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Old 08-14-2018, 08:06 AM   #1
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I am looking at some rototillers (ties into my lawn seeding project)... I saw one large craftsman rear tine, with 3.75hp engine, but then I saw a smaller yard man machine - with a 6hp engine... it looks less substantial, but bigger engine - so wonder which you all think would be more powerful - maybe this is obvious - but seems off that the smaller unit has the bigger engine. both B&S.
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Old 08-14-2018, 10:18 AM   #2
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I had an 8 hp rear tine snapper and as heavy as it was when the tines hung a root or clump of grass it would jump and jerk forward pretty hard. I can't imagine a small rear tine with a pretty good engine hanging a root or grass, it would be pretty hard to control. I don't know if I would want a rear tine with a small engine though. It would seem that they would bog down pretty easy.
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Just my opinion. Owning a tiller is for things like turning under a garden at the end of the season, or fluffing up a flower bed. Taking on an entire yard where the soil hasn't been tilled in many years could be a challenge, depends upon the soil. If you think it is going to be a tough job then consider having a bigger machine come in and get that tough work out of the way.

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yep. TOYS!!! So it's $100 and not that far from me. Older chassis with a newer 6.5hp B&S engine. I have a lot of yard, not too much debris, but def some roots to be dealt with in sections. I have no pressure and can take it as slow as I want. If this thing sucks for this project, I am sure I will use it elsewhere. Like smaller flower beds near the house. Worst case - $100 down the drain - no major loss.
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It is pretty tough on most tillers on new ground especially where there is grass, if the grass is any height at all, the tines will just ride on top of the grass. But for $100 I personally would buy it, there are a lot of uses for one.
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No grass, straight dirt and sometree roots, which I can cut up by hand.
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You don't mention soil type or composition. If needed, soak the soil good....down to 6 inches or more. Let it dry out for a day or a week or so..... and check daily. When a handful of soil easily crumbles in your fist....it is OK to till.
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its pretty a lot of clay, but quite a bit of decompsed organic leaf material from about 10 years of just letting it rot over over the seasons. I dont think the ground is too hard. Def some rocks and roots... I will just take it slow. if I can only plant some of it, so be it... I guess. My gardener never got back to me with a quote... lame.
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