Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by MikeT, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. MikeT

    MikeT LawnSite Member
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    I'm considering buying a rear tine tiller for renovating smaller compacted areas where amendments are needed and core aeration isn't enough. Had a Troy-Bilt years ago but I understand they're not the same since being bought out. Any opinions on quality machines out there? Thanks.

    Mike T.
  2. Powell Skid Steer & Landscaping

    Powell Skid Steer & Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    yes, BCS. Its the best
  3. MikeT

    MikeT LawnSite Member
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    Thanks, Powell! I'll check them out.
  4. I had a troy bilt and this past year bought a Honda and am happy with the results.
  5. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Be sure you are aware--if you rototill turf--you end up with a lot of clumps of sod you have to remove. You may need to use a sod cutter first.
  6. MikeT

    MikeT LawnSite Member
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    Good point, Riggle. Thanks!
  7. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    It will create a bigger mess IMO. It would be better to aerate the turf repeatedly than to till. I have a Plugr 850HD and if I go over a section of turf with 4 passes it is pretty well chewed up and then you can top dress etc.

    I have a Troy Bilt Horse that was manufactured after MTD took over. Fit and finish is not the same as back in the old day of Garden Way but it is basically the same machine at the core.

    It really depends how much tilling you will do and how big of an area you will regularly till? Troy Horse model is fine for small gardens but way to slow for commercial use on large areas.
  8. ponyexpress976

    ponyexpress976 LawnSite Member
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    I have a bcs...and it's great. It's more like the old time two wheeled tractors, I also have a sickle bar cutter on it. Plenty of other attachments as well if you need. Works great for bed installs as well.

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