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Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller?

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LonM

04-11-2014 17:07:44
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Our old troy-bilt econo-horse is pretty well worn out, and I want to eliminate the need of having another engine around to service, so I think our next tiller will be a mounted PTO powered one. Our smallest Category I tractor is a JD 3020 synchro-range. I think it will go slow enough in low. But what brands of tillers are built to last and easy to get parts for? We don't garden for anyone but our own family, but I like the idea of getting done fast so I can get the rest of the farming done... Four or five feet wide is kind of what I have in mind. Thank You for any input!
Lon

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powerscol

04-16-2014 19:24:50
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to Dieselrider, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
Lon - check out your local Agg equipment rental places to see what they rent out. My local dealer changed from Land Pride to Terrafource due to durability. I have a Terraforce YJR074 gear driven 74 inch unit. It is made by Ansung. It is heavy which in a tiller is a good thing. MY PTO power is only a little more than what you have, so check them out. Been two years and had zero issues. I got the unit used.

On thing is you will want the width to extend beyond your rear tire track if at all possible. Hope this helps

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rustyacres sd

04-14-2014 07:47:43
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
6' King Kutter on a MF135 Works great.



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MLD

04-14-2014 07:22:35
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
I have a used 5' King Kutter, works pretty good I guess. It's behind a 39hp Kubota with no problems. If your talking about the old school 3020 from 60's I think your going to want something 7' to 8', that's no small tractor.



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DelMN

04-13-2014 13:38:17
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
I use a 4 foot King Kutter on my New Holland TC33 compact, works great without any problems.



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agonair

04-13-2014 05:20:08
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
I have used a Rhino. Seems like a very tough unit. I use it on a Massey that has a creeper. If you run your tines at rated speed and can go as slow as you can it seems to work very nice.



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ShepFL

04-12-2014 17:52:14
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
What about Howard Rotavators? I did not see anyone mention them. With the select-o-tilth sounded like a nice rig.



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LonM

04-12-2014 13:21:54
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
Thank You all for the replies. I think it is going to come down to what I can find locally to find parts for, if I need to get it fixed.



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ih_bug

04-12-2014 09:48:39
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
agric or buhler would be my choices. all brands have cheaply built models and some have heavier built models. its one of those things that if your buying new you will tend to get what you pay for.



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Diydave

04-12-2014 04:34:38
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
Don't know if its still made, but my Befco has been going strong, for the last 20 years or so...



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Jeff In Wisconsin

04-12-2014 05:57:25
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to Diydave, 04-12-2014 04:34:38  
I have owned 3 king kutters in the last 12 years for the main reason is the price, but they are all gear driven and not chain. No problems with any.

5' for the ford 850
6' for the JD 850 utility
and now another 5' for the MF20

but doing the research on them I would like to try one that spins up and not down, it's said they do a much better job.



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Jeff In Wisconsin

04-12-2014 06:00:23
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to Jeff In Wisconsin, 04-12-2014 05:57:25  
Oops didn't mean to put this under you Diydave. :( sorry.



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Diydave

04-12-2014 17:27:15
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to Jeff In Wisconsin, 04-12-2014 06:00:23  
Problem is, even with the reverse tine tillers, I have yet to see a cultivator blade, sharpened on both sides...



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maxwell99

04-12-2014 04:19:21
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
I think the brand my neighbor let me borrow was a landpride, great tiller 5 ft.

Whatever brand you buy I would not assume the slip clutch on the drive shaft is properly set. On a rotary cutter if you hit something the blades have some kickback before you sheer a bolt or slip the clutch.

On a tiller there is no give when you catch a rock or big root in the tines, something has to give now!!!!

We caught a few things in that landpride and it Worked prefect, never any damage.

The slower ground speed the tractor will go and maintain the proper rpm the better.

We used the landpride with a TO35 Ferguson and a new little MF with a 12 speed transmission 4x4, it really worked good with the little ferry.

Wish I owned one.

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dcarp

04-11-2014 19:56:30
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
I've had a BushHog 5' tiller for about 15 years. Never had a problem with it. Changed the gearbox oil, greased it, all I've ever had to do. Works great.



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chevytaHOE5674

04-11-2014 18:46:27
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
My dad has a 7' Woods brand and he has had nothing but great luck with it.



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stevob671

04-11-2014 17:37:31
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
Back in '86 I bought a JD 550 new. Very surprisingly it was cheaper than some, but while not as cheap as the real cheap ones- it is heavier built than those as well. Ran $1530 with tax. Has a slip clutch, adjustable rear plate. I change the gear oil every few years, and grease it as recommended. So far I've put g rease and oil into it and nothing else! It can be off set somewhat, you may be able to cover one wheel track on your 3020. I run it on a Ford 1210 hydro so it covers both wheels.

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David G

04-11-2014 17:30:41
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to LonM, 04-11-2014 17:07:44  
I will buy Landpride equipment if I get chance to, second choice King Kutter.



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Tx Jim

04-11-2014 17:35:30
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to David G, 04-11-2014 17:30:41  
I've owned a King Kutter for over 10 yrs. Only parts it's needed is a new set of tines because the old tines were worn out.



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MikeinKy

04-11-2014 18:02:12
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 Re: Who makes a good 3-pt rototiller? in reply to Tx Jim, 04-11-2014 17:35:30  
Maschio, they make several different brands.



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