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    Default 36 inch tiller, is it worth buying????

    Need your help, Their is a 36" tiller in the paper for $300 works good, cost about $1600 new, called the dealer. There is no off set on this tiller and my tractor tires are wider than the tiller. Has anyone used a tiller that is not as wide as the tires, Seems like a great deal, but if it doesn,t work probably not worth getting. Appreciate any comment the faster the better. Thanks

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    Default Re: 36 inch tiller, is it worth buying????

    Bones:

    There are more experienced guys here who will soon give you some good advice. Here is my take, though. A 36 incher that cannot be offset will not cover your tire marks. Tire marks, the way I see it, are the result of compression of the dirt. The purpose of tilling is to uncompress (among other things) the dirt. It seems to me that you'd be better off with a tiller that either offsets or is wide enough to cover your tire marks. Maybe the person selling a $1600 tiller for $300 has learned this the hard way.

    Or, maybe somebody with more experience than me will say "BUY IT!"

    Good luck either way,

    Jim

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    Default Re: 36 inch tiller, is it worth buying????

    I have a 60 inch tiller (3PH PTO driven) it too is not as wide as my rear wheels and originally caused me some concern but I did a garden this year with it about 50-70 ft wide by 200 ft long, to compensate for slight slope I tilled the last time back and forth the short direction so tire marks wouldn't run down hill and boy was I lucky to think of this. We have had oodles of rain and very litte erosion in the garden due to the tire marks running essentially normal to the slope.

    So you see there is a plus, in my case, for leaving some tracks. The price yo give is great. If it works, and if it were me, I'd get it. If it turns out you just don't like it, you got in so cheap you could easily get out without a big loss (maybe a profit). Who knows, maybe you could whomp up an adaptor to allow mounting it off center (within the angle the PTO will accomodate) and not have a tire print problem if that is a big deal for your intended use. I am a lot less concerned now after giving it some serious use that I was before. The tiller not being as wide as the tractor turned out to not be a big deal. If it is a big deal in some appiications, I'm sure you will hear about it here and soon. Only you can decide if those applications (if they surface) are THAT important to you.

    Patrick

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    Default Re: 36 inch tiller, is it worth buying????


    Smaller tillers often arent rated for much in terms of PTO horsepower (gearbox limitation). What tractor are you planning on using it on?

    If you cant find a way to offset it then I would pass on it.

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    Default Re: 36 inch tiller, is it worth buying????

    Thanks for the response, I have a kubota B-21. I will only be using the tiller now and then so if it is still available I will probably buy it, although I know its not what I would really want. Thanks again

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    Default Re: 36 inch tiller, is it worth buying????

    I have a 36" kubota tiller on my B6100. It is not as wide as my rear tires - by about 3" on each side. That works out just fine for me. When I till up an area I make multiple overlapping passes and the tire tracks almost disappear. When I till my vegetable garden, I till in rows and the tire tracks just mark the spaces betwee the planting rows.

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