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happytrails

08:19AM | 05/25/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
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I think that I am going to finally break down and buy a tiller. Troy bilt advertises that their tillers can be operated with one hand. Their tillers have the tines in the rear of the machine; I have also found some Briggs & Stratton machines with rear tillers. Are these worth the extra money? They are almost double the price of a front tine machine. I have a small lot, 60 X 240, and want to add and enhance the existing beds so I don't need a huge machine but I would like one that is easy to operate. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

ACD

11:13AM | 05/27/03
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
THe nice thing about rear tine tillers is you dont crush down what you just tilled whereas with the front tine ones you have to be behind the unit and need both hands to keep it steady. If you have never used a tiller, your in for a surprise. With hard compacted soil, they tend to bounce around quite a bit. Thats where the rear tine, counter rotating tines make the job easier. Front tines bounce up since they are pulling and turning in the direction of travel, and the rear tines are turning into the direction of travel, pulling the tines down into the soil.

If your looking to do this once, then go rent a tiller, in fact go rent a tiller first to see if you like using the rear tine tiller before spending the money on one.

happytrails

06:22PM | 05/31/03
Member Since: 05/15/03
26 lifetime posts
I have used a front tine tiller and they are tiring to use. I want to redo all of the beds in my yard so will be doing a lot of tilling over the course of a couple of summers. I just don't have the time to finish it all in one or two seasons. That was a great suggestion about renting a rear tine tiller; I didn't think of that!
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