Small Cultivators

The latest power development for gardeners is the power cultivator/hoe/tiller. Both electric and gas power models can be used to cultivate small gardens even among tightly spaced plants and vine crops. They can weed shallow depths at 1 to 3 inches, or till up to 10 inches deep. All weigh under 30 pounds and are much easier to handle than the standard size rototiller.

Garden experts say you should consider four points when deciding whether to purchase a lawn garden tractor:-

  1. Can you afford it?
  2. Do you have a lot of different jobs to perform?
  3. Are you growing vegetables seriously in large quantities?
  4. Is it impossible to find inexpensive labor in your neighborhood?
Vegetable Gardens For Small Yards

Horsepower: There are three broad categories: Tractors with under 10 hp. are used primarily for tending a yard under one acre and for light snow removal; those with 10 to 14 hp. are good for preparing a good-sized vegetable garden and are able to handle a variety of cultivating equipment* those with 16 to 20 hp. are designed for heavier-duty, large garden work, and utility chores.

Transmission controls: Tractors in the 10 to 14 hp. category usually have gearshift transmissions. Some have 3 or 4 speed transaxles or, combined with a high/ low range selector, 6 speeds forward, one speed backward; one model allows a variable control speed in each range without clutching. Tractors in the 16-hp. and above class generally use hydrostatic drive, which is like automatic transmission. There is just one lever, which provides forward and reverse. One tractor model has a foot-operated hydrostatic pedal that requires uniform foot pressure. A hand control mounted through the dash panel is generally the most convenient system.

Some tractors offer almost vibration-free operation achieved by proper balancing or isolating the engine on rubber mounts. Many new tractor models also have completely enclosed engines, which reduce noise levels.

Interiors: Best is a welded steel, one-piece design. Some tractors have a two-piece frame mat is bolted and riveted together.

Axles: Best are solid cast iron. Some models have hollow axles of shaped steel: these are not durable.

Steering spindle: A 1-inch spindle is the mark of a well-built tractor. Steering spindles of 3/4-inch diameter have less bearing surface for the front wheels to turn on, allowing heat to build up.

Operator's section: The station should be uncluttered so you can get in and out without hindrance. Controls should be within convenient reach from the seat Best are color-coded controls for easier identification. The seat should be padded with a high backrest Brake and clutch pedals should be wrapped in rubber.

Figure 5.13

TILLING CLAY SOIL

Since clay is extremely hard, start tilling at a very shallow depth. On each succeeding pass go down a couple of more inches until you reach the depth you want It is difficult to work clay when it is wet If you do, it will lump together and become extremely hard as it dries out An especially heavy clay soil may be quite slow to dry out below the surface. To solve this problem, till at a depth of 3 to 4 inches, let the plot dry out for a day then till deeper.

Seed Bed Cultivators

Snapper garden tractors

Snapper garden tractors featur a high/low dual range transmission. Disc drive lets you shift on the go. Other standard features include 8-position tilt steering wheel, adjustable seat, electric front PTO clutch and a 9 position lift SNAPPER POWER EQUIPMENT P.O. Box 777 Mcdonough, GA 20253

Ford garden tractor

Hydrostatic drive in some models provides an infinite range of forward ground speeds from 0 to 6 mph. Heel-toe pedal lets you speed up, slow down and change direction without clutching or shifting gears, a 26 to 40 inch rotary tiller can be attached for easy seed-bed preparation.

FORD NEW HOLLAND, INC.

New Holland, PA 17557

Snapper garden tractors

Snapper garden tractors featur a high/low dual range transmission. Disc drive lets you shift on the go. Other standard features include 8-position tilt steering wheel, adjustable seat, electric front PTO clutch and a 9 position lift SNAPPER POWER EQUIPMENT P.O. Box 777 Mcdonough, GA 20253

Ford garden tractor

Hydrostatic drive in some models provides an infinite range of forward ground speeds from 0 to 6 mph. Heel-toe pedal lets you speed up, slow down and change direction without clutching or shifting gears, a 26 to 40 inch rotary tiller can be attached for easy seed-bed preparation.

FORD NEW HOLLAND, INC.

New Holland, PA 17557

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