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Old 04-03-2010, 05:42 AM   post #1 of 9
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Default John Deere 950 c/with Model 40 Rotary Tiller

Well I managed to find myself a Model 40 Rotary Tiller, fitting nicely on my John Deere 950. It's 60 inches wide and appears to have be made in heaven to fit the old girl. I lucked out by surfing the web and located at a local John Deere dealership. Paid $750 cdn, I grabbed it and ran out the door.

Question - I've ordered the manual, but was surprised to find that the dual side drive chains don't appear to have any lubricate oils or greasing points ?? Has anyone had any words of wisdom on the maintenance of this rotortiller.

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Old 04-09-2010, 05:09 AM   post #2 of 9
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Nothing ?? ... I quess I'm the only person interested in mantaining this vintage of Tillers !!
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Old 04-09-2010, 04:03 PM   post #3 of 9
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Default Re: John Deere 950 c/with Model 40 Rotary Tiller

I'll move this over to the compact tractor forum where folks may have an answer for you. You posted this in the lawn & garden tractor forum.
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I'll move this over to the compact tractor forum where folks may have an answer for you. You posted this in the lawn & garden tractor forum.
Nice catch Joe! That's a new tiller on me.
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Well I managed to find myself a Model 40 Rotary Tiller, fitting nicely on my John Deere 950. It's 60 inches wide and appears to have be made in heaven to fit the old girl. I lucked out by surfing the web and located at a local John Deere dealership. Paid $750 cdn, I grabbed it and ran out the door.

Question - I've ordered the manual, but was surprised to find that the dual side drive chains don't appear to have any lubricate oils or greasing points ?? Has anyone had any words of wisdom on the maintenance of this rotortiller.

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There should be a plug on the side of the chain case...

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That's the problem ... I can't seem to locate any such plug. I'm including a pic of the tiller taken while in the back of a Pickup.

The chain guard (one piece on each side) has what appears to be a tightener and a pivot block. I'm going to remove or loosen the tightener and see what's underneath ?? I've looked quickly, but maybe I've missed the obvious hidden hex plug??

I've got a manual ordered. I can't imagine the side chains running dry ??

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I can't imagine the side chains running dry ??

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My snowblower has a chain drive that run dry so it may be possible but I think it was wise to order the manual.
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That's the problem ... I can't seem to locate any such plug. I'm including a pic of the tiller taken while in the back of a Pickup.

The chain guard (one piece on each side) has what appears to be a tightener and a pivot block. I'm going to remove or loosen the tightener and see what's underneath ?? I've looked quickly, but maybe I've missed the obvious hidden hex plug??

I've got a manual ordered. I can't imagine the side chains running dry ??

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Is that tightener(?) down by the lower end of the chain guard?...If so, that is probably your fill point...
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It likely is a "dry" chain(s), just going from other makes i've seen.
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