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Old 06-25-2004, 01:38 AM
89Ranger 89Ranger is offline
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HI everyone,
I am getting started with this business and will be up and running next spring. I was just wondering if any of you guys use Tillers to rototill peoples gardens for them, and what kind of tiller u use. Also if u can will u please post a pic of the tilling setup u have. I thought about using a yard machine rear tine tiller. Do u think this is a good idea or just stay away from tilling?
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Old 06-28-2004, 03:15 AM
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Can Anyone plz help me?
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Old 06-28-2004, 03:49 PM
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i have a tiller i use for doing garden installs some lawn work if the soil is really bad. its an old school troy built that i inherited from a deceased family member. I dont' have a picture of it handy, but its a 6hp (i think) rear-tiller. don't get a front-tiller, they beat you up too much, the rear mount ones are much more forgiving.
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Old 06-28-2004, 10:37 PM
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I use a tiller ( MTD ) is does a decent job and I agree with BSDeality, get the back tine tiller, the front tine tiller will kill you.
I usually do about 10 gardens a year and it makes me a good little chunk of change.
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Old 06-29-2004, 12:52 AM
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Tilling gardens and lawns is how I got started way back. Sorry, I don't have any pictures for ya. I started with a Troy-Bilt Horse tiller, 8hp, rear tine (don't use a front tine, it will beat the livin daylights out you). I still use it to this day doing only gardens and also I use the Mantis mini tiller for those little ones. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-30-2004, 11:55 AM
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I offered tilling, but in my area there just was no demand so I sold my JD tractor and tiller.
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Old 06-30-2004, 04:26 PM
Loganwildman Loganwildman is offline
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I offer both Plowing and tilling and in the spring stay busy with it. It is interesting that some people don't mind paying, and others want it done for next to nothing.

I have both a small 5 horse Ace 16" rear tine, and a 60" for my tractor.

It depends on usage, but don't skimp and go with a rear tine. Also talk to dealers as some tine designs do better ripping up sod than others. My Ace sucks at ripping up sod, but does a great job on existing gardends. My next tiller will be most likey be a troy built if MTD doesn't cheapen them up to the point that they're no better than any other.
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