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DANIEL    Posted 01-25-2024 at 13:44:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • I have a 1050 8N Ford tractor that has been converted to 12 volt. I would like to get a 4 ft rototiller for my three small food plots. Are my tractor RPM's compatible with my using a rototiller? I read idle speed is 400 RPM and max is about 2000 rpm's. It does great with brush hog, with plow, and disc. Thoughts?? I thank yo in advance.

    John in Mich    Posted 01-25-2024 at 19:59:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I was always of the belief that a rototiller on an early Ford N was a no no. My belief was founded on a double gang rototiller that my father had bought at an auction and we tried to use. Our 8N had (and still has) the Sherman Combo transmission. No combination of gears were/are efficient to run that machine. We sold it.
    For years I read the same from all those who would know.
    Now, all that was thrown out the window about 7 years ago. A neighbor's son bought a rototiller from Tractor Supply and asked me to help hook it up to the 1953 NAA Jubilee.
    I went there ready to explain to them that the tractor was not set up to handle a rototiller, BUT, I helped connect it to the tractor. I was flabbergasted. Running in first gear the rototiller did a nice job. It did take a couple passes but the soil was nicely tilled, ready to plant. I'll grant that the area was NOT sod but soil turned the prior year. I believe the tiller gearing was designed to work with the Ford. I don't remember the manufacturer's name.

    Tim Daley (MI)    Posted 01-25-2024 at 17:05:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You meant a 1950 8N. It should have the front mount distributor and the OEM Ballast Resistor, right? 6V or 12V, just be sure wiring is correct for whichever system. The N's aren't geared for Rototiller Use. You say you have a plow and a disc. Those are sufficient to work food plots and gardens. You could find an old Dearborn Spring Tooth Harrow and 2-Row Cultivator to add further. SEE MANUALS forum for more info & LINK. There was Howard Rotavator made but NLS and parts non-existent.


    Tim Daley (MI)

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 01-25-2024 at 18:39:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Well FLICK, if you were closer to me, I have two of those 4 foot offset tillers looking for a new home. They can work without a reduction gear box but generally require two passes to get the job done.
    You can find new tines but the rest of the parts are NLA.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 01-26-2024 at 00:37:34 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Ah yes, I forgot to mention. The typical tiller will need to spin the tines in order to raise it off the ground. This can be overcome with an implement transport transport lock from Redrockmfg. Once raised can be locked up and will not fall to the ground overnight. However, the Howard Rotovator tiller has a handle that allows the tiller to raise without spinning he tines and chewing up the ground.

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