Garden tiller

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by grassdaddy, Jun 23, 2003.


Which tiller

  1. front tine-300-400dollars

    4 vote(s)
  2. rear tine-600-800dollars

    34 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 565

    Which do you prefer-rear tine or front tine?
  2. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    Do front tine tillers do anything well?
  3. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    The front tine tillers I have used jumped all over the place on ground that was the least bit hard. Besides the rear tine tiller I have now will rotate tines in ether direction. That alone is worth the extra money. Ease of operation is just a huge bonus. Mine is just a yard man and it works well. I have had it for five years I think. I want an old Troy-Bilt. I'll find the one I want one of these days. :)
  4. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    For garden work I use an older Gravely walk behind with a front mounted tiller for weeding or the rotary plow for breaking up unbroken soil. Not all front tillers are bad. The Gravely does a wonderful job and does not jump around in the least but then again the tractor weighs over 300 pounds and the attachment is close to 100 additional pounds.

  5. leadarrows

    leadarrows LawnSite Senior Member
    from N/A
    Messages: 925

    My son has two old gravely's with cycle bar and rotary mower attachments. I haven't seen a tiller for one. Do you suppose I could find one? Could you post a picture of yours?
  6. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Leadarrows, I do not have a digital camera but if you go to and select the Professional 2 wheel and then click on the attachments you can still see pictures of the rotary cultivator and the rotary plow as they are still being sold. They are incredible attachments.

  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Used to have a front tine. Hated it! 4 years ago we got a old Craftsman rear tine with a 3 1/2 hp Tecumseh and 18" width for $100. I didn't think it would last long or be good, but it's been about the most reliable thing in the shed (the commercial equip. is in the garage haha) starts first pull every single time even if it's sat all winter without being stored, old stale gas, etc. start it up and start tilling without warming up, it takes it. It has plenty of power for itself too surprisingly. It's been very good but I wouldn't recommend Craftsman! I think BCS is supposed to be very good. A guy I know has a 15 or 20 year old BCS with a snowblower, tiller, and rotary brushcutter attachment (similar machine to a Gravely I suppose) and some sort of Italian engine on it, wants $1800 for the setup I think :eek: must be good LOL
    Anyway, rear tines rock! Don't even consider a front tine please do yourself a favor! Don't get one unless it's free LOL.
  8. jrc lawncare

    jrc lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Rear tine.Really is the only way to go.I have the troybilt horse model with 8 horse kohler.Great machine. For larger gardens or tilling sod, I have a jd 318 with hydraulic tiller that really kicks azz. Does hell of a job.
  9. cos

    cos LawnSite Addict
    Messages: 1,253

    The rear tine is the best for now. I like the price I got on mine..... free. My GF's father gave me one. :)
  10. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    Here's my big rear tine rig ;)
    36" tiller on Wheel Horse 520H, 20hp twin Onan engine hydrostatic drive, hydraulic lift. Works great.


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