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#1 CraftsmanGT OFFLINE  

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Posted February 13, 2017 - 04:26 PM

Picked up the tiller I bought a few months ago. Any tips on running one of these? I've never tilled with a tractor before, just a John Deere 524 front tine.

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Posted February 13, 2017 - 04:55 PM

Nice, The only thing you really need to get rid of is that JD seat! :poke:

 

Go slow in low gear and make multiple passes , these round back tillers were actually considered "Light duty" and were not meant to break up virgin soil but if the ground is fairly soft or has already been a garden for a while you will be fine.


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Posted February 13, 2017 - 04:57 PM

Relax and take your time. Let the machine do the work. Only dig in about 2" in depth for the fist pass and a little deeper with each subsequent pass. If you can, run a mouldboard plow through the area first to cut roots a lift up rocks. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted February 13, 2017 - 05:32 PM

What 2 previous post stated is exactly right,you will be impressed with the job it will do,looking at your pic,might just be a tad early for planting,lol
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Posted February 13, 2017 - 09:41 PM

If you have never tilled with a tractor before, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  If your only experience has been behind an "arm jerking out of the sockets" walk behind, you will probably be tempted to enlarge the size of the garden, or volunteer to help the neighbors till their gardens, just to have more time on the tractor tilling.  I'll guarantee that you will be spoiled,  but suspect you will marvel at how wonderful it is to till with the tractor compared to your previous experiences. 

 

Beware letting the wife, kids, or neighbors till.  squelch that right off.  Let them know that this is a job for a competent operator to run the machine who understands the task at hand and the capabilities of the tractor.  Make sure you keep a serious look on your face and not a foolish silly grin.  You don't want to let anyone to think that this is in any way fun, but that it is a task to endure to compete the project.  Make sure you gently remind the wife that she owes you for fitting this into your schedule.   

 

As far as the technical advise previously, I agree. 

 

Regards,

 

 

Doug


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Posted February 13, 2017 - 10:24 PM

If you have never tilled with a tractor before, you are in for a pleasant surprise.  If your only experience has been behind an "arm jerking out of the sockets" walk behind, you will probably be tempted to enlarge the size of the garden, or volunteer to help the neighbors till their gardens, just to have more time on the tractor tilling.  I'll guarantee that you will be spoiled,  but suspect you will marvel at how wonderful it is to till with the tractor compared to your previous experiences. 
 
Beware letting the wife, kids, or neighbors till.  squelch that right off.  Let them know that this is a job for a competent operator to run the machine who understands the task at hand and the capabilities of the tractor.  Make sure you keep a serious look on your face and not a foolish silly grin.  You don't want to let anyone to think that this is in any way fun, but that it is a task to endure to compete the project.  Make sure you gently remind the wife that she owes you for fitting this into your schedule.   
 
As far as the technical advise previously, I agree. 
 
Regards,
 
 
Doug


That's frinkin awesome!
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Posted February 14, 2017 - 12:13 AM

Noticed your profile Deer Park. I was there 2 days ago, foot and a half of snow every where. Then saw WI  Not WA ok I understand. Like they said above use the tiller ti till the ground. Not to break fresh garden.  Don


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Posted February 14, 2017 - 05:41 AM

Another piece of advice.

 

Since you have the 'Armstrong Lift', make sure to have an extra helping of Wheaties in the morning before you use it.

 

It takes a lot of 'grunt' to raise that rascal.

 

I used one just ONE time and immediately went on the hunt for a hydro Lift Kit. :D  :D  :D


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Posted March 21, 2017 - 05:23 PM

I tried it out this afternoon. Took it easy going down 1" at a time, it works great.

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Posted March 21, 2017 - 07:01 PM

Another piece of advice.
 
Since you have the 'Armstrong Lift', make sure to have an extra helping of Wheaties in the morning before you use it.
 
It takes a lot of 'grunt' to raise that rascal.
 
I used one just ONE time and immediately went on the hunt for a hydro Lift Kit. :D  :D  :D


That's what happened to me too. Plus bending my manual left lever with the danged tiller.




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