Honda Tilling Tips with ESTER

fg110Honda’s full line of lawn and garden equipment can handle any sized job ranging from residential maintenance to commercial projects. Honda soil tillers come in three variations; the mini-tiller, the mid-tine, and rear-tine. As with all of Honda’s lawn and garden equipment, Honda tillers are engineered and designed to the highest commercial standards possible resulting in machinery which will provide durability, dependability, and performance every time.

For those using Honda tillers for the first time, Honda provides a series of tips to get the most out of your equipment. The tips are based on the acronym ESTER, which stands for:

* E – Evaluate the soil you plan on tilling. Is the area hard packed or loose soil?

* S – Set the tiller adjustments to the condition of the ground to be tilled. The depth bar, tine speed, throttles, and gear selection may have to be adjusted, depending on the Honda tiller model.

* T – Till a small portion of the total area.

* E – Evaluate the tiller’s performance in relation to the set adjustments.

* R – Reset the adjustments to maximize tilling performance.

The key for optimal tilling performance lies in dialing in each feature to adjust for what can be a wide range of conditions, even in a single area. Compensating for changing soil conditions can be done by making the following adjustments:

* The depth bar – In its “default” setting, the depth bar should be set so that the tiller leans slightly backward. The depth bar should be set lower for hard pack conditions and higher for softer soil.

* Tine speed – Tine speed can be adjusted by making adjustments in the throttle. Slowing down the engine speed will slow down the tines and tilling speed. Slower speeds tend to work better in soft soil conditions while operation at full throttle typically provides optimal results in hard packed soil.

* Gear selection – Engine and tine speed can also be adjusted via gear selection. Operation in high gear tends to chew up bigger chunks of soil which works best in soft or loose soil conditions. Smaller bites at a lower gear speed tends to provide better results in hard packed conditions.


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