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HRA: Ripper / Middle Buster Plow / Subsoiler Plow / Potato Plow

Disclaimer: Designs, specifications, features and information are subject to change without notice.

(23 customer reviews)

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Our Ripper / Middle Buster Plow / Subsoiler Plow / Potato Plow is the perfect sub compact tractor attachment for super deep soil conditioning and installing wire or water lines. The Heavy Hitch Ripper uses Grade 2 bolts that are designed to shear or break if you hit something hard. It is important not to tighten the bolts, you want the shank to have a little play to allow the bolt to break. Also, be sure to leave at least 1 hole space in between the bolts. Learn more about the best ways to use a ripper in our article. This 3 Point Ripper has multiple depth settings and is quick and easy to adjust based on your plowing needs. The 5/8″ Grade 2 bolts provide breakage protection and will sheer if you hit an immovable object.

*Be sure to replace only with grade 2 bolts, harder bolts will not sheer and will wreck your equipment.*

Compatible with Category 0 and Category 1 3 point hitches with 2” receiver adapters.

When ordering, choose your options (Standard Shank or Combo Shank) and color preferences: Green (matches John Deere Green), Black, Orange (matches Kubota Orange)

Standard shank is 18” 

HRAS-B – Black, Standard shank
HRAS-G – Green, Standard  shank
HRAS-O – Orange, Standard shank
HRAS-R – Red, Standard shank

Combo Shank is 28″ and comes with a bolt-on 12″ furrower/ditcher/potato plow as well and replaceable ripper tooth

HRACS-B – Black, Combo Shank
HRACS-G – Green, Combo Shank
HRACS-O – Orange, Combo Shank
HRACS-R – Red, Combo Shank

Click here to order a replacement shank, furrower, or receiver hitch.


All Heavy Hitch products are made in the USA by a Minnesota company you can trust. Be confident in the quality and longevity of our products – we use only American made steel and qualified welders.

Ripper/ Middle Buster Plow/ Subsoiler Plow/ Potato Plow Details:

  • Standard length shank is 18”.

  • Optional combo shank is 28″ long, T1 steel and comes with a bolt-on furrower / ditcher / potato plow as well and replaceable ripper tooth.

    • This furrower is constructed out of heat-treated steel that gives it resistance from various cultivation jobs. It measures 12 inches wide, 3/16 inches thick, and has a 9-1/4 inches cutting width to create a defined divot or planting groove into the soil. This tillage tool has a typical three-bolt pattern that corresponds with most agricultural machines.

Please call us 1-888-337-8999 or email us if you have any questions.

SKUs (Standard Shank): HRAS-B, HRAS-G, HRAS-O, HRAS-R


Designs, specifications, features and information are subject to change without notice.

Additional information

Weight 38 lbs
Dimensions 30 × 12 × 4 in

Standard Shank, Combo Shank


Black, Green (matches John Deere Green), Orange (matches Kubota Orange), Red

23 reviews for HRA: Ripper / Middle Buster Plow / Subsoiler Plow / Potato Plow

  1. Gary Choquette (verified owner)

    I am updating my review as I cannot change the original one. Customer service reached out to me and replaced the bent part for free, including shipping to me. They stand behind their product.

  2. Gary Choquette (verified owner)

    I have had my Ripper for a little over a year. I thought it was built tough, but this spring when using it, it hit an object that did not move. Instead of shearing the bolt as it should, it bent the 2″ sold receiver shaft. I have the original sheer bolts shipped with it, and they are loose and do not squeeze as instructed. It’s not good that it breaks itself, and now I need to purchase an expensive new mount.

    • Heavy Hitch (verified owner)

      Gary, I am sorry to hear this. If yo have not already done so, please reach out to our Customer Service and we will see if we can figure out why this happened and if we can help.

  3. Gregg H (verified owner)

    I just received my combo shank subsoiler, hiller furrow 2″ receiver. I had no idea the product was so beefy. I don’t think I need to wait until I use it to give you an honest review. I know quality when I see and feel it. If this is something you need don’t hesitate to pull the trigger. I’m sure you will agree. BTW, I received this a day earlier than quoted, well packaged in great shape.

  4. Mark Sanders (verified owner)

    Worked fantastic, I added an piece of metal conduit to the back to lay about 2 acres of invisible fence wire. What would have took days to lay by hand was done in a couple hours. Have since used it to break sod for a new garden, well built, no issues at all.

  5. Henry (verified owner)

    Wow, this thing is stout! Was expecting just a beefy box blade tooth but it’s way more. Cannot wait to drop this into the garden this spring! Our state champion pumpkin grower subsoils his fields, so I will have a go on mine! Man, I cannot wait.

  6. John Metzger (verified owner)

    It would be great if you could sell the shear bolts. This particular size (Grade 2 5/8 inch) is really hard to find. Can’t find it on Amazon, Tractor Supply, or any hardware store I’ve looked at online..

  7. Jordan Milewski

    The first time I really put the ripper shank to work, the 2” solid steel receiver shank busted clean off after about an acre of work. I came here to see about parts and it doesn’t appear that I can just buy that part. A bit befuddled and dissatisfied that my 45 hp hydrostatic tractor was able to snap the shank of clean. No fatigue marks just busted clean off.

    • Heavy Hitch (verified owner)

      Jordan – I am sorry that happened, every once awhile we get a bad shank form our supplier. We we will definitely work with you to get this taken care of.

