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  1. #11

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    Default Re: Tiller Setup

    Bo, I forgot to mention one thing. Be careful when you start tilling, it's so much fun watching that tiller chewing up the ground, that if you don't watch it, you'll till up your whole yard!

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Tiller Setup

    Tillin' till the cows come home! Well, ain't got no cows but I tilled the land today. Awesome. I set the tiller to the minimum depth and away I go. I was really impressed! My brother stopped by he too thought the job it did was outstanding and asked me to "stir the ground" a bit where the grass don't grow too well and to smooth it out a bit.
    I'll let the garden set a few days (more than likely next Saturday) and set the tiller deeper and till again.

    I also tilled the spots on the hill where I've got some wildlife mix to sew. It had been a series of bumps (old ore diggings) and I've leveled it out with my 'Bota. Hopefully the deep will stay away from the garden (yeah right).

    Oh, I did apply Roundup to the grasses on the land I tilled, but tilled it 4 hours later...maybe it'll work, maybe it won't...I couldn't wait and have lots more roundup.

  3. #13

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    Hi Mike,

    <font color=blue>...I have tilled with the tiller set at maximum depth on the first pass, just had to go slower; my 25hp Jinma could handle it, but I think it was mighty hard on the clutch.</font color=blue>

    Are you talking about the tractors clutch, or the slip-clutch on the tiller itself? This is something I hadn't thought of. I have a new tiller sitting in the garage just waiting for a chance to use it.. [img]/w3tcompact/icons/eyes.gif[/img] .. so it would be good to know about this clutch issue before I start working it.

    Thanks,
    Bob

  4. #14

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    Default Re: Tiller Setup

    <font color=blue>...Can't you set it for maximum depth and then use the 3 pt. to bring it up or down?? </font color=blue>

    This occured to me too, but wouldn't you normally have the lower links set in the "float" position for a ground-engaging implement? Would this make a difference?

    Bob

  5. #15

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    Default Re: Tiller Setup

    <font color=blue>...Can't you set it for maximum depth and then use the 3 pt. to bring it up or down?? </font color=blue>

    p.s. It just occured to me that a problem with this approach would be that when the front wheels went up on a small bump, your tiller would suddenly be jammed into the ground.. and as the rear wheels hit the same bump your tiller would be lifted into the air. Probably this is why folks rely on the depth setting of the tiller itself.. so it can follow the ground contour?

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    Default Re: Tiller Setup

    Bob,

    I purchased a new tiller last year to prepare a garden plot for us and a number of beds and other planting areas. Since all of the soil I was dealing with was virgin dirt, I wanted to take it easy on the equipment. I set the skid shoes on the tiller to about 3" depth of the tiller made a couple of passes tearing everything up nicely. Then I raised the skid shoes all the way and took it nice and slow for full depth. It did a great job. I probably could have gotten away with setting the skid shoes to maximum height (out of the way) and feathering the 3ph...but really....the tractor and the tiller are worth to much to rush something so simple!!! So what if it takes a few extra passes....just more seat time right? [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]

    Kevin

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    <font color=blue>... I probably could have gotten away with setting the skid shoes to maximum height (out of the way) and feathering the 3ph...but really....the tractor and the tiller are worth to much to rush something so simple!!! So what if it takes a few extra passes....just more seat time right? [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img]</font color=blue>

    You've convinced me! [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Tiller Setup

    Bob, I was referring to the tractor's pto clutch. You know how brake shoes smell when they get hot, I was getting that same smell sometimes when I was tilling. I assumed it was due to the clutch disc slipping and getting hot.

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    Default Re: Tiller Setup

    <font color=blue>...I assumed it was due to the clutch disc slipping and getting hot. </font color=blue>

    Hmm.. interesting. I would have thought it would just bog down the engine before it would make the clutch slip. But what do I know? Has anyone else run into this sort of problem?

  10. #20

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    <font color=red>Oh, I did apply Roundup to the grasses on the land I tilled, but tilled it 4 hours later...maybe it'll work, maybe it won't...I couldn't wait and have lots more roundup</font color=red>

    Booo.... hissss.... should have nixed the roundup!! The tiller turns that good ole grass and other green stuff into valuable compost. I don't think that there will any chemical residue with Roundup, but I would definately let the rains flush that soil for awhile. No telling what it could do to anything you may plant in the next few days.

    There are a few differing methodologies to tilling. It all depends on soil conditions, moisture, cover crops, etc. For me, I depend upon the depth feet a lot. They prevent the tiller from digging to deep. I till about 3-4" on the first pass. Stop, raise the feet all the way and let the tiller do its job.

    Additionally, I till two times. The first pass is to turn under all green manures and accumulated debris - two tilling heights as previously mentioned. I then wait a week or two and till again - usually at full depth. This turns the green manures again to distribute them some more. After that, it's planting time. Except for the deep furrows for potatoes, leeks, and corn.

    Terry

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