8N rototiller fabrications

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Posted by Brad on April 08, 2020 at 12:39:31 [URL] [DELETE] :

Reading and educating myself about other people's successes, ideas and "things not to do," I keep running into reference to Ford 8N tractors & rototillers.

Subject occurs often enough in forum archives, it must be a popular concept, but pretty much impractical to put into practice.

Archive forums consensus's pretty much:

1. Archives mentioned many workarounds, alternative implements used, dependent upon soil conditions etc, but basically "No" 8N goes too fast for rototilling.

I have seen several 8N tractors running rototillers, but they're all using the usual work-arounds, and not solving issue of 8N tractor's too-high of forward speed for rototilling.

You could build a tiller from scratch designed to work with 8N tractor's PTO and 3 point system, but it's not going to overcome 8N tractor's "too high of forward speed for rototilling."

2. Only remedy (without some auxiliary transmission) is tiller itself provides forward locomotion, as 8N tractor's slowest speed is too fast for tilling.

Most practical fabrication concept mentioned uses PTO driven tiller, having it's own crawler treads providing movement, or alternatively, using wheels, "augers" , etc (instead of crawler treads) to push tractor/rototiller along ground.

That is a lot of work and expense that someone would go to, so most choose to use available implements, like cultivating spring harrows, that does the job "good enough" instead of fabricating something experimental.

8N's & rototillers have been re-hashed to death on forums, and everyone knows that subject, so I'm not asking about the usual 8Ns & rototiller compatibilities.

What I'm curious about, and would really like to know, is if anyone's fabricated a rototiller for 8N tractors, that performed and did it's job well?


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