Can anyone recommend a good rear tine tiller?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by New2TheGreenIndustry, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    I'd love to find a used Honda for under a grand, but can't guarantee that will happen. Any other recs out there for rear tine tillers?
     
  2. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    I'm a fan of the old Garden Way designed Troy Built Horse model. This is how I started in the biz hence the screen name. The ones made by MTD last I knew are roughly the same but lacked the fit and finish of the older ones. PTO model are safer in transport.
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  3. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    One like this???

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  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The tillers are all built by Artisan, and from what I understand, you'll find tillers built ONLY by Artisan... check that Honda one and see if it is Artisan and only a Honda engine makes the difference...
     
  5. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes. Fair amount of fiddle factor with the belt adjustment but I still like the tiller. The bumper engine guard is a must to the engine and safety of operation. I would not run one without it ever.
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  6. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is the Honda I would love to pick-up. It's the one I always pay like $100 bucks a day to rent and very stout.

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  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Never used the Honda myself. Few years back I rented a Baretto and I was not impressed. Tines would stop in hard ground, much harder on the back stain wise. I would not even consider running one now.

    The BCS tillers look appealing. On of my clients I aerate for has one...I should demo it this spring.
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  8. robert@honda

    robert@honda LawnSite Member
    from Atlanta
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    Home Depot Rental shops have the big Honda FRC800, and sell 'em off after a few years. Most are well-maintained (oil/filter changes) and might need some new tines or tires, and can be had a lot less than new.

    The FRC800 has been in production for a while, and parts are in-stock (or can be ordered) form any Honda dealer.

    -Robert@Honda
    Caveat: I work for Honda, but the preceding is my opinion alone.
     
  9. New2TheGreenIndustry

    New2TheGreenIndustry LawnSite Senior Member
    from GA
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    Hey Robert.....Any idea of cost on a used rental unit locally? I'm seeing $1,100-$1,600 on ebay. Also, would I go direct to the rental department?
     
  10. Son's Lawn Maintenance LLC

    Son's Lawn Maintenance LLC LawnSite Member
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    Honda all the way!!
     

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