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Tiller "walking" the tractor

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sjmorgan
I've got my B112 running good and decided to throw on the 32" tiller to go sod busting. Put the wheel weights on, set the quad pin, made a starting trench with a shovel, hopped on, lined-up, engaged the tiller, dropped it down, rode the brake, moved two feet, started feeling good about man and his machine...then the next thing I know is I'm bouncing up and down as the tiller is "walking" the tractor down the yard for about 100 ft before I got control and stopped. OO Wife is laughing and calling me "city boy." :( I tried adjusting the depth up and same result. I made a retreat back to the shed. Wife is still laughing and saying she can out do me with the old 1970 3 hp Simplicity tiller. Need advice on good tractor/tiller technique.

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KenK
Been there done that,all most ran over the neighbors garage:O.You have to let it float the first few passes.If you have a manual lift,put a pin in the lower hole of the quaderant.That way the lift lever won't lock.If you have hydro lift,put it on float position.

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toad270
Did almost the same thing this weekend only it got worse I wound up with half of the toller tines in the back of my truck after it busted the tubing so I guess I will be staying late at work for some government work

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TomSchmit
It is just amazing how tough ordinary turfgrass is! It can be broken by floating the tiller tiller (as above), but you and the machine will still take a pounding! If you can, turn it over with a plow and give it 2 weeks to rot the grass fibers. Otherwise, spray with glyphosate (Roundup)to kill the grass a week or two before tilling.

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chrisdm8
I ran into the same problem. I was surprised how tough sod can be. Tried the plow but couldn't get it though it. The tiller on float would bog down the tractor to much so I ended up skimming the surface (one hand on the lift lever at all times) then letting it sit for a bit. Came back in a week and did another 4 passes to break it up and mix in some compost and manure. It eventually worked but it was a lot of tractor time. In retrospect, killing the grass first or working harder to get the plow (as was recommended) to work would have been much more effective but I don't have that much patience. Honestly, once it was working well... it was the most enjoyable thing I've done with the tractor yet.

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mdmre
I made myself a sod cutter for the tractor. It is a very simple device. It cuts a few inches deep and slices off the grassy layer very well. After removing the top layer, tilling the ground works a lot easier.

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bud119195
Got any pics of your sod cutter?
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Originally posted by mdmre
I made myself a sod cutter for the tractor. It is a very simple device. It cuts a few inches deep and slices off the grassy layer very well. After removing the top layer, tilling the ground works a lot easier.

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