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There is a lot of interest today in what used to be called "Truck Gardens"... maybe still are called truck gardens, but at any rate there are a lot of acreage gardens. In the "old days", before chemicals to control unwanted growth in a garden, it was necessary to cultivate in order to control "weeds" (definition of 'weeds' is any plant growth that is unwanted in the location where it now presides). We have now come full cycle and the marketing concept of "all natural", "chemical free", etc. and other similar terminology are selling points to indicate "healthier", "better taste", etc. It is not my intention to discuss the benefits, or the reality of such concepts, but if that is what is important in marketing, then it is necessary to "cultivate". Thus, our Riding Cultivator.
Garden tillers are great between the row to control weed growth, but what about "in the row" where our plants are growing?.. That is what cultivators do... they move the dirt into the row and around our plantings, and cover the unwanted plants (weeds).
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The little tractor pictured (below) was manufactured by Grand Haven in Michigan in the 1950s and was promoted at the time as a "truck garden" tractor. This tractor was the forerunner of the Allis Chalmers model G and the John Deere model L (pictured on the right).

Today's takeoffs of the Allis Chalmers model G are manufactured by Tuff-Bilt in Nebraska (price range $16000) and the Saukville, which is manufactured by Saukville in Michigan (price range over $10000) and the BOSCO MUT manufactured in Wisconsin (NOTE: both of these latter companies are now defunct, out of business, or have otherwise been sold to another company.) I believe that a model can be manufactured in the range below these aforementioned and just plain garden tractors that really are not - "garden tractors"... at least they can not cultivate (at least to my knowledge). The engine size should be equivalent to 20 hp more/less and may be rear mounted, as example models noted earlier. The original Grand Haven was less than 10 hp. Today, a model with 20 hp more/less would be very cost effective and would be very practical for a wide range of applications, but primarily as a cultivating model.
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The current design should be simplistic and would not necessarily include any power steering, nor hydraulics (future option?). It could use manual lifts that would be "spring assist". Locomotion would most likely be from a hydrostatic transmission or hydro-gear wheel motors ...not sure about the design of the braking system otherwise. The integration of the hydro-gear wheel motors also eliminates the need for a steering system and can easily be steered via the joy stick control* that is used by the hydrostatic transmission (hydro-wheel motors). This is an extremely simple design with a basic frame with a driver seat and control stick, free wheeling front gauge wheels, and a motor. Certainly more design would be required, but the overall design should be "simple".

The wheel base width should be telescoping from 48" to 60" and that would accommodate 24" to 30" rows, although it could have some level of adjustment. The clearance should be 16 to 20" more/less.

Future options could be a PTO of some kind. The primary accessory equipment would be for cultivation, but also (at some point) a planter (lister ?) for seeds and maybe potatoes, plow, disc, other attachments as deemed practical.

(*): Control Box to be designed
NOTE: The images included herein are for reference purposes and not intended to be a "final" design.
More design and testing to be performed....
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