  8. Martin Palmer (verified owner)

    Excellent quality and shipping. Will use to install plastic conduit for a yard light. My 4100John Deere has the heavy hitch HD weight bracket and I put a tooth bar on my loader. all of your products are super. Glad to support a USA company.

  9. Steven Turgeon (verified owner)

    Received my Standard Shank Subsoiler in minimum time. placed it on my 1023e 3 point hitch and it transformed this little green tractor into a root ripping machine. I can remove small stumps with ease. I rip roots on all 4 sides of stump, hook under side of stump and lift rocker handle and drive forward. Pops them out every time! Biggest stump so far was about an 8″ apple tree that was cut a year or two back. I’m very impressed with the quality and effectiveness of this unit

    • Heavy Hitch (verified owner)

      So happy that you like it and it works for your jobs!

  10. Gene M (verified owner)

    I bought the tooth bar, heavy hitch, and combo ripper/potato plow. All pieces have excellent welds, paint and built heavy duty…Made with pride in the U.S.A !!!
    All pieces were packed to prevent damage and strapped to a pallet.
    Communication with Shannon was excellent. One additional question I have…

    On the combo unit should the ripper tooth be removed to mount the potato head or leave it on?

  11. Wes B

    I travel for work and it’s extremely difficult to find time to pick up items from businesses that are open M-F. I called HH and told them I was interested and that i would be home in two days with limited time to pick up the hitch and hiller attachment. They completed my order and sent it out with my Son moments after it was finished, allowing me to complete my tasks before it rained. They are the model every business should strive for in customer service, quality, and professionalism. I will and do recommend these guys to anyone needing this type of equipment. Keep up the outstanding work.Thank you.

    • Heavy Hitch (verified owner)

      Thanks Wes, I am happy we were able to make it work!

  12. Robert Piantino

    The customer service is second to none. I bought this with the plow, about a year ago, and didn’t need the plow head until this spring. Something wasn’t quite right. I contacted the owners, and after a few picture exchanges, and a few phone conversations, they replaced the plow head. This is why I will be a forever customer for attachments and parts.
    This thing is nasty when it comes to ripping out shrub stumps and roots…..nasty to the roots that is. It showed no mercy and made for an easier day than I first thought possible.
    Thanks HH for the customer support and great AMERICAN built accessories. It’s wonderful to see people taking pride in their work and products.

  13. Jay E.

    Is this compatible to a Kubota BX 2380. If so how does it hook up?

  14. Mark Coontz (verified owner)

    Fantastic!!!…..Best piece of equipment I have ever bought.
    Made my life so much easier.

  15. Michael King (verified owner)

    My property is wooded and very rocky. I was surprised at the size of the roots and rocks I can pull out with the 18 inch ripper. The 28 inch plow is digging trenches. I use these with a John Deere 318 cat 0 3 point or a JD 316 sleeve hitch. (Hint) If you run into a large rock or tough root, use the hydraulic lift to pull the rock up or snap the root off.
    Greg is the go-to guy

  16. Craig Heller

    Can you attach this directly to a 2 inch receiver on an atv?

    • Heavy Hitch (verified owner)

      Yes you could. This will plug into any standard 2″ automotive style receiver.

  17. Edward M Mazzola (verified owner)

    Where can I order replacement Shear Bolts?


  18. Ed (verified owner)

    Question about Shear Bolt Replacement. Where can I find or order a replacement? I do not expect to bend/or break these but it makes sense to have a replacement available.


    • Heavy Hitch (verified owner)

      The shear bolts are 5/8″ grade 2 bolts that are 2.5″ long and should be able to be sourced at any local hardware store that has bulk hardware.

  19. MedB (verified owner)

    Follow Up…
    Ok, pretty impressive. So along with great product as always, an example of great customer service. And handled right away over the weekend too. Heavy Hitch just earned my future business.
    Please change my rating to five stars. Thank you.

  20. MedB (verified owner)

    They make great stuff but twice now had ordering or shipping issues. This time it was removing an already accepted coupon code AFTER it showed the discount in cart and hitting proceed to finalize. Only $9 but still it’s the point you know?

    • Greg Parnow (verified owner)

      Sorry to hear about the issue with the discount code. Some discount codes are single use only and that may have been the issue. I went ahead and refunded back the amount of the discount and apologize for the inconvenience.

  21. barefootblake (verified owner)

    Very well built, works great if the ground isn’t frozen solid, just couldn’t wait to try it.

  22. rj_beem (verified owner)

    I found this to be the perfect compliment to my rototiller. A pass every 24” finds most of the things that I wouldn’t want to run my expensive tiller across.
    I like that it is easier to store than a dedicated 3 point ripper.

  23. Noel Voos

    Took a chance and bought the $99 standard shank to loosen clay soil in my yard. This thing is built on old American standards – well made, solid materials – and does exactly what it is supposed to. The only thing I didn’t see in the package was a piece of paper advising which grade of bolt to replace the sacrificial one with should the ripper hook into a large root or rock, and shear, as it is designed to – but I just took it the local farm store and matched the grade code on the hexhead. Glad I did not but the one at the local tractor store – reviews of those indicated they bent easily or simply broke – and cost more!

    100% full satisfied customer. If you need a ripper/subsoiler – LOOK NO FURTHER!

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