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Walk behind tiller???

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Bigred350, Oct 21, 2008.

  1. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 768

    Im looking for a walk behind rear tined tiller. We seem to wear out troy builts about every other year. What brands do you guys run.
  2. wrtenterprises

    wrtenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 308

    I have a Honda. Like all Honda machines the price is steep, but you get what you pay for. BCS makes a great unit also, and has many other attachments......
  3. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 16,233

    Im dreaming about one of those BCS walk behind tractors.
  4. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,783

    Ya, those things are sweat. I especially like all the attachments for it. I don't know if you can get it here, but in Europe they make a small hay bailer for it.

    The only "new" specific walk behind tiller I would buy is a Simplicity. They're built almost as good as the old Ariens, or old Troy Built Horse tiller.

    It's amazing how cheap MTD makes all their power equipment these days. I especially love how they use just the paddles and no metal auger for their small snow blowers, needless to say, worthless even in a 2 inch snow.
  5. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,808

    I ran a BCS all day yesterday. I have a smaller one (called a 210) and the larger one we call the "mama" (I can't remember the number). I don't like to use the mama unless I can turn around outside of work area (ie run past job to turn around).

    After working with the BCS I walked away thinking how great a rototiller it is. I ran the thing all day and it was easy on the back and never seemed to come under a load. Tines are easy to replace. I like it better then the Old Troy and Ariens (Didn't Troy buy Ariens?).

    I don't have any of the attachments. My owners manual shows a little cart I could attach and ride around on back.
  6. Mule100

    Mule100 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 35

    Check out the Barretto unit. It is pricey but a beast.
  7. ViceNut

    ViceNut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 134

    big jobs - T190 + harley rake
    small jobs - mantis tiller <-------things a little beast
  8. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,354

    I rented a Baretto last week since my Troy-Bilt horse had a busted right tine shaft which can be fixed. All I can say is it is fine for occasional use but I do heavy tilling in the Spring along with Aerations and all the rest.

    The Baretto is a beast and I'm glad I rented one before I bought one. I like the hydlic contrrols and a few other features but I really prefer the old stlye Troy-Bilt horse models. Just better balance and way less weight - waaay easier to handle over all.

    If all I had to till with was a heavy brute Baretto I'd quit offering this as service ASAP.
  9. PerfectEarth

    PerfectEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,735

    Honda. Too bad they only offer one reartine tiller now, the frc800 and it's a big unit! I have an frc600 which was discontinued two years ago- it's the perfect sized tiller for the majority of my landscape jobs. I had my dealer track a new one down last year!! The older "counter-rotating tine" fr750s were awesome tillers.

    You can't go wrong with a Honda tilller. I would love to try the BCS. Saw the Baretto at the show last week and it's awesome.

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