Since I`ve posted this last post I`ve acquired two more small tractors and the Shi 14 has kind gone on the back burner. I won an auction for Ford 1500 and a Farmall A. After a little work I got the Ford going pretty good and the A is gonna be project for a while. With the garden going and work taking up most of my free time the Shi tiller got low priority.
Now that the broccili ,cabbage and cauliflower is playing out I`m needing to plow the leftover stumps and leaves under for some good free fertilizer !
I was bragging on how good my 10-12 year old Ariens/ Tecumseh rear tine tiller was starting after sitting for 6-7 months. Worked it pretty good 2-3 weeks ago and it died while idling . Thought it shouldn`t be out of gas yet....yanked on the rope and had absolutely no compression...... Pulled the head and couldn`t see anything wrong. Got a new gasket( Can still get parts even though Tecumseh has gone out of business). It has gotten in line for my time soon, So I turned my attention to the Shi Tiller.
After scratching my head with what the previous owner had going on with the idler end bearing on the main tine shaft, I scrapped it and ordered a Cast Iron Bearing Carrier and after some mods got it mounted up .
I bought some regular tines ( it came with a few of the rice paddie tines ) for the tiller a few months ago. After trying to find pics or videos of the Shi tiller and not having found anything helpful I gambled on the direction of the tines should be mounted. Scratched my head for 2-3 hour trying figure out how to arrange the left and right tines ! I had a 50/50 chance of getting them right....depending on which way it rotated once hooked to the tractor......guess which way it went !! Needless to say I`m not gonna be buying any Lotto tickets today.
Still not sure about proper arrangement but after turning them 180 degrees they proceeded to chop the stumps/leave into nice mulch and everything seemed to work as it should even in the wet conditions. Definitely need the giant depth gauge wheels in place to keep from getting too deep and stalling the tiller. But it works so I`m calling it a victory.
The Shi 14 Tractor/Rotovator seems to be a pretty good machine to be so small and has some advantages in it`s size( about 4 foot wide) when working small gardens. The high range seems mostly for traveling and low range is low and slow enough to really work the ground. If I could mount up a Front End Loader, I would probably keep it just for the garden work. Haven`t seen anyway to do that so It will be up for sale pretty soon !!
Now if I can get the A engine unstuck we`ll be moving forward with that project. Also watching an auction on a 1720 4wd Ford with a FEL from local city. This one is actually in running condition..... !!!