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.