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ponch37300 02-11-2008 08:13 AM

lawn rotatiling/grass planting?
I had some drainage problems last summer and i took care of them by replacing the drain tile, re-grading, and burying the downspouts and carrying them away from the house. After all this was done i started to rotatile the yard to get it ready for grass seed. I borrowed a tiler and it took forever from the bobcat i drove over the area grading it packed all the dirt down. I didn't get the seed planted before winter cause the tiling took so long and i was worried about freezing. This spring i will be looking to buy a rotatiler to finish up. Does anyone have any opinions of brands or what to look for when buying one? Thanks for any advice on helping me buy one that will last.

Robert131 02-11-2008 09:55 PM

You'd be better off renting one, since once you plant your seed, you shouldn't need it again. But if you do, I used to have a Sears one, 5 hp, that worked really good.

Bondo 02-12-2008 07:08 AM


Whether you rent or buy,....
A rear tine will dig deeper, easier than a front tine tiller....

ponch37300 02-12-2008 02:06 PM

The one i borrowed was a troy built rear tine, it was about 10-15 years old. It was really hard cause it would jump around alot or just ride on top of the packed down dirt. All of them probably would have done that from the dirt being so compacted? Any features to look for or brands you recomend? Thanks again

Bondo 02-13-2008 08:58 AM

Ayuh,.... That Troy-built is probably the Cadilac of tillers,....

The only Tip I can offer is,....
Try to do the tilling the day after a Rain,....
Moist ground tills easier than Dry Hardpacked dirt....

ponch37300 02-13-2008 12:19 PM

Thanks bondo. I'll try that or maybe water it down. Sounds like it's going to be another summer with mud to the knees!

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