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Wheel Keeps Rototiller From Digging Too Deep
“Our Honda F110 walk-behind rototiller used to jump all over and dig itself into the ground so deep that it couldn’t even move forward. I solved the problem by mounting a small 3 by 8-in. pneumatic tire on front of the machine. The difference in how well it works is unbelievable. Now I can operate this rototiller with one hand,” says George McKenzie, Brownvale, Alberta.
    He used a 1-in. wide, 5/16-in. thick metal strap to attach the tire to the rototiller’s frame, bolting one end of the strap to the wheel hub and clamping the other end to the frame in 2 places. The bracket is designed so McKenzie can set the rototiller at various depths.    
    “Finding the right balance between the wheel and the machine was tricky. I worked for 2 1/2 weeks before I got it to work right,” says McKenzie. “The big advantage is the wheel stabilizes the rototiller so it doesn’t jump all over. It adds less than 8 lbs. to the machine’s weight.
    “At first I tried using a solid rubber tire, but it didn’t roll well on soft ground. I didn’t try to use a caster wheel because it might turn sideways and dig into the ground.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, George McKenzie, P.O. Box 3, Brownvale, Alberta Canada T0H 0L0 (ph 780 597-3950; geomck@wisternet.ca)

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2018 - Volume #42, Issue #4