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Man have I put some hours on my tillers this year!


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#1 skyrydr2 OFFLINE  

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Posted August 04, 2016 - 06:47 AM

My big garden is looking pretty nice these days, and especially after I run down the rows with my LGT165 and Bolens tiller in tow..the saw toothed rear flap makes it look sooooo nice!!!!!!
I wish I could get my Troy-bilt tillers tines to spin like they do on the Bolens tiller! They literally float over stones and imulsify weeds! I love this thing. And I really have no issues with it being driven with a single belt(actually 2 singles with a speed reducing jack shaft) running the rear right angle gear box to reverse the prop shaft input to make it work correctly.
At 1/3-1/2 throttle the tines are humming along at maybe 300-350 rpm.and boys it does a nice job!
I'll try to remember to snap a pic or 2 of the results later today.

Edited by skyrydr2, August 04, 2016 - 06:48 AM.

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Posted August 04, 2016 - 07:15 AM

The secret of a good tilling job is proper soil condition, tine speed and ground speed.  Most of our garden is out except for tomatoes, cucs, and cantaloupe.  Did a weed kill with Round-up a week ago on the harvested area and everything is dead now.  Ready for the plow later on.  I made the mistake and bought hay for our goats from a neighbor a year ago.  Hauled the manure onto the garden.  Had the worst crop of weeds and sand burs I ever seen.  He grinds most of his hay for cattle feed and sprays the field where he feeds all winter so weeds in his hay is nothing to him.  I should have known better as I have seen him bale up patches of nothing but Musk Thistle and it stores along with the rest.


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Posted August 04, 2016 - 10:50 AM

When we had our large garden, our soil was too sandy for tilling during the growing season. I would have to leave irrigation run 24/7 if I did that. I pulled a shallow cultivator through instead to knock out weeds and minimize water loss.
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Posted August 04, 2016 - 11:03 AM

We only watered our plants a couple times this year.  Was so wet the pumpkins died out, both plantings.  Rotted off at ground level.  First planting was on a big hill.  Second on level ground.  Same results.  Guess I will buy the Jack-O-Lanterns this year.



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Posted August 04, 2016 - 01:59 PM

Your garden sound nice, but we need photos to confirm, and send me some tomatoes too!



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Posted August 08, 2016 - 02:09 PM

A few pics if they will go?

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Edited by skyrydr2, August 08, 2016 - 02:11 PM.

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Posted August 09, 2016 - 07:53 AM

Looks like it churns up the dirt well!






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