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    Just wondering if anyone is getting the full 8" tilling depth that KK advertises? I've been happy with my KK 60" working up food plots for the past two years but I don't think its going 8".

    I run it at a slight forward angle and have the skids all the way up. Soil type isn't a problem.

    Maybe during the second pass it goes down further but the first pass seems a little shallow.

    I just saw an advertisment for it in a farm catalog and it mentioned the 8 inch depth and it got me thinking.


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    Default Re: Working Depth of KK Tiller

    Quote Originally Posted by LHS Inc View Post
    Just wondering if anyone is getting the full 8" tilling depth that KK advertises? I've been happy with my KK 60" working up food plots for the past two years but I don't think its going 8".

    I run it at a slight forward angle and have the skids all the way up. Soil type isn't a problem.

    Maybe during the second pass it goes down further but the first pass seems a little shallow.

    I just saw an advertisment for it in a farm catalog and it mentioned the 8 inch depth and it got me thinking.


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    If they would advertise truthfully, you only get approx 4 inches in new ground the first pass with any of these tillers with the same tine scroll diameter. Measure from the tip of you tine to the axle. That is max depth you can get with a couple passes in most soil. Ken Sweet
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    Default Re: Working Depth of KK Tiller

    I will be tilling all day tomorrow and I will see how deep my tiller goes. I suspect that most tillers appear to go deeper because the ground is aerated and or fluffed up. I will measure what the depth is when the dirt is tamped back down around the tape measure.

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    You're right. Been using a KK 60" tiller for years. 4-6 inches depending on speed and soil type.

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    Default Re: Working Depth of KK Tiller

    The Bushog RT tiller I have specs 4 inches single pass and 7 inch with mutiple passes. I can easily bury it up to the axle shaft in worked ground.

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    Default Re: Working Depth of KK Tiller

    Quote Originally Posted by sweettractors View Post
    If they would advertise truthfully, your are only get approx 4 inches in new ground the first pass with any of these tillers with the same tine scroll diameter. Measure from the tip of you tine to the axle. That is max depth you can get with a couple passes in most soil. Ken Sweet
    I have the CountyLine tiller made by Tarter and its built off the same plans as the KK tiller was for TSC... Or so I was told...
    From tine tip to hub is 6.5 inches, but on first pass the skids will not let it go that deep.

    I just got mine and have yet to use it but have used tillers on big garden tractors, and in my experience you need 3 passes to get advertised depth.

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    Plowing or running a disc harrow(or both) over your soil first will help also. This will get you deeper tilling and save your tines from excessive wear if you have compacted soil.
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    Default Re: Working Depth of KK Tiller

    I always thought they counted the measurement From the top of freshly tilled soil, which is lofty to begin with, to the bottom of the ground being tilled. That's the only way to get the numbers they flaunt because the tiller cannot mathematically till that deep based on the "tine-to-the-axle" measurement as Ken Sweet mentioned. It's sort of technically not fully a lie because the tiller digs itself in on successive passes so the unit can go below grade. Typical advertising.

    In practice, I try to break the ground with a cultivator if hard and then till shallow first and then deeper. A staedy diet of compact and dry clay is more abuse than I want to endure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sixdogs View Post
    I always thought they counted the measurement From the top of freshly tilled soil, which is lofty to begin with, to the bottom of the ground being tilled. That's the only way to get the numbers they flaunt because the tiller cannot mathematically till that deep based on the "tine-to-the-axle" measurement as Ken Sweet mentioned. It's sort of technically not fully a lie because the tiller digs itself in on successive passes so the unit can go below grade. Typical advertising.

    In practice, I try to break the ground with a cultivator if hard and then till shallow first and then deeper. A staedy diet of compact and dry clay is more abuse than I want to endure.
    I think that in second and third passes the tiller will dig itself in until the top of the torque tube is level with what would be undisturbed ground. This would make for about 8" depth. I think the tiller depth is also limited by the volume of soil that can be pushed between the top of the torque tube and top of the tiller housing...

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    Default Re: Working Depth of KK Tiller

    Quote Originally Posted by EverythingAttachments View Post
    Plowing or running a disc harrow(or both) over your soil first will help also. This will get you deeper tilling and save your tines from excessive wear if you have compacted soil.
    IMO the purpose of the tiller is to take the place of a plow and disc. At least that was my plan when I got one so I didn't have to drag the plow and disc out which is time killer.

    By the way I got my KK tiller from EverythingAttachments and was very pleased with their service.
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