Langkampfen, 01.09.2011

New: VIKING HB 560 Tiller

Robust partner for tilling operations

New: VIKING HB 560 Tiller

The HB 560 tiller is a further development from VIKING's own engineers, in which the gardening power tool manufacturer and member of the STIHL Group offers discerning amateur gardeners an innovative and technically-sophisticated machine for tilling operations. A powerful engine, many fine details and a host of ergonomic plus points greatly facilitate working.  

Every gardener appreciates finely crumbled soil. The VIKING HB 560 tiller provides practical support here and saves hard, time-consuming manual labour with a spade or hoe. Thanks to the special blade geometry, it is also ideally suited to hard, compacted soils. The topsoil is thus loosened, aerated and made permeable to water. The tiller can be relied upon to do the all-important preparatory work when laying new beds. Weeding is also made easy. The tiller works the organic material into the soil, where it decomposes. The standard width of 60 centimetres is suitable for tilling large areas and for applications, such as nurseries, viticulture and landscape gardening. The relationship between hoe set width and engine size results in optimal power and tilling performance, even under difficult conditions.

Ergonomic advantages: good for users

The VIKING engineers pursued a single goal right from the start. The device was to be as user-friendly as possible, while also offering excellent performance and a long service life. That starts with the ergonomic design of the handlebar. It can be set to three different heights with just one manual action. The side adjustment to the right or left is just as easy to perform. This is useful when the gardener does not wish to walk on the freshly turned over soil behind the tiller. However, even with the handle bar fixed at one side, the tiller still holds a straight line. Braking is via the adjustable brake spur with three settings, which is easily accessible in the operating area. VIKING has also made a particular effort when it comes to vibration. The special blades penetrate the soil in a cutting rather than a chopping action. This results in the tiller running more smoothly and with less vibration. Anti-vibration elements between the handlebar and gearbox housing greatly facilitate working. They cushion vibration efficiently. This is pleasant for the user, who can operate the machine for longer periods without fatigue.

The safe drive feeling and energy-saving manoeuvring of the tiller result from a well-balanced weight distribution. The low centre of gravity of the machine also contributes to this. An additional reverse gear also increases convenience. For problem-free operation under demanding conditions, the machine is equipped with a petrol filter and an air filter with preliminary filter. A powerful Kohler Courtage XT6 engine with OHV technology guarantees enduring performance. The Smart Choke easy start system means that the tiller always starts with ease.

Uncompromising in material quality, safety and serviceability

For working under harsh conditions, VIKING relies on extremely robust components. These include a forged crankshaft and a cylinder liner made from steel. The robust gearbox housing made from aluminium, the worm shaft in hardened steel and the worm gear made from bronze alloy also guarantee a long service life. Machine components that are subjected to extreme forces, such as the mountings of the brake spur, chassis and accessories to the gearbox housing, were constructed for particular stability.

The HB 560 bears the GS mark of approval. This certifies that the tiller complies with the requirements of machine and product safety legislation. In order to protect the user against foreign objects, the robust housing has been equipped with a sturdy cover and double-walled, polymer impact protectors, for example. To prevent operating errors, VIKING has provided the control lever for forward and reverse gear with an automatic safety interlock. If the gardener selects forward gear, reverse gear is blocked and vice versa. In order that the user always has the machine under control, the handlebar grips are covered with non-slip rubber. All this provides for safe working.

Two wheels are provided at the rear of the tiller to enable easy transport. The user simply needs to tilt the machine backwards slightly using the handlebar, so that the blades are no longer in contact with the soil. The wheel design also proves its worth in the cleaning position. For this purpose, the tiller is tilted fully to the rear and brought into the vertical position. The handle strip on the housing facilitates handling. The tiller is now in a stable position and the hoe set is at an agreeable working height. Soil and plant residues can be quickly and conveniently removed. Practical: the handlebar can be folded for space-saving storage.

In the design of the new tillers, serviceability was also a high priority at VIKING. The specialist dealers have been specially trained and are familiar with all maintenance operations on the machine. Good service also includes the fact that all spare parts will be available for ten years. That guarantees a long service life.

Upgrading with the accessories range

A range of accessories is available from VIKING for versatile tiller applications. The ridger with cast-iron wheels enables use on ridged beds such as in potato cultivation. For working on difficult terrain, additional weights of 2x 9 kilograms are available from VIKING. The snorkel system ensures that the engine continues to be supplied with sufficient clean air under dusty working conditions.

Model HB 560
Engine Kohler Courtage XT6 OHV
Standard working width 60 cm
Handlebar height adjustment 3 settings
Drive 1 forward gear, 1 reverse gear
Hoe set diameter 32 cm
Gearbox Belt gearbox / worm gear unit
Weight 44 kg

Accessories: Ridger with cast-iron wheels, additional weights of 9 kg each, snorkel system

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