Tiller recommendations anyone???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Greyst1, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looking to buy a tiller, anybody have a recommendation or thoughts on which is better.

    Front or rear??

    Need some help thanks....
  2. SouthSide Cutter

    SouthSide Cutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Had a Troy rear tine, Got a Honda FR700 rear tine now and really like it. Just got a Snapper front tine from a customer. Needed a small one to get between rows in my garden. What a piece of chit tiller. Works ok for me doing what I do with it. Garden is already worked good. But in dirt that is not it vibrates so bad the engine starts to miss. And you could do a better job I think with a ICE PICK!!!!
  3. TuffWork

    TuffWork LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got a tiller next to a dumpster one day with a seized motor. The tines are 2 feet across and it was a crapsman. I bought a 6.5 hp harbor freight motor to put on it and it works amazing. If you have time to cruise craigslist and put in a new motor you can get one for pennies. I've got $120 into mine with a two year warranty on the motor. It's EASY to put in a new motor on one of these if you are mechanically inclined at all. Find a good shell to put a motor on if at all possible. Used mine today.

    Also, I prefer front tines. They seem easier to maneuver.
  4. Poontamer

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  5. Bilrus61

    Bilrus61 LawnSite Member
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    Is it for your home garden or for part of a landscaping business? Rear tine is much better. For a cheap one look on Craigslist for some old troy bilt that can be re-engined. If your wanting new, do a internet search for a Grillo 85. For a mini tiller like you might need for island flowerbeds I've found the Honda FG110 is pretty tough to beat. We also have a mantis (same as the Echo) and its very tough and works great as a edger. Its two cycled engine can be fussy sometimes. The Honda FG 110 is not proven but the engine is the GX commerical grade on it. Some of the early Honda mini tillers had gear box issues.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    Rear tine.
  7. Greyst1

    Greyst1 LawnSite Senior Member
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    This would be for my landscaping business. Mainly for bed design/installs. Im the type of guy who like new and i checked out the grillo, looks bad ars but maybe not be the most maneuverable.

    Anybody know anything about the Husqvarna's?
  8. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    BCS Makes the best tiller now in my eyes.

  9. wimpy

    wimpy LawnSite Member
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    The honda frc 800 is a weak POS. Barreto makes the best tillers. FACT.
  10. mdlwn1

    mdlwn1 LawnSite Silver Member
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    Funny that you mentioned this. I rented "whatever they had" from my local dealer and it was a BCS. Used it for my veggie garden and have to say it did an excellent job...much more so than expected. I would have guessed that they are all the same..until I used this. The finished product after tilling was this perfect granular "potting soil" like medium...left in perfect rows. The machine I used was on the smaller side, so it would only go to depth of 10' or so with SOME effort.

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