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Gear or chain driven tiller

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modyinnh
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 13 East Central VT
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2009-03-30          161535


Hi, I'm starting the search for a tiller for my CK35 Kioti. Could someone enlighten me as to the pros and cons of gear or chain driven tillers? Also, what's a "slip clutch"? I'll be using it on no more than 1/2 an acre of garden plot in northern NH. What size should I be considering?
Thanks,
Paul

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auerbach
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 2168 West of Toronto
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2009-03-30          161538


If your tractor doesn't have a slip (= over-running) clutch on the PTO driveshaft, a spinning implement like a mower or tiller could kill somebody by moving the tractor (clutch pedal down or no) until it stops rotating. Costs maybe $70.

Gear is more trouble-free than chain, but would take more to fix if it fails. And you see when the chain is rusty and dry, but if you forget to lube the gearbox there's no reminder.

Size doesn't much matter. With wider, you go slower and shallower at first and could have traction problems on wet or uphill ground, and tillers are heavy so make sure the hitch can lift it. But fastest under good conditions. Smaller is a bit cheaper and easier to store, and may let you go deeper faster. Usually you want it to be wide enough to cover the rear wheel-tracks.

I'd want one with a good dust shield and with the right length driveshaft rather than having to search for one after. ....

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goodolriver
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 9 Winnipeg, MB, Canada
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2011-07-06          179295


Hey Yanmar, is a slip clutch an after market add on - I have a JD tiller that i've brought back to life but i broke the chain, is this something i can add now? Winnipeg clay.... ....

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auerbach
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2011-07-06          179298


It's part of the tractor, not of the tiller. Most tractors other than low-cost grey-market models have one. If yours doesn't, any tractor dealer can fix you up. ....

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