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    Default Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    A few months ago, I purchased a very used Rotavator which I think is a E series (E50).

    For anyone who owns something like this, can you tell me?

    1. What are the four speeds of the Selectatilth gears?
    2. Why type of gear oil should I use?
    3. What (if any adjustments) do I need to make? Grease points?
    4. For those who have one of these, do you run them offset, or centered like I'm trying to do?

    Thanks in advance,

    -Steve
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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    b.u.m.p.

    Anybody with a 60's or 70's era Rotavator?

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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by srjones
    b.u.m.p.

    Anybody with a 60's or 70's era Rotavator?
    Hi srjones. Just found this forum.

    There were four generations of E series:
    • Series I First produced in 1954, and continued to serial no 11628. Single speed only.
    • Series II Serial numbers 11629 to 40000. Selectatilth with redesigned clutch
    • Series III Serial numbers 40001 to 6364776. Recognition feature, cushion drive built into left hand side of rotor. Topmast secured to gearbox by one bolt through cast lug on gearbox.
    • Series IV Serial numbers later than 6364777, recognition feature and safety clutch positioned on the gearbox input shaft.


    If you can identify the series, I may have gear ratios and some of the service literature for your tiller.

    I believe all Howard tillers recommend SAE 90 oil.

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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    Sean,

    Thank you for the information. It looks like it's a Series IV.

    I went out and took a closer look at the tag, and I got the following:

    Model: EMU 50
    Serial: 6365878 F

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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    Talk with the fellows at
    Market Farm Implement
    257 Fawn Hollow Rd
    Friedens, PA 15541
    Phone (814) 444-1931

    They are experts and very knowledgeable of many implements.

    BTW, that tiller is in desperate need of new blades--ask them about that too.

    HTH
    ARKAYBEE

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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    Quote Originally Posted by srjones
    Sean,

    Thank you for the information. It looks like it's a Series IV.
    Ok. I looked around and dug up the following --

    Here's the operation/service manual for the Howard HE. That should be functionally equivalent to your E Series IV. The maintenance procedures and lubrication points are listed in there:
    http://solexcorp.com/manuals/howard/..._he_manual.pdf

    Here's the parts breakdown for Howard E Series IV tillers:
    http://solexcorp.com/manuals/howard/howard_e4_parts.pdf

    Here is a listing of Howard blades. If you will be using it in abrasive conditions, it is worth using the Superlife tungsten-carbide blades. The initial cost is higher, but will save you money in the long run:
    solexcorp.com/manuals/howard/hwdblades.pdf

    Your Howard (Kongskilde) distributor in Oregon is now General Implement. Any of your local dealers should be able to get you replacement parts through them. We also stock as many replacement parts for Howard as possible.

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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    Sean, Thank You! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    This is the mother lode of info!


    Arkaybee, you can't really tell from the picture, but the tines are actually in really good shape. The soils around here aren't really that abrasive (clay mostly)

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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    Sean that is really nice information! I have a Howard H4 works great for me.
    regards,

    Wayne

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    Default Re: Howard Rotavator E50 questions

    It looks pretty close, but to be sure you should find the serial number plate. I can't answer the other questions, but I think your tractor would pull it just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srjones View Post

    Arkaybee, you can't really tell from the picture, but the tines are actually in really good shape. The soils around here aren't really that abrasive (clay mostly)
    Actually Arkaybee is right, them tines are about whipped.
    New Howard tines are are almost square across the cutting edge. I have my brothers 50 in the back of my truck right now, going to do some serious tilling this week, but its the baby tiller

    Heres its new Mama
    and ST160
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