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    Default 3-pt tiller recommendation

    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?

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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?
    We have the Gear Drive Tarter brand that can be setup to run in forward or reverse rotation. (comes setup on forward rotation) 6 Ft $1984 or a 7 ft for $2570 delivered to a local truck terminal or commercial business address in your community. Ken Sweet
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    Sweet Farm Equipment LLC (Internet Sales, Shipping All States)
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    Shipping Example: Can ship 800 lbs from Ky. to Dallas for $165
    The Northeast shipping corridor is a little more expensive.

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Was hoping to find something suitable in the $1,200ish range.

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Ram,

    Take a look at Woods, Kuhn, Land Pride, and the various tractor Manufacturer Branded units....Used.
    LS Rotovators are quickly gaining a good Rep with the Vinyard and Orchard guys around here, but they ain't any cheaper than Woods.


    $1,200.00 puts you into the cheapie chain driven junk, that likely wont be able to stand up to anything but the lightest of use.
    Tines break, and wear out, seals get chewed up from Baling twine that has a way of sneaking into wrong places, and on the chain driven junk...they flat out croak in a dramatic fashion.

    Also beware of the Garbage sold at TSC.
    They work fine for light use, but show thier price point inspired limitations, if you plan on seriously working the thing.
    The company that makes them for the branded company, that supplies TSC, has lousy communications with TSC, and will not support thier products directly.They require the customer to deal with TSC for support.
    Several of the smaller Orchard guys around here, have been burned by the lack of support, and TSC passing the buck, as well as getting stuck with next to zero parts support.

    It's better to spend more to start with, or go used, with a company that actually supports the customer with parts and info when needed.

    Our 1920(30hp) has no issues powering either one of our 72" rotovators in Bottomland black soil.
    On the dried Marl around one of our ponds, it does grunt a bit, but not bad. Your 'Bota should have zero issues with a 72" even in heavy ground.

    Keep an eyeball open for farm auctions, and stop in/call all the local dealers. The good tillers take a lot of killing before they die, and often can be had for around the price you are looking to spend.

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Ram4x4 View Post
    Was hoping to find something suitable in the $1,200ish range.
    Ram,
    How much ground are you going to be tilling? What is the soil like, lots of rocks? if you have rocks as I do, lots of stuff from softball to bowling ball size, you'll need a tiller with gear drive and a slip clutch. You'd go brorke replacing shear bolts. The tractor sounds nice, what is the track width your trying to cover?

    The boxblade scarifiers will break up the sod but you'd have better luck running a middlebuster, and then your boxblade to get many of the stones out.

    I think if you use this SearchTempest Online Classifieds Search - All the Classifieds. One Search. to search the local classifieds you may find a deal...

    Best of luck,
    Chris

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by Dingeryote View Post
    Ram,
    Also beware of the Garbage sold at TSC.
    They work fine for light use, but show thier price point inspired limitations, if you plan on seriously working the thing.
    Isn't Tarter one of the suppliers for TSC?

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by trktrman View Post
    Isn't Tarter one of the suppliers for TSC?
    Tarter makes the product for the east coast stores and they have another vendor for the west coast.

    The tillers made for TSC by King Kutter were built of a design provided by TSC. Tarter and the other vendors use the same plans and specs.

    Tarter does no direct customer because that is the way TSC arranged the contract to get the pricepoint they wanted. TSC is supposed to do the customer service, After all County Line is their house brand.

    I own an 60" gear drive tiller made by Tarter and I have to say it's very well built. It's much heavier duty than most things in the price range. I have no reason to think it's garbage, but then again I tend not to buy garbage.


    Regards,
    Chris

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by cmhyland View Post
    Tarter makes the product for the east coast stores and they have another vendor for the west coast.

    The tillers made for TSC by King Kutter were built of a design provided by TSC. Tarter and the other vendors use the same plans and specs.

    Tarter does no direct customer because that is the way TSC arranged the contract to get the pricepoint they wanted. TSC is supposed to do the customer service, After all County Line is their house brand.

    I own an 60" gear drive tiller made by Tarter and I have to say it's very well built. It's much heavier duty than most things in the price range. I have no reason to think it's garbage, but then again I tend not to buy garbage.


    Regards,
    Chris
    I thought they only altered the paint color for TSC. I don't think they change the design.

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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    The box stores do not have the capabilities to service, setup or repair to most implements with "minimum wage" and or "part Time" help. They could sell Landpride or Howard brands and still have the same problems. Ken Sweet
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    Shipping Example: Can ship 800 lbs from Ky. to Dallas for $165
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    Default Re: 3-pt tiller recommendation

    Not sure how it is working now but I bought a grey market tractor 15 yrs ago and bought the tiller that shipped with the tractor for 250.00. The dealer was selling them straight out to anyone for 375.00. He said it was surprising how many people did not want the tiller to go with their tractor, he had lots of them in the back fence. Not sure if that scenerio is still taking place but if you see someone selling the used foreign tractors they used to all come off the boat with a tiller for each one. Might want to check with them if looking for a used one. I'm sure the price is higher now than the 375.00 back then but a good place to look.

    Mine is 5' and had new tines on it when I bought it. I've had nothing but good service and it's still running strong.

    From my experience of using mine you want one that is the width of your tractor or a little wider. If it's shorter than the tractor width it will always be a problem leaving tire tracks.
    modify, adjust and improvise....a country boy can survive

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