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 03-03-2001, 17:56 Post: 24968
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 Do tillers need to be sharpened

Hello out there. I spend the day out in my 4 acre field tilling. As the day went on things got slower and slower. Does a tiller need to be sharpened? I still have an acre left but the tiller has definetely lost its edge. I don't think tractors get tired. I sure am though. There were quite a few stones in the field torwards the back. The tractor seems to be running fine. If tines require sharpening, how do I do it? By the way it is a 60inch tiller on a 1982 JD750.






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 03-03-2001, 18:47 Post: 24970
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Paul, can you give us more details on what you mean by getting slower and slower? I suppose you COULD sharpen the blades, but I don't know of anyone who has done so. My tiller is nearly 5 years old and has seen a lot of use, and the manual says to replace the tines when they get worn down to a quarter inch on the tip, but says nothing about sharpening them. And you're right; the tractor shouldn't get tired, so everything should continue to turn at the same speed unless it's bogging down in something like heavy clay mud.






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 03-03-2001, 20:04 Post: 24972
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Now it did start to rain a little bit while I was out tilling. I forgot to mention that. It would bog down. I would have to keep lifting it up to get it to spin again. It was like there was not enough power to get it to spin.






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 03-03-2001, 21:11 Post: 24975
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Paul, the only time I've had that happen was, like I said, in heavy clay that was far too wet to till. I don't think sharpening will help you. If it wasn't just mud that was loading it up, you might want to make sure you haven't picked up vines, grass, a piece of rope, etc. that's putting a load on the tiller.






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 03-04-2001, 06:02 Post: 24982
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When you say "bog down" do you mean the tractor loaded up and the engine slowed down, or did the tiller tines just stop and the engine RPM stayed about the same? If it's the latter, you're spinning the slip clutch. That could be, as others have said because conditions were too heavy for tilling, or it could be because the slip clutch needs adjusting.






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 03-04-2001, 07:25 Post: 24983
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I didn't think to ask whether the tractor engine slowed down or just the tiller, since I don't use slip clutches on my equipment, but that's a very good point.






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 03-04-2001, 08:38 Post: 24987
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That must be it. It must be the slip clutch. Do I really need a slip clutch for such a small tractor and such a big tiller. My feel is that I am under powered for the most part. The tractor is not burdened and the tiller slows. Do I just tighten the bolts on the clutch? How do I adjust it?
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Aah, mystery solved. Do you have a manual for the tiller? I have a Bush Hog tiller with a shear bolt instead of slip clutch (which was optional) and its manual tells how to check and adjust the slip clutch, but I don't know whether the same measurements would apply to your tiller. If you need me to, though, I'll either post, or send a private e-mail with the instructions from my manual.






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 Do tillers need to be sharpened

I have had many many years of using walk-behind tillers and I have found out that if you do resharpen the tines, it makes a huge difference in performance. With dull tines it will not want to dig as deep and also any grass or weeds will want to wrap on the tine cutting edge. While if you sharpen the tines, it will dig much deeper and cut any grass that tries to wrap on the edge.






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I don't recommend eliminating the slip clutch. I'm in Maine, lots of rocks. I had mine set too tight on my Howard and trashed the drive chain and upper and lower sprockets and bearings, to the tune of about $400 in repairs ":^( Tightening each nut/bolt on the clutch about 1/2 to 1 turn at a time and then checking operation is the best way to approach it.






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