VARI Modular System 🚜 [Garden Tractor]

in #homesteading3 years ago (edited)

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VARI Modular System

There is one Machine I have not introduced yet. It's our Garden Tractor. It's small, uses very little fuel and gets the job done. But 2 weeks ago in a middle of taking support posts to the Root cellar it stopped and wouldn't start anymore and I have no idea why.

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Felt like fuel has ended, so I added some more. Nothing changed and no amount of pulling (it starts with pull cord) would start it. It was working fine on previous weekends, did a lot of work with it and now all of a sudden it dies on me. It was my last trip for the day and it stopped in the middle of it.

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Swing Plough

So, I tried to fix it on the spot. With mosquitoes viciously attacking. My hands were bitten badly (I must clarify, you city people think bitten badly is 1 mosquito. No, it was hundreds! my hands were all with bite marks :) that's bitten badly.). After the usual inspection, everything seemed fine. But it still would not start.

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I had to ask Mrs. Sail (who at this point was running in circles to keep the mosquitoes away) to help me with carrying heavy posts to the root cellar, she was not happy about it.

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Pushed the tractor back to the garage and left the fixing for another time.

Thought the spark plug was not giving any sparks after inspecting it. What I didn't know was that you have to put it against the body of tractor for it to give the sparks.


This weekend I was at it again and I Did manage to fix the tractor. Nothing was really broken. Just the spark plug was a bit dirty and didn't give enough sparks I suppose. After installing New spark plug, it started with first pull. It was magic.

Will try to upload a video of Hilling Potatoes that I did this weekend.

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I guess this is more of an update than an introduction. I have had this modular tractor system for under a year now and it has help a lot already. It has trailer that helps take the weeds away from garden. And can handle all of the necessary jobs that have to be done in the garden. To list some of the implements:

  • Plough - a curved tillage tool that slices into the ground, pulls the ground up and turns it over to make the furrows every farmer is familiar with.
  • Rototiller - Rotary tillers are unsurpassed for breaking new ground, breaking up large soil clumps, digging furrows, and mixing in soil amendments, compost, and cover crops.
  • Different cultivators - serves for soil breaking and spring loosening after the autumn ploughing.
  • Potato hiller - serves for preparation of hills for planting potatoes. After planting the potatoes it also covers them with this soil again.
  • Digging share - potato digger serves for potato digging. Duh...
  • Spike-tooth harrow - serves for partial soil smoothing and most of all for taking out the weeds
  • Passive hoe - used to undercut or fallow the weeds between the rows - it replaces a weeding hoe
  • And many other implements exist for this modular system.

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Spike-tooth harrow

I do not have all the implements, just have the ones I thought I would need. And I needed 4 more things that I am getting this summer. More on that next month. Hope you found this interesting. There will be more updates coming soon.

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Thanks for sharing your garden tractor. Here in the Philippines the most conventional way of plowing fields and working on the farm is by using a Carabao.

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I've never seen anything like this. Most of the folks around here have either "lawn-and-garden tractors" (which is like an over-sized riding lawnmower with a more powerful engine), or else a full-sized farm tractor. Very cool thing you have there! Thanks for sharing this with #steemitbloggers

Wow - that's an awesome system, especially for a smaller farm.

Yes. It does come in handy. Perfect for small to medium garden

Yes. It does come in
Handy. Perfect for small to
Medium garden

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Very versatile! I have even seen these used as emergency modes of transport = Hitch up a light and small trailer and youv got some transport... Although for the size of this one i am not so sure of the range.

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That is lucky that the spark plug was the only issue and usually they aren't that much for a new one. Glad you got it fixed.

Yeah, it was like 3,50. Thanks for stopping by!

Wow well written and lots of info you put. We dont use that here though. Hmmm. Haha

Thank goodness just the spark plug faulty, or else not sure how much need to spend for fixing!

It's great that your tractor works again!

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