OK, I have a guy coming with a backhoe and chainsaw to remove all my trees that were destroyed this winter.... he has awesome prices.... He is taking down 8 trees, and hauling them away for $400..... I asked him, since he was going to be here with his backhoe anyway, what he would charge me to bust up the ground for me for a vegetable garden expansion.
He said he charges $75 per hour for him to backhoe, and that he could have my garden area "broken up", as he called it, in about an hour..... I am looking at 8 feet by 20 feet. Maybe 12 x 20...... I need to mark it out to see what that does to my yard before I decide.
I have been wanting to buy a Mantis Tiller off and on for several years. This year I can afford it if I want to go that route. But then I started thinking maybe I should just rent a tiller to "finish" what he will do with his backhoe. I have no idea what a tiller will rent for per day. I imagine under $50. The Mantis tiller I want will cost $400. With the ground already broken up, I am sure the Mantis would do a great job. ( I was concerned about how it would do with a new garden, as the Mantis is so small and lightweight )
I think the $75 is well worth it...... do you agree?
And then, rent or buy a tiller?