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rear tine tiller?

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George Marsh

07-14-2012 08:38:58

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Been looking on craig'slist for a rear tine tiller. It seems that for a little more, I can buy a new one.

I know the troy builts are near the top of the line and so is their price.

What should I look for or avoid in the lower priced tillers, brands, counter rotating, forward rotating, reverse rotating? Would like to get a tiller around 16-18 inches and use it to till the garden each spring.

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07-15-2012 05:32:53

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to George Marsh, 07-14-2012 08:38:58  
I'm in New Jersey, and I am going to sell my (deceased) Dad's Troy-Bilt Horse.

If you are nearby, and would like more info, you can e-mail me at:
Lucenbruce (at) msn (dot) com

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George Marsh

07-15-2012 14:57:46

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to cwtech, 07-15-2012 05:32:53  
Thanks, but the freight to Terre Haute, In would be way too much.

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07-14-2012 16:32:39

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to George Marsh, 07-14-2012 08:38:58  
George, try a barretto tiller, 13 HP honda, all hyd drive. Will chew up a troy built, and spit out a couple of mantises (manti?) There are a couple videos of them on You tube!

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El Toro

07-14-2012 14:03:57

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to George Marsh, 07-14-2012 08:38:58  

I've had about 30 Troy Bilts since the late 70's.
I had 4 new ones and sold them and I bought some that needed work and sold them. This was the last tiller I bought in 2005 for $100.00. It had the 6hp Tecumseh engine and I sold it for $65.00. I bought a 10hp B&S engine from the smallengine warehouse in 2006 with electric start. I had to replace the seals under the tine holders and I had to replace the tines. I don't use the tiller on the garden until I've plowed it. I use a cover crop of barley or rye
and I plow that under. I use the tiller after plowing. It will save your tines. Still have the same tines I installed 6 years ago. I also painted the tiller in 2006 and is always sheltered. Here's a pic of the tractor with the plow and the tiller. Hal

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George Marsh

07-14-2012 15:54:08

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to El Toro, 07-14-2012 14:03:57  
I've searched craig'slist using searchtempest. No troy built bargins...No real bargins..used prices are close to new prices on off brand tillers. So if I were to buy something new and it's not a tory built, which ones should I buy?


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El Toro

07-15-2012 06:01:03

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to George Marsh, 07-14-2012 15:54:08  

The BCS tillers are suppose to be the Cadillac of tillers. They're very pricey too. I never owned one. Hal

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07-14-2012 11:08:27

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to George Marsh, 07-14-2012 08:38:58  
The new Troy built's are not any thing like the old ones. The new ones are no longer owned or made like they where in the 70s. If I where you I would keep my eyes out for one of the older troy's even if it needs an engine. I have one that my dad got new in 1972 and is on its 2nd engine and 3rd or 4th transmission but my dad did till up a couple acres a year with it for well over 2 decades

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07-14-2012 09:23:45

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 Re: rear tine tiller? in reply to George Marsh, 07-14-2012 08:38:58  
My old Craftsman has tines that rotate the same way as the wheels and no speed variation between the wheels and the tines. Don't get one like that if you're doing any hard ground breaking, the tines get a hold of something hard and either break the drive chain OR start pushing/ bouncing the whole unit across the top of the sod. It's a big heavy machine but if you're braking sod with it you can only cut about 2" of depth at a time, you keep on going back and forth until you have the depth you want then you can start working to break the clods and sod lumps.

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