Rear Ripper Buying Guide

If you run a farm, one of the must-have attachments is the rear ripper. The equipment helps you loosen the earth in readiness for cultivation. However, finding the perfect rear ripper can be pretty challenging for most farmers. If you need one, read this extract for some tips. 


Your guiding principle when purchasing agricultural equipment should be its durability and functionality. It is challenging to examine the equipment's performance when visiting your local dealer. Therefore, interview some farmers and inquire which companies make durable rear rippers. Moreover, you could read agricultural blogs to get insights on manufacturers that meet your standards and those with additional accreditations. These certifications are awarded to companies whose equipment undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it is functional and can withstand tough conditions at the farm. 

Ripper Features

Below are some of the features to look for in a rear ripper: 

  • What materials does the manufacturer use to make the ripper? Ideally, you want rippers made from strong and durable materials such as chromium-molybdenum steel. These rippers can withstand rugged conditions such as gravel, rocks, and dry clay.
  • Determine whether you need a single or multi-shank ripper. A single-shank ripper has one tooth. It is ideal for small farms. On the other hand, multi-shank rippers come with a varying number of teeth, depending on the size of your farm.
  • Assess whether the ripper is adjustable. It allows you to change the ripping width and height at will. Removable teeth are easy to repair and replace.
  • As a rule, the ripper should be compatible with your tractor's hitch. If not, the manufacturer should provide connecting components.
  • Assess the ripper's weight. Ideally, it should not exceed the tractor's towing ability. Otherwise, you will experience difficulties when using the ripper. 

New Versus Customised Rippers 

New rippers are ideal in that you can use them immediately after purchase. Besides, you will have an easy time comparing prices from different dealers and manufacturers. However, your needs could compel you to go for a customised ripper. For instance, if you have an expansive farm, you could need a wide ripper to reduce the time and fuel used to rip the farm. In this case, you could opt for a customised ripper. When buying a customised ripper, ensure the manufacturer observes the same standards they use when building mass-production rippers. 

When buying a ripper, examine its build quality, features and customisation options. Moreover, compare prices, ask for discounts, free shipping and warranties. 

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With the return of El Nino, this is supposed to be a dry year. I'm hoping that the work we have put into the underground irrigation and extra groundcover is going to pay off in decent yields anyway. It's always been hard to farm in Austraia, but luckily farmers are some of the most flexible and resilient people. We can fix all most anything on our farm and we are always working on the best ways to use the agricultural equipment. It helps to have a great relationship with the local reps as they gives us loads of tips on optimising our machines. This blog is about agricultural equipment and its maintenance.