Assembly And Adjustment
1 and 2: No mention of using the washers. I assembled using “the bolts and nuts”. Had to remove the “nuts” (which are actually handles or knobs) and reassemble with the washers in place.
3: Not very clear instructions. Needs visual instruction. Not clear what “First, adjust the throttle lever at the bottom” means. Rest of #3 requires guesswork regarding “insert the big head……adjust the carbuerator and the bolt.”
4: No instruction as to connecting the wires from the stop switch.
5: No guidance on assembling the wheels and depth skid, such as which direction etc. Could use a visual. Could also use instructions on how to adjust the depth skid.
1: what is the “broker”?
2: The instructions only cover (and not very well) the assembly. There is no guidance on how to operate the machine, what the depth gauge is for, what position the wheels should be in.
There are no instructions for how to start the machine. Being a clever guy, I figured it out. I chose this machine because it has the most powerful engine in its class. I wanted to see what it could do, so I chose a garden which had never been tilled and was basically virgin soil of heavy, wet sod. I tried to grow wildflowers there this summer, but got mostly weeds. I pulled most of the weeds, leaving most roots and stalks.
Because the soil is so heavy, I added about 2 inches of sand on top of the soil. I then added about 3-4 inches of composted wood chips. I figured this would be a good test of the machine’s capabilities.
Then I thought to really see what the machine would do, so I mulched the leaves on my lawn and then mowed with the bagger attached. I added about 8-10 inches of the clippings/mulched leaves on top of the wood chips on a small part of the garden, figuring that would certainly stall the tiller. (Video 1)
Now to test it out. October 25, 2019
The tiller worked flawlessly. It cut through the wood chips, sand and heavy soil like a hot knife through soft butter. It jumped around a loe due to the thick composition of the soil, but holding it in place for a few seconds broke up the clumps.
When I arrived at the area that had almost a foot of chopped up leaves and grass clippings, the tiller made short work of mixing them in with the soil, sand and wood chips. I had expected a problem, and was pleasantly supprised at how easily the tiller handled the load.
I had to go over the entire garden three times to obtain the consistency I wanted, but each pass was easier. I tilled to a depth of about 6 inches and ended with a uniform, loose soil with leaves and wood chips mixed in. I think the quality of the soil will only improve over the winter as the organic matter composts. I will probably add composted manure in the sprint, but only till it to about 3 inches.
Waiting to see what weeds sprout in the newly tilled soil so that I can kill them off before planting.
I highly recommend this machine to the home gardener.