Noticed my rototiller was a bit out of wack after running between the rows of pumpkins. As with most of my equipment, I buy it used if I can find something that will work, and I've gotten pretty good at fixing stuff. (disclosure: I'm not actually the one fixing this one, my brother Bryan who's a lot better at metalwork than I am is actually doing the lions share, but same idea)
So what I do now is to make sure that before I park the implement it's in good working order in all respects; what's wrong with it is fresh and I can get to it relatively easily instead of trying to recall what the issue was 6 months or a year ago. Particularly for implements that you only use once a year or for a portion of a season and they sit there for the rest of the year.
With this implement; check the oil level in the transmission, grease it, make sure that the parts are in good working order and pressure wash it is the routine before parking it for the year. The pressure washing isn't really neccessary... but it is if you want to inspect the equipment. Particularly things like plows and rototillers -- stuff can get hidden under the dirt and you won't know about that crack or defect until the thing breaks. Better to catch it early.
The repairs on this particular tiller cost about $30; a little bit of flat stock, 8 bolts and washers and nuts, about 20 minutes of time. And it's good to go for another year.
3 weeks ago