Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ACutAbovesiny, Aug 30, 2006.

  1. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Im interested in buying a tiller. I dont need anything too big. What are some of your suggestions?;)
  2. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,163

    what are you planning to do with it?
  3. ACutAbovesiny

    ACutAbovesiny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Remove small areas of lawn for flower beds, loosen soil, etc.
  4. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 310

    We use the little Honda Tiller, the FG 110 for flower beds. Works great, unless it is bone hard soil. It is also great when you have to dig a hole for the shrubs, just run it on one spot for 30 seconds and you end up with a 12 x 12 hole, 10 inches deep.

    Have well over 100 hrs on the unit, except for the handle bars that slip when it rains, it is holding up good.

    On the downside, changing the grease in the transmission is a pain. It has to be changed somewhat frequently but there is no easy way to connect the grease gun. You basically have to aim for a little screw hole, but 80% of the grease goes somewhere else...

  5. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 1,517

    Most of the small tillers will beat you like a rented mule. If you don't have that many jobs renting a a sod cutter may make more sense if you are cutting in islands. A big rear tined unit will dig in easier, but if you have clay it will want to drag you about the yard. The problem is you will likely be working on new ground and tillers are not all that friendly, espeically next to a house. A tiller behind a tractor is a dream compared to a walkbhehind unit, but then again you have to have the tractor.

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