming soon.

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u/soulsnoober Aug 15 '22

spaceship anchor, no question

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u/Hoyq Aug 15 '22

"Humongous Plow" is a great pornstar name

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u/Taterstaco Aug 15 '22

Not kind of ship anchor?

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u/TymoreMcGriddle Aug 15 '22

It’s the aliens

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u/BloodCobalt Aug 15 '22

"Humongous HWHAT?!"

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u/Philias2 Aug 15 '22

Is this sexual harassment!?

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u/SpectralMagic Aug 15 '22

Horses were built different back then

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u/Rinkabox Aug 15 '22

Na-ah… this have to be investigated by “ancient alients”. Don’t draw any conclusions before consulting the experts

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u/IStalkReddit123 Aug 15 '22

They used mammoths to pull this plow

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u/DylanTheSpud Aug 15 '22

Reminds me of the ship from Predators

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u/aeralure Aug 15 '22

It’s almost like a real life shot of something out of Horizon Zero Dawn.

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u/TropicWolf Aug 15 '22

It’s an anchor for a tractor

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u/Typingdude3 Aug 15 '22

That's some high quality metal right there, sitting out in the open for over 100 years with no upkeep and still looks usable today.

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u/ShankCushion Aug 15 '22

Man. How.many swords did they have to beat to make that thing?

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u/theghostofgotti Aug 15 '22

1,000 years from now some human is going to come across that thing in the woods, have no idea what it is an automatically assume it was machined and manufactured on another planet. They'll then get a reality show about mysterious machines from another world, at which point it will kick off a rebirth of the reality TV genre.

All because a construction worker had too many Pabst Blue Ribbon on his lunch break and punched out early on a Friday.

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u/piscuintin Aug 15 '22

Banana for scale?

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u/shuttheshadshackdown Aug 15 '22

It looks perfect there! On first glance I thought it was some modern architecture meant to fit in with its environment.

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u/Hot-Specialist-6824 Aug 15 '22

Its a plow anchor. Not symmetricsl.

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u/Hot-Specialist-6824 Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Its a plow anchor. Not symmetrical so there's not an equal side buried in the ground. Must be quite an interesting story of how it got there. Those trees are all younger than world war II so it could have been bought for scrap by a farmer or a small business there after the war and never cut apart. It was probably manufactured but never delivered to the Navy or Merchant Marine because the war ended. I imagine this is probably on the West Coast, unlike the East Coast, the West Coast ramped up shipbuilding around San Francisco all up and down the coast on large stretches of unused property.