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  1. #1

    Join Date
    Nov 2001
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    311
    Location
    Vermilion County, IL
    Tractor
    2000 B7500HSD Kubota, 2 Case ingersol 448 tractors

    Default Tiller size

    I have a B7500hsd kubota. I have an chance to pick up a Kubota 56" tiller. Is this unit to big for my tractor?

  2. #2
    Veteran Member
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    Jan 2001
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    Alberta
    Tractor
    Kubota B2410 with turfs

    Default Re: Tiller size

    Jim,

    No takers on this one, so I'll throw in my $0.02 worth!!! I have a B2410 and use a 54" tiller. It is probably a little on the large side, but I take it slow and have had no problems. I am certain however, that according to the manual it is too wide. The 56" tiller is certainly too wide for the 7500.

    Kevin

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Apr 2000
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    130
    Location
    Near Pittsburgh, Pa.
    Tractor
    Kubota B2400 & 1972 Economy Power King

    Default Re: Tiller size

    I have a B2400 with a 56" tiller, and it works just fine. That makes me very happy.
    Bud

  4. #4
    Bronze Member
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    Sep 2000
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    Location
    christiana , pa
    Tractor
    Kubota BX2200

    Default Re: Tiller size

    jhburke,
    last spring a friend at work lent me a 60" bush hog brand tiller. i ran that thing on my b7500 every day for a week and never had any kind of problem. we loaded it into my truck at work with a forklift and i unloaded at home with chains and the fel. it was an old unit and i think that it's probably heavier than the new ones. nary a problem.

    kevin

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Dec 2001
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    193
    Location
    Mexico City
    Tractor
    NH TC21D

    Default Re: Tiller size

    I'd say that the two largest factors (within reason) are:

    1. Soil type - If your soil is clay, it will reduce the width that you can handle. Rock would also limit the width. A nice sandy-loam would be best.

    2. Virgin soil / sod - If you are tilling something that has not been tilled (or plowed...) in the past it would limit the width you could handle.

    Another factor would be the weight of the tiller vs. the capacity of your 3ph.

    Optimally, your 7500 can handle that tiller (from a HP perspective)... Now... how close are you to "optimal"?

    Good luck, and keep us posted!

  6. #6
    Gold Member
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    May 2002
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    Location
    Pgh, PA
    Tractor
    Cub Cadet 7360SS & MF1100

    Default Re: Tiller size

    You hit the nail on the head. Speed is the key factor. If the tiller is on the larger size and seems to be bogging the tractor down, just put it in a lower gear.

    The soil's also going to affect it. I was busting up sod with my IH656 (65HP) and a 60" tiller, and had to put it in the slowest forward gear. Not because of power or bogging down, but to make sure the sod got as chewed up as possible.

    - G

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Aug 2001
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    Location
    Campbellville, Ontario
    Tractor
    Kubota L3010, BX2200

    Default Re: Tiller size

    Either gear down, or use this as an excuse to buy a hydrostatic! Tilling works real good with a hydrostatic.

  8. #8

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    Location
    Vermilion County, IL
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    2000 B7500HSD Kubota, 2 Case ingersol 448 tractors

    Default Re: Tiller size

    I was finally able to mount the 56" tiller model FL 1402 and try it out. Had to shorten the pto shaft. Will have to modify a top link as my existing one is to long at its shortest. I was tilling the garden which has about 5" of dirt on top of hard clay, plus bricks and rocks. It cut right down into the clay without even causing a problem.

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    Alberta
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    Kubota B2410 with turfs

    Default Re: Tiller size

    Jim,

    Glad you are happy with your tiller. They sure can make short work of a garden plot!!! I may have to expand mine just to make it worth while to put the tiller on [img]/w3tcompact/icons/wink.gif[/img].

    Kevin

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Apr 2002
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    Location
    Rhode Island
    Tractor
    JD750

    Default Re: Tiller size

    I have a Kuhn EL35 (52") on my JD 750. Just covers the tire tracks in the dirt, which is a good thing.

    I don't have hydrostat, but I just use 1st gear in low range and run the engine up to the PTO max. The Kuhn will go about 10" deep, so giving it plenty of PTO power and going SLOW is important.

    I also have clay below my topsoil, and plenty of Rhode Island rocks mixed in. The tiller breezes thru it like nothing. I have set the slip clutch so that it slips if it hits a big rock and thus will not damage the tiller. I just ripped up a piece of ground that was nothing but a bull briar patch. Ripped up the briar roots and stones like nothing at all. Going to put in strawberries next year.

    I don't know if other guys on TBN do this, but I put all leaves and clippings on the garden and grind it all in with the tiller. No need to compost or put the leaves thru a shredder. The tiller just puts them under and they rot fast.

    I know that I am rambling on here, but one more thing: I use the rear tiller all the time to loosen up ground so I can scoop it up easier with my FEL. I reshaped the banks on a road that runs down the side of my land and used the tiller to loosen everything up before attacking it with my FEL. Loosens the dirt up fine and the FEL can then move it and shape it better.

    Good luck with your tiller! You'll wonder how you ever lived without one.

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