Shopping for new Garden Tiller


Old 04-26-12, 10:10 AM
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Shopping for new Garden Tiller

I have a 1/3 acre vegetable garden. For the last few years I have been having a neighbor(now deceased) break it up and till it with his full size tractor. I then work it with a mini front tine tiller which has now bit the dust. I am looking at full size rear tine tillers that can do the whole job. I am looking at two Cub Cadet models.
One has gear driven cast iron transmission with 1 forward/reverse, 208cc Cub Cadet OHV engine, counter rotating tines, and 13" wheels. Cost $649.
The other seems heavier and sturdier, has 187cc Honda GC 190OHC engine, chain driven transmission, 1 forward/reverse, 16" wheels, dual tine direction. Cost $799.
If anyone has experience with these and cares to offer their comments plus or minus it would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-26-12, 03:31 PM
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Hello Old fisherman,

For the job you have at hand, and the money you intend to spend, I'd go buy a used older troy-bilt horse and never have to buy a tiller again. Those you are looking at are toys compared to one. I'm seeing chinese engines on the Cub cadets, and the honda on the other is a GC model (consumer grade, not heavy duty). 1/3 acre needs a real tiller if you're going to be using it regularly.

This may not be the reply you were looking for, but it's the best advice I can offer.

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Old 04-26-12, 06:34 PM
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Hello old fisherman,

I have to agree with Mr. Cheese, The unit's your looking at are cheaply built and wouldn't hold up for what you have in mind.

I've had a Troybuilt Horse tiller in my rental fleet for over 20 years, The only thing we've had to replace is tine and axle seals. Customers seem to wrap wire/string ect. around the shafts, Yes a new Horse is on the expensive side but a good used one may be within your budget.

I also have 3 customers with these in the 30+ year old range still tilling strong.....

Good Luck
Old 04-28-12, 07:24 PM
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I also would recommend getting a used Troy-Bilt Horse. Mine is over 30 years old and I used it the first 6 years I had it to till customers' gardens. They are extremely well designed, easy to work on, and parts are available.

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