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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bigtrees, May 19, 2000.

  1. GLS

    GLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    If I were to buy one, it would probably be a BCS. I have rented them several times and I feel they are heavy duty. Since they are so expensive, I usually just rent.

    Although I have no experience with any of their different attatchments, BCS makes a power sweeper, mower, and snow thrower. The handle bars flip around accordingly.

    It's also nice to have front-tine for tight areas such as this:
  2. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    I got a steal on a Horse from the early 80's for $550. Before I bought this one, I saw one at a garage sale for $250 (with orginal engine). I went home to get my checkbook. On the way back to the garage sale I saw my neighbor going down the street with the tiller in his truck....OUCH!! Used ones are out there, just have to search. The orginal 8hp has been replaced with a 6hp (on the one that I bought). It's a little tough breaking new ground, but rototilling my garden it works well. If I buy again, I would go with a Troybilt Horse. But like mentioned above, I would shop for an older one.

  3. MTS2357

    MTS2357 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    Once it runs, I will be the owner of a Rototiller. A 1947 Model B7rs.
    It is huge, heavy and a two-stroke to boot!

    As for todays tillers, Go with a BCS. Back it up with a Mantis.
  4. Farmboy

    Farmboy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    I had a troy and sold it and bought a used roto-hoe best tiller that I have used!
  5. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    if you're gonna cut turf and roots, get one that has counter-rotating tines......like an older troy-bilt or an EarthQuake 'Grizzly' only $850 delivered....

    click here

    otherwise rear tine tillers will porpoise and are very hard to control..

  6. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 739

    "Gardenway" was the corporate name for Troybuilt. They manufactured another line of tillers with their corp. name on them. They were black and had counter rotating blades. That Earthquake looks real similar to them. Don't know it that line went to MTD when they bought Troybuilt, anybody else know?
  7. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    they are very similar, these are made by Ardisam they make a number of different products out of Wisconsin
  8. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,074

    I use a 1967 Gravely model L with a Rotary Plow for all of the tilling work that I do. It works great! "The Rotary Plow prepares a seedbed ready for planting in just one pass. There is no raking, discing or other operations needed. The soil is turned as it is plowed,
    pulverized from top to bottom of the furrow. It mulches and works ground cover into the soil evenly for greater humus content. In hard soil the plow goes to 5 inches
    deep, in soft soil it goes 7 inches deep and cuts a furrow 8 inches wide. It leaves no hardpan to drain away moisture and nutrients. Makes a perfect seedbed without
    destroying the soil structure necessary for a productive garden." (1973 Gravely sales folder). The rotary plow is a Gravely attachment that goes on the front of the walk behind. As with all of the older Gravely attachments it has a slip clutch built into the attachment to prevent damage to the transmission or engine.


    SRKROTOTILLING LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    There is a rotary plow available for BCS tillers. It goes on as a rear attachment. It is almost like an auger in design, with really powerful blades. It will till a foot wide and a foot deep... In one pass from what I understand. It is available From Earth Tools. The make is Berta, in Italy.

    The website is called BCS Small Farm Equipment
  10. captdevo

    captdevo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    if you want the toughest and strongest on the market, check out Barretto they are hydraulic, serious tillers, but you pay for it!!!

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