Gonna say this up-front right here: for those who 'know-it-all-already' - don't even bother reading this post...
I have a Pony also,
welll, maybe, rather, SHE does...
And yeah, every time I went to use it, buckin' - bouncin' - rearin' - if you could say it, it did it!!!
anything but till!!! maybe even MORE than some front-tine tiller!!!
Now, I'm one who IS a 'whole-lot-anal' about reading the manual BEFORE I start playin' with a new toy.
So, for the rest of the world with the "Tim Allen - HE-male - I got this, here hold my beer" attitude -
Guess I have to own up to it right out here in front of God and the rest of the world,
I got 'taken-to-school'
got handed the manual, and told to 'read-this-part-right-HERE' with the finger pointing EXACTLY where -
OH!!!, UH!!!, UMMM!!!, guess I skipped over that part...
For tilling 'new' ground, you're supposed to set the depth adjuster so you ONLY
do an inch or so with each pass, GRADUALLY working down to the max depth the tines will till.
Know what? Last fall when it came time to re-do my Iris beds, used that little Pony the way that GardenWay, Troy-Bilt Division, wrote in the manual that it was SUPPOSED to be used, even tho' I had used the shovel to take up the rhizomes, so the ground was mostly broke loose, AND, none of the earlier behavior was exhibited at all! WOW
, alright, is all I can say. It was a pleasure to use.
I'll add this also, I even got to show my buddy who has a Horse, and that sucker WILL take you for a ride with an 8 horse engine on it!!!, same thing!!!,
reckon that's the WHY
of dem engineers putting that thing on dere in the first place.