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    Default kkII tiller depth

    Hey everyone,
    I am a tractor newbie and a proud owner of a King Kutter II 6' tiller,
    Yesterday, I hooked it up to my Grey market 50hp tractor and gave it a try.
    The skids are set for maximum depth (nearly touching the side gearbox)
    after three passes in an old field the skids were still just sitting on top of the ground and only tilling about 4 inches deep.
    I need to get to the full 8 inches deep, and I am considering removing the skids
    altogether, but that would leave the side gearbox sitting right on the ground.
    Can anyone tell me what I am missing?
    how am I supposed to get 8 Inches deep if the skids just ride on top of the ground at 4 inches?
    should I remove the skids?
    thanks

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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    Steely, try shortening yours top link so the skids are lower in the front than the back. Not sure that will get you 8” deep but on a second pass the skids will bury themselves in the loose soil and till deeper this way.

    MarkV

    PS. Welcome to the forum.
    Last edited by MarkV; 04-18-2008 at 09:06 AM.

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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    steely:

    Welcome to TBN ! I would follow MarkV's suggestion as well as try to till at a slower ground speed. Jay
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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    Quote Originally Posted by MarkV
    Steely, try shortening yours top link so the skids are lower in the front than the back. Not sure that will get you 8 deep but on a second pass the skids will bury themselves in the loose soil and tiller deeper this way.

    MarkV

    PS. Welcome to the forum.
    What Mark said, also, try adjusting the tiller slightly forward not too much tilt forward, just slightly, that should help also, and welcome to the site.

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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    Steely, Welcome to TBN!!

    I only run the skid shoes for tilling really hard packed dirt or for tilling up sod. For gardens I take them off. As far as the gear box, run the gear box in the tilled soil and it will till to the center of the earth!!! BTW, I now use pins in place of the bolts for the skid shoes.
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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    How dry is the soil?
    moisture helps.
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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    Hey Guys,
    Thanks for all of the posts.
    The ground I am working is never before tilled sod with a good amount of moisture.
    I am thinking my main problem is the ground speed of my tractor.
    I am running a 50hp grey market tractor, that has been wonderful,
    but I have noticed that it doesnt go slow enough, first gear Low, and
    it just scoots along. There is no creeper gear.
    how could they build a 4x4 tactor with no creeper gear?
    At it's slowest speed, the tiller just doesn't have a chance to dig in.
    I don't know how to combat the speed without riding the clutch and brake.
    thanks
    steely

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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    It sounds like you have plenty of horse power so try lowering the RPM's to slow the tractor's speed. Just don't let it labor too much.
    HAVE FUN

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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    Tilling is a slow speed job. I have HST and use low range and super slow speed with the tiller. It makes a fantastic finished product and is pretty much a boring job. Of all tractor jobs this one is the most qualified to complete with a beverage in your hand.

    Many folks with large and fast gear tractors are not able to use a tiller. Must use a disc instead.
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    Default Re: kkII tiller depth

    Just used my KKII tiller 5' first time (kioti ck30hst) last week didn't even look at or change the depth settings. Did my garden and two neighbors. Just stuck my hand in the soil, it seemed plenty deep, in any case better than anything I'd used before.

    Mike

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