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3 point hitch tiller

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Robert Hampton

11-15-2011 03:48:08
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was thinking of getting a tiller to work up my garden. please share pros and cons of 3 point hitch tillers, brands,ect.




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Maxwell99

11-16-2011 21:52:05
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
I borrowed my neighbors 5 ft tiller for a few years, worked behind my TO-35 Fergy.

Worked good, ground always looked great when I when over it a couple of times with the tiller.

But, there seems to always be a but.

The tiller works up the ground very fine, planted my garden, if you get a rain before the plant come up, the ground packs hard, much worse than working up the ground with a disk.

I when back to the disk, my JD corn planter has rubber boots or pads attached to the rear pack wheels, so it smooths and packs the ground fine, corn comes up good.

other items are planted with one of those earth way planters, it also packs ground fine and garden comes right up.

no more problem with ground being packed so.

But i will give the tiller its due, ground sure looks good when you use the tiller.

nice toy, but not necessary to grow a good garden. I still have to plow and disk.

get wire or weeds wrapped around that thing and you will be there awhile.

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Ken Sweet

11-16-2011 10:47:48
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
You will be better satisfied with a Geardrive tiller with a slip clutch rather than chaindrive. Tarter made in the USA are good tillers. Phoenix made in Italy are good tillers. The Tarter will be less $. Ken Sweet



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John730D

11-16-2011 17:12:12
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Ken Sweet, 11-16-2011 10:47:48  
King Kutter is a gear drive w/ slip clutch



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chevytaHOE5674

11-16-2011 04:57:24
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to 1130Leo, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
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Except when you hit a really hard spot of dirt or sod and you want it to get chewed up. You just stop and let the tiller grind away at it for a few seconds and then you continue on your merry way once its done. Also easier to get the tiller running and up to speed before you start forward travel with a live or independent PTO.



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chevytaHOE5674

11-15-2011 15:11:44
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
My dad has a Woods SGT80 (6.5' tilling width) that he pulls behind a Case IH 695 with an 8 speed transmission. He has slow enough gears to allow the tiller to work.
It does a good job as a single pass tillage machine and will easily till 7-8" deep.


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John730D

11-15-2011 14:53:54
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
I've got a 5 ft. King Kutter on the back of my John Deere 855. About 24 hp w/hydrastat. Works great considering I am a little light on the tractor. As far as turning the soil over to reduce a hard pan, I can till as deep as you would normally plow. I can go 8 in. in one pass. Because the skid shoes sink in on the second pass, I can go about 10 in. In the spring, I set the skid shoes for 2 in. and end up with about 3 in depth. Just right for planting, and you are not drying out the soil by tilling to deep.

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Robert Morris

11-15-2011 14:12:41
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
I have used three point tillers for years for various situations, mostly food plots. However, you still need to turn your ground every other year or two because tilling every year promotes hard pan.



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2x4

11-15-2011 12:55:40
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
my 5' Bush Hog tiller works great.



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paul

11-15-2011 06:54:01
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
Good deal, as mentioned depends on tractor, many slow speeds is great, live or independent pto makes life much funner with most powered 3pt tools.

A Ford 8N or similar with tranny pto and few forward gears too fast makes it marginal to even try.

--->Paul



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Brendon-KS

11-15-2011 18:48:31
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to paul, 11-15-2011 06:54:01  
A tiller is one of the few implements that I can think of that might actually be easier to use and no less productive with a transmission-driven PTO. If you clutch to stop in the middle of the garden (to remove a rock or whatever) it is nice to have the tiller stop right away to so it doesn't dig a hole. There really isn't a need to have the tiller continue to run when the tractor is stopped.



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paul

11-16-2011 07:45:15
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Brendon-KS, 11-15-2011 18:48:31  
That's true. A little nicer starting out, and I sometimes will stop and grind on a tree sapling root, but mostly not as big a deal with a tiller.

I prefer live pto over independent pto for some tasks for just the reson you say.

--->Paul



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Maxwell99

11-15-2011 04:21:21
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to Robert Hampton, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
what make of tractor do you have,

for the tiller to work proper, you need a tractor that has a very slow low gear.

my t0-35 will work one ok, as it has the 6 sp transmission.

however, my neighbors newer model little mf with 12 speed trans and 4 wheel drive was a perfect power unit for the 5ft tiller,



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Tx Jim

11-15-2011 03:52:55
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 Re: 3 point hitch tiller in reply to ambry farms in MI, 11-15-2011 03:48:08  
I've owned a King Kutter ll bought from TSC for years. The tines are getting fairly worn but tiller has had no problems.



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