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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by trktrman View Post
    I thought they only altered the paint color for TSC. I don't think they change the design.
    I was told by a TSC manager that TSC had the tiller built to their specs... they provided the build plans... He could have been full of beans...

    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmhyland View Post
    I was told by a TSC manager that TSC had the tiller built to their specs... they provided the build plans... He could have been full of beans...

    Regards,
    Chris
    Also,
    I have seen the TSC King Kutter tiller next to the TSC Tarter tiller, they look identical....

    Regards,
    Chris

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram4x4 View Post
    Now that I have my Mahindra 5035 HST, ML-130 loader, 7' HD cutter and 7' HD box blade, I'm now in the market for a tiller.

    I've had a look over on Everything Attachments, oooof, a 3-pt tiller is pricey!

    Not sure what I need to be looking for.

    I don't want to go to a full 84" width tiller (too expensive for my budget and not sure the 41.5 PTO HP will drive it well), but not sure how small I should, or can go. I was looking at the KK 48", but they say only 20-30 HP. I want it offset so it will cover at least one side of the tire tracks.

    Since I have the loader and boxblade, I figure I can dig up the ground pretty well before tilling, so maybe a lighter duty tiller would be ok too?

    Thoughts?
    A 6' ANS Gear drive tiller is available for $1495 (6 tines per flange) a 5' tiller is $1195

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by HayDR View Post
    A 6' ANS Gear drive tiller is available for $1495 (6 tines per flange) a 5' tiller is $1195
    That looks like a good price, but adding the shipping will bump it up. Shipping 500lbs isn't cheap...

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Sweet farms was a pretty good price. You will not be out any money- used ones bring about the same money in the spring time in Ohio. You want to buy one of these when there is snow or leaves on the ground.

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Use will be minimal, once a year to till up and prep a garden. Size of garden? Unknown at this point. We are planning corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, green beans and maybe carrots and watermelon.

    I'm no farmer or gardener and have only done a few gardens in the past (but I want to change that!). Did some corn and tomatoes a couple years ago and borrowed my father-in-law's 7HP walk-behind tiller. OMG, what a PIA that thing was to use. I don't want to experience that again.

    I'm in western PA and the soil is thick clay, depending on where you dig there will be either small rocks (smaller than a golf ball) or you could hit boulders. On my property, if you get down about 2 feet or so you hit a layer of hard sand stone. Backhoes have a hard time breaking through it. The area I will be using is all very small rocks at best (already dug and tilled it before). I'll definitely need to add to the soil to get something really worth growing in (although the tomatoes and corn we did 2 years ago did quite well with no other prep than tilling it).

    I would prefer to stay with a smaller width with an offset primarily due to cost. I just don't want to pay the price of a 7' tiller, can't justify it really. Time I have, I can do multiple passes, not worried about that and with an offset I can do it without leaving tire tracks.

    The Mahindra 5035 tracks at 75"

    I guess my question at this point is, if I go with a 48" with offset, but it's rated 20-35HP, will 41 HP at the PTO be too much? Even with a slip clutch?

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram4x4 View Post
    Use will be minimal, once a year to till up and prep a garden. Size of garden? Unknown at this point. We are planning corn, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, green beans and maybe carrots and watermelon.

    I'm no farmer or gardener and have only done a few gardens in the past (but I want to change that!). Did some corn and tomatoes a couple years ago and borrowed my father-in-law's 7HP walk-behind tiller. OMG, what a PIA that thing was to use. I don't want to experience that again.

    I'm in western PA and the soil is thick clay, depending on where you dig there will be either small rocks (smaller than a golf ball) or you could hit boulders. On my property, if you get down about 2 feet or so you hit a layer of hard sand stone. Backhoes have a hard time breaking through it. The area I will be using is all very small rocks at best (already dug and tilled it before). I'll definitely need to add to the soil to get something really worth growing in (although the tomatoes and corn we did 2 years ago did quite well with no other prep than tilling it).

    I would prefer to stay with a smaller width with an offset primarily due to cost. I just don't want to pay the price of a 7' tiller, can't justify it really. Time I have, I can do multiple passes, not worried about that and with an offset I can do it without leaving tire tracks.

    The Mahindra 5035 tracks at 75"

    I guess my question at this point is, if I go with a 48" with offset, but it's rated 20-35HP, will 41 HP at the PTO be too much? Even with a slip clutch?
    A couple points to consider.
    1. The tilling of the garden space will be much easier with a tiller behind a tractor, but you don't need to, or want to go too deep.
    If you go the same depth, every year you will build a pan with your type of soil that may hold water and cause the plants to die.
    You should keep adding sand, leaves, manure, whatever you can get to keep improving the soil. This will take years.
    Tilling too much to get that TV show garden look will cause compacting as will running your tractor over it more than required.
    2. That takes us to #2. You will still need to weed your garden as the summer progresses, so a small walk behind tiller with rows planted far apart enough to use it is still the easiest way to control the weeds in addition to hoeing close to the plants. Weeds will rob the nutrients from the garden plants if you don't keep them under control, and are a good place for snakes to hide until you tramp on them.

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by pacerron View Post
    A couple points to consider.
    1. The tilling of the garden space will be much easier with a tiller behind a tractor, but you don't need to, or want to go too deep.
    If you go the same depth, every year you will build a pan with your type of soil that may hold water and cause the plants to die.
    You should keep adding sand, leaves, manure, whatever you can get to keep improving the soil. This will take years.
    Tilling too much to get that TV show garden look will cause compacting as will running your tractor over it more than required.
    2. That takes us to #2. You will still need to weed your garden as the summer progresses, so a small walk behind tiller with rows planted far apart enough to use it is still the easiest way to control the weeds in addition to hoeing close to the plants. Weeds will rob the nutrients from the garden plants if you don't keep them under control, and are a good place for snakes to hide until you tramp on them.

    Save your money on the small tiller for weeding.... This tool will be faster and cheaper in the end...

    Hooke 'n Crooke Garden Tool

    http://youtu.be/aFbof3Ha9ns


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    Chris

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    I purchased my tiller from TSC at least 5 years ago. It has been very serviceable. This one came with a slip clutch. Neighbor has one with a shear pin which he has had to replace several times. I tend to plow the ground first if it has never been a garden. I also have added some weight to the tiller to keep it from bouncing so much. A 4 foot tiller would be too small, a 5 foot would still leave tire tracks, a 6 foot would cover most of your tracks but seems like a large unit if you are only going to be making a garden once or twice a year. Hmmm
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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by wcampbell47 View Post
    <snip> A 4 foot tiller would be too small, a 5 foot would still leave tire tracks, a 6 foot would cover most of your tracks but seems like a large unit if you are only going to be making a garden once or twice a year. Hmmm
    My semi-retired cousin-in-law has about a 6' tiller. He has a watermelon patch that covers about 2 acres. It's about the only thing he uses his tiller for. He gives away a ton or two of watermelons and he and his wife eat a bunch.

    I think that with some of us if we have a good tool we find that we use it a lot more often than we predicted. The OP might find himself smugly offering to till his neighbors gardens.
    My rides - '95 Kubota M4700 w/ PEC, LA1001 FEL :'07 B7610, LA352 FEL, Bush Hog SBX 48 box blade, '09 Woods BH70-X w/ 16" bucket and thumb, 3pt pallet forks, Dale Phillips PHD, Jinma 8" chipper, 2 Piranha's, Winco 12KW PTO generator, Howse plow, 5' KK tiller, 5' Big Bee cutter, with a 2002 7.3L Ford F350 CC DRW 4x4 and '07 18' Hudson HSE Deluxe trailer - 5 Ton to haul it all

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