Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by instyle, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    What kind of walk behind rototillers are you guys running?

    I know mid tine is better then front tine, but is it also better then rear tine.

    Also I have been told honda mid tine is the best, then I was told merry tiller made the best mid tine.

    What do you guys say?
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    whats a mid tine tiller, ive only heard of a front and rear tine? anyway, i have a mantis tiller for when i need it for garden prep and such, i would use it as an edger too cept the dam tines are rusted really bad onto the shafts.
  3. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,016

    We have a Mantis and a Honda that are both small front tine tillers and a Troybilt Super Bronco rear tine that we use to till up our garden and larger areas. The Mantis and Honda are great for flower beds and tilling tight area.
  4. OnMyOwn

    OnMyOwn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 372

    I'm with the other guys. What is a mid-tine tiller?

    Regarding rear-tine, my Snapper did not do as good of a job as the Troy-Bilt pony. The Troy-Bilt pulverized the soil very well.

    Front tine is torture!!!!!!!
  5. NEPSJay

    NEPSJay LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 492

    BCS for the big stuff and a teeny tiny Shindaiwa.
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    A mid tine tiller has a single wheel sticking out the front with the tines mounted under the engine. There is two disc sticking out the rear behind the tines that help to keep it standing upright. Honda had a mid tine tiller in their line-up years ago but I havn't seen one in years.
  7. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    for small light weight an quick -mantis by little wonder, medium mid size, awesome work horse - honda mid tines, large tiller for hevy duty work either , troy bilt,bcs,or honda!! have a good one see george
  8. instyle

    instyle LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 380

    The mid tine uses the entire weight of the machine. The tines are located directlt under the engine. They are IMO 10x betterthen a front tine. But I have never used a rear tine. Up here rototilling is a big season. I have to buy two of them, just not sure which ones.
  9. Stafford Landscaping

    Stafford Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 120

    I like useing a front tine tiller when working next to a house or wall etc.
    because you can get a little closer. And then I like useing a rear tine tiller
    for the wide open areas because you have more to maneuver it around.
  10. gammon landscaping

    gammon landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    i have a rear tine huquavarna and i like it alot better than front tine you just have better leverage pushing it into the ground and picking it us and it pulls itself along so less to wrestle with

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