Mine are taller than me but no flowers yet
Tomatoes are still hanging on...
Tomatoes are still hanging on...
Tiller project done .....Engine, and entire machine, runs and operates great ...
Here is the finished product ....
Great work on the machines, guys! onacer, that probably looks better than new. And orangputeh, wow, combining that many machines? That sounds like a process by itself.finished this frankenstein 928 today. used 6-7 machines to build this one. Bucket, augers, chassis, engine,handlebars, and more was from different machines.
glad it's done.
I am prediabetic, as well. For the last 10 or so years. Cut out the beer, replace with water and start a exercise regimen, even if it's cutting the grass with a push mower or something of the like. Get out, get moving, eat more greens. I bounce back and forth in that zone, as well. After I do those things, it gets better. Then I buy another 20 pack of Labatt, drink 3 with dinner, ice cream for dessert and start falling asleep before the dinner dishes are off the table again! So back to the water and exercise.It is easy to blame sluggishness on anything but getting old, ain't it?got lab work results back from dr. prediabetic. maybe that explains my sluggishness the whole damn year.
Man, old equipment had such beautiful compound curve and corner sheet metal work, the jellybean look is the mark of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Even if the technology wasn't at post modern levels, the brute strength and artisan level of industrial design were never skimped. Never an afterthought.
Oh yeah that thing is a little ripper. But should it keep acting up don't let the lack of reverse dissuade you. The electric is so easy to use and can truly operate in any position, that I'm pondering whether I can use it to do some light excavation to correct some ground water issues.Cool, the tiller sounds good! I debated something like a SunJoe electric, but ended up going a different direction. The idea of the cord didn't really bother me, but it seemed like most don't have reversible tines, which is an idea that sounded good to me. But the torque of an electric (with no clutch to slip) sounded nice, as well as just plugging it and starting work.
I spent, well, probably too-long messing with the little Mantis carb this week. Last night I think I got it running pretty well. Turns out it's tricky to feel when these needles are seated (they had limiter caps, and there are no springs under them to prevent vibrating loose, so the threads themselves are fairly tight), but once I started with a reasonable setting, I was more successful tuning the low end.
I'm still having an issue with it not wanting to stay idling once it's hot. I suspect it leans out a bit once it's hot, so maybe I need to richen the Low screw slightly. I can see why people with the Honda 4-stroke version say that engine is simpler to deal with The 2-stroke seems rather finicky.
I tilled the main areas that I want to get done, it worked well! Last night I had the tines set to the less-aggressive Cultivating position, so the teeth are pointing "away" from the rotation direction. So it doesn't catch as much on roots, etc, since the teeth push them away, vs grabbing them. This morning I flipped them around to the Tilling direction, so the teeth try to dig in and grab. I got stuck on some roots, but it worked faster this way, which was nice.
This is how it did in one area last night. I thought it did a good job. It should be a helpful tool to have available.
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I buy these old sawmill blades, they are like a solid dado or jointer blades 3/4-1" thick but with non-replaceable teeth, they are sharp and cheap, heavy. Only a few times more expensive than an edger blade. I wonder if I could make a light duty stump grinder for shrubbery and tall hedge stumps? Would the gearcase handle it? I was also thinking about making an index plate to turn the gearbox horizontal or on the diagonal, and then installing a saw blade to take down saplings and such.And HillnGullyRider, I have thought about alternate uses, since it seems good at digging. A friend had to dig a long, narrow trench through his yard. If I'd had it at the time, I think it could have done a nice job of loosening the soil for him, vs digging it out when it's all intact.
Disappointingly, reading through the Snow Joe manuals (I think it's actually Sun Joe, sorry), I didn't see mentions of alternate tines, just what comes with them. And nothing about reversing those, as I recall.I bet Snow Joe has a similar option.
Leaving the blades on and indexing seems much faster to me though, unless really tangled.
That's a very cool idea. Last year I was trying to think about "DIY" stump-grinding methods, and didn't come up with much. Or at least, nothing practical/safe.I buy these old sawmill blades, they are like a solid dado or jointer blades 3/4-1" thick but with non-replaceable teeth, they are sharp and cheap, heavy. Only a few times more expensive than an edger blade. I wonder if I could make a light duty stump grinder for shrubbery and tall hedge stumps? Would the gearcase handle it? I was also thinking about making an index plate to turn the gearbox horizontal or on the diagonal, and then installing a saw blade to take down saplings and such.
if it is leaning out i would wonder if there is an air leak somewhere. could maybe be a seal or who know. you would likely have to pressure test the block to try finding it but i would guess since it is more of an issue when you ad heat it may or may not be easy to test. that is definitely part of why the 4 stroke versions are nicer. crank case leak doesn't effect how the engine runs on them.I'm still having an issue with it not wanting to stay idling once it's hot. I suspect it leans out a bit once it's hot, so maybe I need to richen the Low screw slightly. I can see why people with the Honda 4-stroke version say that engine is simpler to deal with The 2-stroke seems rather finicky.
from the parts diagram it looks like they use a very odd and complex auger/drive setup which i am guessing didn't make them much money so they discontinued it. the standard belt setup most machines use are usually pretty cheap and reliable.not sure why this type never caught on. does anyone here know?
What do they use for reduction? a 3:1 planetary, or perhaps a 2.2:1 internal clutch reverse box? The impeller speed has to be around 1000rpms so a 3600rpm engine needs reduction. Looks like a reverse rotation judging by the chute position. But then they'd need to use a vertically indexed (6 o'clock) gearbox...and then what about the rake rotation? The worm would have to be bottom load or reverse cut??? What happens when you hit wet news print and the shear pins fail? Belts not only provide torque transfer, but they are good at dampening shock loads.sold a honda 622 today. strange beltless machine that i think was built in 1996-99. not sure why this type never caught on. does anyone here know?