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Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 133637Post gdb
Sun Dec 07, 2008 12:40 pm

Two wheeled tractors?!

These are new to me.

They sound an ideal all round small scale tool for land clearance and maintenance.

They look a bit like a rotavator with wheels as opposed to just spikes. But they are bigger tougher monsters than rotavators. And have all sorts of attachements - can plough, saw timber, shove stuff around, tow cars...

Does anyone here have experience and/or advice on these? What are they like to use? What are the essential requirements? Which the best model(s)?
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Re: Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 133641Post contadino
Sun Dec 07, 2008 2:17 pm

With my rotavator, you can remove the tines and the J-hook and replace them with all sorts, and you can get a wealth of attachments. I have wheels, rollers, a big kind of rake thing (all pretty specialist stuff for looking after olive trees) and the next thing I'm after is a potato lifter. You can get water pumps for spraying crops, ploughs, a cool saddle/trailor contraption for moving stuff around, etc..

I look after about 5 hectares of land using just my rotavator and I could probably take on another 3 hectares if I wanted. They're much cheaper and economical to run than a full-on tractor, and they don't compact the ground in the same way.

However, I'm not sure how deep I'd be able to plough with it - maybe no deeper than 30cm, and occasionally a full-on tractor would be useful for things like pulling dead trees out. Jobs where you need more traction.

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Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:41 pm

Hmmm.. interesting. What modeal and what kind of HP is that?

I've only ever really heard bad reports about rotavators. And I'd hate to have to half shove half tow a thing around all day, I want it to more or less drag me across the field!
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Re: Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 133651Post jenko
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:01 pm

gdb wrote:Two wheeled tractors?!

These are new to me.

They sound an ideal all round small scale tool for land clearance and maintenance.

They look a bit like a rotavator with wheels as opposed to just spikes. But they are bigger tougher monsters than rotavators. And have all sorts of attachements - can plough, saw timber, shove stuff around, tow cars...

Does anyone here have experience and/or advice on these? What are they like to use? What are the essential requirements? Which the best model(s)?
i'm into vintage tractors, as a little hobby, and i buy a magazine, called tractor and machinery, from my newsagents, there is always little bargains in the classiefied, just like what you are looking for, try one of them.

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Post: # 133670Post gdb
Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:54 pm

Thanks Jenko.

Unfortunately for me I'm in Sweden. I dont like to think of the costs of bringing one over from the UK....

But I'll have a look around the 2nd hand stuff here.
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Re: Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 133679Post contadino
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:49 am

gdb wrote:Hmmm.. interesting. What modeal and what kind of HP is that?

I've only ever really heard bad reports about rotavators. And I'd hate to have to half shove half tow a thing around all day, I want it to more or less drag me across the field!
Around here, you only hear bad reports about tractors! :lol:

Mine's made by a local company, Diesse. Their site is here - it's all in Italian I'm afraid. Look under motozappe. Mine'a a DS90, which I think relates to the size of the engine. 11hp rings a bells but I may be wrong. Similar products are made by companies all over the world.

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Re: Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 133681Post moocher
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:10 am

jenko wrote:
gdb wrote:Two wheeled tractors?!

These are new to me.

They sound an ideal all round small scale tool for land clearance and maintenance.

They look a bit like a rotavator with wheels as opposed to just spikes. But they are bigger tougher monsters than rotavators. And have all sorts of attachements - can plough, saw timber, shove stuff around, tow cars...

Does anyone here have experience and/or advice on these? What are they like to use? What are the essential requirements? Which the best model(s)?
i'm into vintage tractors, as a little hobby, and i buy a magazine, called tractor and machinery, from my newsagents, there is always little bargains in the classiefied, just like what you are looking for, try one of them.
i used to own 2 mayfields, one sidevalve and one overhead,had to sell them when i split with the first missus about 12 years ago,i was gutted.

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Post: # 133686Post Odsox
Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:07 am

I have an old Howard 350 rotavator which can also take other tools including a plough and a ridger for earthing up potatoes, you can also fit a trailer (tipper or flat bed) although I don't have one. The trailer has a seat at the front and you steer by pushing the rotavator handle left or right.

According to the manual the engine is ... 266cc with 5.3 bhp at 3600 rpm
It has a gearbox with 2 forward speeds and one reverse and the speeds are ...
1st - 1.2 kph to 2.5 kph (0.75 mph - 1.65 mph)
2nd - 4 kph to 8.2 kph (2.5 mph - 5 mph)
Reverse 2 kph to 4 kph (1.25 mph - 2.5 mph)
Tony

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Re: Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 133785Post gdb
Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:58 pm

Theres obviously much more to this than meets the eye.

I thought a tractor was a tractor - you know, like the ones made by Matchbox only bigger... - but I'll have to look into all a bit more....
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Re: Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 135009Post jenko
Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:16 pm

gdb wrote:Thanks Jenko.

Unfortunately for me I'm in Sweden. I dont like to think of the costs of bringing one over from the UK....

But I'll have a look around the 2nd hand stuff here.
oh right farenough mate

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Re: Two wheeled tractors

Post: # 135011Post jenko
Sun Dec 21, 2008 12:17 pm

moocher wrote:
jenko wrote:
gdb wrote:Two wheeled tractors?!

These are new to me.

They sound an ideal all round small scale tool for land clearance and maintenance.

They look a bit like a rotavator with wheels as opposed to just spikes. But they are bigger tougher monsters than rotavators. And have all sorts of attachements - can plough, saw timber, shove stuff around, tow cars...

Does anyone here have experience and/or advice on these? What are they like to use? What are the essential requirements? Which the best model(s)?
i'm into vintage tractors, as a little hobby, and i buy a magazine, called tractor and machinery, from my newsagents, there is always little bargains in the classiefied, just like what you are looking for, try one of them.
i used to own 2 mayfields, one sidevalve and one overhead,had to sell them when i split with the first missus about 12 years ago,i was gutted.
i feel sorry for you, ive grown very attcached to my fordson super major tractor

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