Looks like great fun, James but many of us city gardeners wouldn't have room to turn that thing around at the end of a row..jal_ut wrote:[img]https://donce.lofthouse.com/jamaica/johndeeretill.jpg[/img]
Wanna borrow mine for 20 minutes?
HEHEHE, us guys and our toys.jal_ut wrote:[img]https://donce.lofthouse.com/jamaica/johndeeretill.jpg[/img]
Wanna borrow mine for 20 minutes?
Fair question. Just like gumbo, above, I am starting with some very undesirable conditions:soil wrote:why till the soil at all?
not much different than what i have to deal with, my soil is clay enough to where i can make fired pottery, and where they is no clay is almost solid slate rock. well actually that was before i started working at it, without a tiller. by using specific plants and the use of animals i have turned it halfway to black gold. give me a few more years and it will be there. without tilling the soil. clay soil is very rich in nutrients, what most clay soils lack are the proper soil biology to group it into clay/humus aggregates. which in turn increases the drainage and aeration of the soil. then come the worms and they do wonders.For me, it was a matter of necessity. My "soil" is mostly clay and even with a good tiller, it took me almost 3 days to get my garden turned over enough to add several truckloads of composted material and sand to help make it more suitable for an actual garden bed. That was back in the late 90's. Over the years and many, many more loads of compost and soil amendments, it is now much easier to deal with.
Two years ago I rented a front-tine Honda model from Home Depot, and I felt like I was fighting it throughout the entire 4-hour job.jal_ut wrote:You can get this one for your $500. [url=https://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_07129934000P?sid=IDx20070921x00003c&srccode=cii_10043468&cpncode=27-97411909-2]Click Here[/url]
That's an English model. I was hoping for something in metric.DoubleDogFarm wrote:I recommend this [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamworth_(pig)]tiller[/url] they range from $100.00 - $250.00.
I snooze; I lose. This was for sale on craiglist for $350 about an hour from me:DoubleDogFarm wrote:Barreto makes a nice hydraulic tiller, but it's just a tiller. For the money I would buy a BCS Two Wheel Tractor.
Not sure if you can buy a used base unit for $500. Maybe.
You're right, E-bay usually has quite a few tillers listed, however, I've found them to be way too far away to make it practical to buy and the sellers won't ship due to weight and size. Craigs List is the better solution for the local buyer, but there's just not as many listed on there.Yellowsnow wrote:I would think that you could find a used troy bilt horse for $500 or a tad more. Ebay has a few when I just did a fast search. I use one and it is a dirt chewing monster. Though I do enjoy the kubota tractor with a 3pt tiller a little more.
That is true. Most of them seem to be east coast that I could find. Basically just wanted to give the OP another tiller idea to search for. The Troy Bilt's are good machines.gumbo2176 wrote:You're right, E-bay usually has quite a few tillers listed, however, I've found them to be way too far away to make it practical to buy and the sellers won't ship due to weight and size. Craigs List is the better solution for the local buyer, but there's just not as many listed on there.Yellowsnow wrote:I would think that you could find a used troy bilt horse for $500 or a tad more. Ebay has a few when I just did a fast search. I use one and it is a dirt chewing monster. Though I do enjoy the kubota tractor with a 3pt tiller a little more.
That's a strong endorsement! I just put a few questions out to the seller. And then I have to figure out a way to pick it upDoubleDogFarm wrote:I would buy this tiller over any new Troy Bilt. I beleive Jal_ut owns one.
Thanks for the tips.jal_ut wrote:The handle bars come right off, one screw, no tools needed, so it is not very tall with those off. I think you can put it in a minivan if the seats fold down. I used to load mine with a 30 inch wide x 8 feet long piece of 3/4 plywood for a ramp. Just run it up the ramp. Worked good for a truck, but may be a tough proposition in a minivan. I don't know how much it weighs, but a couple of stout guys could probably just pick it up and load it. Do you have a trailer hitch? A trailer would be a good option. A toy hauler trailer with the ramp as part of the trailer would be the ticket. Here you can rent such a trailer.
I told the rental company about this when I returned the unit this morning, and they said that I was probably just tilling too deeply. I suppose that's possible, except that I tilled the exact same field with a similar Barreto 1320 last year, and last year's model was only 13 hp vs. the 16 hp. model I rented this year. Last year I stalled only once, and that was when I ran over a rubber horse mat.TheWaterbug wrote:The tilling went pretty well, except that the one I rented this year kept stalling on me. I probably started it 50 times today.
I have a line on an "early 90s" Troy Bilt Pony for $500.DoubleDogFarm wrote:Yellow,
I would buy this tiller over any new Troy Bilt. I beleive Jal_ut owns one.
That's pretty amazing that a hard-driving piece of equipment will run for 40+ years.jal_ut wrote:I got my Troybilt Horse in the late 70s. It is a great machine. I still use it. I wore out the original 6 HP engine. I got an 8 HP Briggs and put on it. The added 2 HP is a good investment.
Well, the Craftsman sold before I got a chance to look at it, so I think I'm going to make the long trek tomorrow and see the Pony.TheWaterbug wrote:There's also a "Craftsman Rear Tine Roto Tiller 6.5 HP 17" Tine Width $375 OBO LIKE NEW."
This one is also 25 minutes from me instead of an hour and a half.
Are the older ones really that much better than new ones?
Yes, it's been unused for years. Thanks for the advice, but I already dropped it off at the repair shop this morning.bcallaha wrote:Has the tiller been sitting for some time without use? It could be that the carb is gummed up and sticking.
Hooray! [url=https://www.yelp.com/biz/andys-lawnmower-shop-torrance]Andy's Lawnmower Shop[/url] rebuilt the carburetor for $59, and now it runs great!TheWaterbug wrote:I already dropped it off at the repair shop this morning.