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Home-Built Rototiller Looks Like New
"I based it on a commercial unit and have used it to do all my garden tilling for the last four years without a bit of trouble," says David J. Siebold about the heavy-duty rototiller he built out of an assortment of old parts.
The Rimbey, Alberta, farmer used the gearbox and pto shaft off a Deere 480 haybine.
"I use the gearbox as a gear reduction box from the tractor's 540 rpm pto to slow down the tiller, which consists of a 2-in. dia. solid steel cylinder shaft out of an old Deere combine. It's fitted with commercial tines," he says. "I also used an 11-tooth sprocket and 20-tooth sprocket mounted on the 2-in. shaft."I used a #60 roller chain to drive the tiller. Overall weight is 350 to 400 lbs. so it's heavy enough to dig well into sod.
"The body is 1/8-in. plate steel that I had bent at a metal shop and the ends are made of 1/4-in. plate. The tiller is 60-in. wide so it covers the tire tracks of the 24 hp Kubota tractor I use to pull it. I wouldn't be afraid to mount it on up to a 40 hp tractor."
Out-of-pocket expense was $500 (Canadian), including $50 he paid for the Deere haybine.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, David J. Siebold, Box 477, Rimbey, Alberta, Canada TOC 2JO (ph 403 748-3582).

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1997 - Volume #21, Issue #3