Best tiller for lawn renovation

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by rjjmurph, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. rjjmurph

    rjjmurph LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    which would be the best tiller to use to renovate small areas of lawn (~1000 sqft) - a front tine or rear tine? Existing lawn is shot and needs some serious amending. Who makes a good tiller?
  2. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    barreto tiller
  3. Old Red

    Old Red LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    I like the Barreto. I have and use a troybilt rear tine tiller. I use that with a shovel and a tiller attachment on a Stihl 110 for the edges. Last year I was on a job and the troy just wouldn't run. Instead of frogging around with it I went to a nearby Taylor Rental and rented a Barreto tiller. What a world of difference.
  4. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    What ever you do, don't buy a frount tine tiller. You will work your butt off.
    I like the BCS, and have used baretto. Both are good. If you can buy it at sears or lowes or other of the such you will not be happy. Not enough HP to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.
  5. rjjmurph

    rjjmurph LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    sildoc - that is the respeonse I was waiting for. I thought that was the case, but needed confirmation about rear vs front. Thanks.
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,925

    No problem. I borrowed my Step fathers front tine tiller 4 years ago. right after I was finished with that job I bought a rear tine tiller. Needless to say so did my step father. Front tines are only good if you use them once in a while in already tilled dirt. In other words useless.
  7. farmered

    farmered LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I have tried to use my BCS 948 14 HP Diesel (Lambordini 3LD510) with the 34" tiller on virgin sod and it doesn't work very well, my Virginia clay ground is too tough for it. Now the Berta bi-directional rotary plow on the same BCS is a totally different story - works right in, the problem is it is too narrow - leaves a worked path of 6-10" but it's 9" deep or so.

    So, your answer depends on what kind of soil you have and whether it's been worked before.

    Don't even bother with those troy-built toy tillers on the kind of soil I have here. I should probably run a 3-4 bottom plow with my Agco Allis tractor instead of dorking with the stupid BCS, or spent the money on that expensive spader - since no-till is all the rage these days. But I digress... :)
  8. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    If you have a rental yard that rents the Toro Dingos call them and ask if they rent the Soil Cultivator attachment. It is a one pass prep attachment and your ready to spread the seed or lay the sod. It will till up existing sod with NO problem at all an looks great at the end of the job.

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  9. southscape

    southscape LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 44

    What Gilla said. One that attaches to a mini skid....
  10. jwholden

    jwholden LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 218

    I third Gilla. My soil cultivator is coming next week. :)

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