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Should I buy a rototiller

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Nomowastro, May 18, 2007.

  1. Nomowastro

    Nomowastro LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    does anyone think buying a rototiller is a good investment? or should i just keep renting ?
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Senior Moderator
    Posts: 6,074

    we've rented rototillers in the past, but then we found a used one that we picked up. if you can find a used one that is in good conditon, that's the way to go. you'll find a rototiller will come in handy a lot.
  3. Military Lawns

    Military Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 321

    Can the cost of a new or used roto tiller support itself? In other words, do you have enough work to justify the cost and maintenance. If not, continue renting. This is what I used when contemplating an aerator.

  4. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,218

    I was able to pick up a used Troy Bilt cheap about 6-7 years ago. But it is something that I only use maybe 4-5 days a year. I don't think I would ever have bought one if I didn't find this one cheap. Only you know your business, but if you are only rototilling occasionally, I would continue renting.
  5. Nomowastro

    Nomowastro LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    I just hate the rental hassle.
  6. Allens LawnCare

    Allens LawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 926

    Two Words........yard Sale
  7. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 273

    It does not take very many rentals to justify the purchase of a tiller (as they are not that expensive and they are simple to maintain)
  8. mlhm5

    mlhm5 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Posts: 12

    If you are doing flower beds, small areas or next to the house to clean out overgrowth or to scratch up to plant grass, I would consider the 20lb wonder - Mantis - ebay is your friend on this one.
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,204

    Probably can get a new Echo for price of used Mantis..$300. The Mantis is very heavy to get in/out of truck bed,.....4 stroke.

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