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    Hawkline 48" rotary tiller

    Hey all,

    Picked up a new tiller for the 1026R. It's Hawkline Brand, but says right on it Behlen makes it. The sticker and much of the paint looks spot on to the TSC County Line Brand.



    Gear drive and slipper clutch included. It's not the spring style the larger units have. In fact the PTO shield is Black, when all the others on the lot had spring style clutches and yellow PTO shields.



    It didn't look like it'd be outside all that much, but the gear box input shaft was rusty. Had to be cleaned to get the PTO to slip on. I just used the wire wheel on the dremmel and it cleaned right up.



    It wasn't too bad to mount up to the 1026R. The drive shaft didn't even need cut.



    When the 3 point is all the way up there isn't a ton of clearance under the skids. In this pic they are still all the way down so the tiller can sit on the ground.



    The guys at Bomgaar's gave me 2 quarts of gear oil and that didn't fill it up. The top gear box used one exactly. The side box took the other one and then some from a 2 gallon jug I already had. Not sure how much more thou. I'd bet $$ a 2 gallon jug would do the whole setup thou...

    On the opposite side the bearing used A LOT of grease. I'd say 1/3 to 1/2 a tub of grease. Thankfully I have a Lincoln pneumatic grease gun and a spare tub.

    Just under the decal saying the unit was shipped with out oil is the overflow plug.



    Sorry this is the closest shot of the grease side.



    All in all I'm very happy with the purchase. I never went real deep with it as today I was fixing some high spots in the yard. This summer I hope to eliminate the scalping and since the 60D is a fantastic deck I'm going to tweak my yard a little. The tiller chewed up the sod like it was nothing. I never gave it more than a little over idle for throttle. This thing is HEAVY. With no bucket on the loader it was getting lite going up hills. When you set it down the back of the tractor raises noticeably. I bet the motor could handle the 60" tiller, but that extra weight would really be noticeable. I'm more than happy with the 48"!
    Hope this helps anyone in the market.

    The skid system isn't the best, it works, but it could be better. It has nylock nuts and bolts so if you want to change height it takes some serious wrenches. 3/4" I think.


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    636,

    You mention wrenches needed to adjust the skids, is that just the operating height, or are wrenches needed to raise the skids from using them as a stand to the depth of cut position?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    636,

    You mention wrenches needed to adjust the skids, is that just the operating height, or are wrenches needed to raise the skids from using them as a stand to the depth of cut position?
    Very nice Mullet! Andy Regarding the bolts on the "skid feet" mine are bolted also, on my John Deere tiller. You really don't change them that much, maybe once a year, so it's not really a big deal. I keep a couple adjustable wrenches in the tractor tool box anyway.... ~Scotty

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    Quote Originally Posted by andy b. View Post
    636,

    You mention wrenches needed to adjust the skids, is that just the operating height, or are wrenches needed to raise the skids from using them as a stand to the depth of cut position?
    This model doesn't have the kickstands like I've seen on other tillers. So to park it you have to put the skids back down otherwise it won't stay up... I swear the 60" at TSC had a kickstand, but I don't remember for sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty370 View Post
    Very nice Mullet! Andy Regarding the bolts on the "skid feet" mine are bolted also, on my John Deere tiller. You really don't change them that much, maybe once a year, so it's not really a big deal. I keep a couple adjustable wrenches in the tractor tool box anyway.... ~Scotty
    That's what I was thinking too. Does yours have leg that drop down to park yours?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 636mullet View Post
    That's what I was thinking too. Does yours have leg that drop down to park yours?

    -636
    I don't readjust the 'Skid Shoes' for parking. The unit just sits on the 'tines'. Thus, the 'Shoes' are 4-5" in the air! My unit I bought on E-Bay and I believe it was suppose to have a fold down parking leg to hold the front end up, much like a trailer parking stand. It was missing when I purchased it and I haven't replaced it. I usually just till Spring and Fall and the BH is on for the Summer. I don't have a Ballest Box, so I want either the Tiller or BH on for ballest for FEL use. ~Scotty
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    Very nice tiller!!

    I cut some would blocks to put under my Maletti 48" tiller skid shoes to keep it from 'face planting' due to sitting on the tines..... cause I do not re-adjust shoes for parking and rarely adjust them for tilling.... Deeper, faster the fluff is made, the better.

    The rear gate makes a natural kick-stand to keep it from rolling backwards......
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    Mine is sitting on the tailgate right now. It works, but I worry it'll tip forward. I'd like to make a cradle for it to sit in to keep it up off the ground. Just can't make it too tall or it won't lift it off.

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    636. You should copy the kickstand that KK has on their 60". It's pretty simple. Heck... You may be able to order one thru Kk
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    That's crazy enough it just might work!

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