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Tiller Designed To Dig Deep Or Shallow
Dissatisfaction with tillers on the market led retired scientist Kai Lee on a quest to build a better tiller. After years of development, the Portage, Mich., inventor came up with more than just a tiller. He calls his machine the Counter-Rotating Weeding & Tilling Machine.
  “It’s a double-duty machine,” Lee says. “Conventional tillers can’t chop weeds 6 ft. tall. This chops them up, working down to 6 in. deep.”
  Lee’s machine has two shafts. The front one turns forward, and the back one goes backward rapidly to cut weeds into pieces and break up soil. The 12-in., heat-treated, high carbon steel digging discs look similar to circular saw blades and can be easily removed for sharpening. They are self-cleaning and deflect rocks and debris.
  “When it’s running slower it goes deeper,” Lee says. “For cultivating or weeding you can go fast to take care of weeds very quickly.”
  The tiller operates at speeds from almost stationary up to 2 mph. Strategically balanced on two wheels, it handles easily for all size gardens – even with just one hand.
  Lee offers three models ranging from 15 to 32 in. wide ($2,500 to $3,200). All have commercial grade Honda engines – 6.5 hp on the smaller models and 8 hp on the widest one. They are powder-coated for durability.
  Lee is currently selling his machines to organic and farm market farmers in the Midwest. Videos on his website shows it in action. It comes with a 2-year limited warranty on the machine and a 3-year warranty on the engine.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Kai Lee, Innovative Devices, Inc., 5235 Raborn Ct., Portage, Mich. 49024 (ph 269 567-8862; www.tillerweeder.com).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #3