View Full Version : How about a winter project ?

09-10-2016, 12:20 AM
An old bloke I know built this tiller. Basically it's a small 4wd gearbox,chains and sprockets, wheels ,an axle and a small engine.

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/tiller%201.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/tiller%201.jpg.html)

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/Tiller%203-1.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/Tiller%203-1.jpg.html)

http://i1062.photobucket.com/albums/t487/PeteronTweed/Tiller%203-2.jpg (http://s1062.photobucket.com/user/PeteronTweed/media/Tiller%203-2.jpg.html)
The engine ( too small at 6 hp , I'd use 10 hp minimum) drives the 4wd gearbox from a small Japanese SUV, I can't remember the model but possibly a Diahatsu. The gearbox has two output shafts, one drives the wheels, the other the blades.

It's a good machine and because of the strength of the gearbox, almost indestructible.
Bad points. It's hard to steer, some for of steering brake would be good. If I built one I'd want to be able to vary the blade speed, the way it is it's set to the travel speed. Perhaps another 'box driving the blades?

Something to have ready for next Summer's garden?

Phil Y
09-10-2016, 12:38 AM
I have an old Kubota I picked up at a clearance auction. Variable speed on the blades, fwd and reverse on the blades, a clutch for each wheel to help with steering, tractor tread on the tyres. It will do me thanks!

amish rob
09-10-2016, 12:50 AM
The men who taught me to build and repair things were farmers, and old school hatchet men.

My whole life has been about making rocketships out of dirt. I love this type of stuff.


09-10-2016, 12:51 AM
That sounds about perfect Phil, variable blade speed is a necessity.

09-10-2016, 12:54 AM
Were I younger and just getting into market gardening again I'd import a spading machine for a little Kubota and just use a rotary hoe to do the top 2''.


09-10-2016, 01:14 AM
They use big ones for digging in old pine apple and cane crops up North.

I like they way they don't generate a hard bottom, the down side of a rotary hoe.

09-10-2016, 01:34 AM
I like the action of the spader, I think variously shaped tools ... more garden forklike could be good addition.... and no plow sole.

09-10-2016, 01:52 AM
Interesting but I'm not doing it anymore Rob.

David W Pratt
09-10-2016, 07:26 PM
My Winter project is to try to finish my Summer project