The New Tractor Goes For Its First Exercise

I finally have done all I could to the new tractor before taking it out for a trial. Today, after a trip to town, I fired it up on the driveway and tried it out.

There were still a couple of small bugs:

  • there’s a leak of oil from the cylinder head for a few minutes during warming up – I will check the head bolts or change the gasket
  • the tractor is nose-heavy – I will add some weight to the handles
  • the right steering control did not disengage well – I adjusted it and it is better but still the machine steers a bit to the right
  • the clutch is not disengaged at the “disengage” position – I will have to recheck that…

I rolled it around the driveway for a half an hour. It was hard work keeping it balanced and straight so I was tired afterwards but it’s nearly ready for the garden. A break-in period of 30 minutes per gear could take all day tomorrow but I should finally get the plough dirty. I’m not sure what gear I was in because the high/low shift lever is labelled in Chinese. I was in the lowest gear in some range and barely approached half-speed on the engine… ;-). I’ll try the other range tomorrow with a wagon in tow. I don’t fancy running along behind. The high range is nearly four times as fast.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to The New Tractor Goes For Its First Exercise

  1. DrLoser wrote, ““Its,” Robert.”

    Thanks. I always have trouble with words that sound the same… Fixed it.

  2. DrLoser says:

    “Its,” Robert.
    Not “It’s.” And particularly not in a headline.

  3. dougman says:

    With that plow attachment you could remove the plow add a subsoiler to it instead.

    For my tractor, I intend to build my own roll-crimper attach it to the loader and drag a subsoil seeder.

  4. dougman wrote, “No seat? What about the tiller?”

    The rotary tilling attachment does have a seat. I could probably figure out a way to use it with the plough. That would be cool because the depth of ploughing could be more readily controlled. The plough has a nice feature, that the position behind the tractor can be set over a wide range laterally, so I can avoid things at edges.

  5. dougman says:

    No seat? What about the tiller?

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