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  1. #1

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    Default Tillers

    I'd like to get a little information on tillers. Today I stopped in a farm store to look at tillers, they had King KutterII. Probably the heaviest I've ever seen in a 5 foot, It weighed 690 lbs, had 42 tines,(6 tines per flange) and a slip clutch. The only problem is, I only have a B2400, and maybe not enough weight to handle that tiller. They also had a 4 ft model that weighed 600 lbs. Anyone have an idea if I could use it.
    Bud


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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Default Re: Tillers

    Bud, I don't really know enough about the B2400 to say, but I've looked at that 5' tiller, and in fact, have their literature on it and the 6' model. They recommend 25-40hp for the 5' one (wish I had it). I'd be inclined to think you'd be better off going with the 4' model.

    Bird

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    Default Re: Tillers

    Bud,

    Maybe you have this but I'm looking at the B2400 sales brochure, from when I was shopping, and it shows your tractor using between a 40" - 57" tiller. I would think that it should handle the 60" since my NH TC18 is rated up to a 60". Your 3 pt. is rated to lift up to 1015 lbs. at 24" aft the hitch so my guess is that you could lift the larger one if you have adequate weight on the front end.

    I don't use a tiller but I would think that you would also want to measure the width of you rear tires and make sure that you can cover your tracks.

    Good Luck, JimBinMI

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    Default Re: Tillers

    Bird
    One thing I know for sure, I'd sure like to have a 27 or 2910. I know they will take more weight, but would really like to have the three speed ranges, and the beefed up frame. I made the wheel weights that Mike has on his net. The only way to use them would be to drill holes in the 2710's rear wheels. I do have 150 lbs of suitcase weights for the front end. All I need is a good excuse to get another tractor.
    Do you think the big hold back on the B2400 would be the weight or the power?
    Bud


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    Epic Contributor Bird's Avatar
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    Default Re: Tillers

    Bud, I think with the weights on the front end to hold it down, the B2400 will handle the 5' tiller, but whether it's light on power will depend to some extent on the type of soil, moisture content, etc. With the B2710, I leave the front end loader off when mowing and my 3-point finish mower is only supposed to weigh 536#. That is no problem at all, but you definitely feel that the front end is lighter when you pick up the mower (of course, a mower is longer so there's more leverage than the tiller has). When I had the B7100, I actually bogged down the 40' tiller once in muddy clay and killed the engine, but those things are relatively rare. Like JimBinMI mentioned, you want a tiller that will cover your rear tracks (or else you have to do what I'm doing now; offset it to cover the track on one side).

    So, what I'm saying is that I think your tractor will handle the 5' tiller, but I also think you'd be happier with the 4' tiller, but I could certainly be wrong (wouldn't be the first time), and you may have easier soil to work than I have.

    Bird

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    Default Re: Tillers

    I use a 57" Maschio tiller. The model number is U140, rated 30-40 hp, 42 tines. My B2710 handles it, but not by much. This tiller cuts down deeper than most--8.5". Maybe that's why it requires more hp than other tillers.

    If you do buy a tiller that's too big, you might be able to get by if you increase the cut depth gradually. However, I really don't think I'd be happy with my tiller on a B2400.


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    Default Re: Tillers

    Bud, I have a JD4100 (20 HP, 17 pto HP). I use a Woods 52" tiller and it works very well in my soil. Almost effortless tilling to the full depth. BUT, before I till, I first go over the ground with a ripper (subsoiler) and a moldboard plow. This really makes a difference, and you should do it anyways to loosen deep soil compaction. The King Kutter sounds like a beefy brute -my Woods only weighs about 400 lbs.


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    B2710 KUBOTA. LA401 loader,bush hog rotery mower/box blade. King Kutter tiller,landscape rake,back blade,carryall,boom. homemade plow @ middlebuster,etc. IH TD14 dozer for rough work

    Default Re: Tillers

    I have had the 5 foot KK tiller since spring. have used it to till about 3 acres of virgin ground to plant various crops. works great on my 2710. rarely drops the RPM's unless I hit roots,etc. for the money its great. just watch the slip clutch. have had to fiddle with it considerably. was froze up when purchased and had to take it apart to get it to work. either seems to slip too much or not enough. probably just inexperience on my part.


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