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Rear Tine Tiller Converted To Tow-Behind
Russ Wing knows what it’s like to be “thrown around” by a self-propelled rear tine tiller. So when he picked up a cheap Gilson tiller recently he decided to strip it down, fabricate a new frame, and repurpose it into a tow-behind tiller.
    Three modifications make it work well.
    He added an old-style Volkswagen jack and a Class I lever to raise and lower the time assembly for transport or tilling. He simplified the slip-belt idler that was on the tiller with an L-shaped rod that engages and disengages the tine assembly and can easily be reached from the tractor seat.
    Wing removed the original tiller’s self-propelled wheels and replaced them with wheels that provide for transport and counterweight to keep the tines deep in the soil while tilling.
    The most important modification, Wing says, is that he hooks the tiller up to an offset hitch.
    “It’s offset to eliminate compaction by tilling into my right wheel track,” Wing says. By tilling counterclockwise no tracks are left in the garden.
    Wing says he drives slowly and only uses the tiller in ground that has been plowed.
    A rear tine tiller is easy to modify and does a good job, he notes. And, a tow-behind tiller is much easier on the operator.
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Russ Wing, 21 Woolson, Lisbon, N.H. 03585 (ph 603 838-6184; rrwing@juno.com).

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2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2