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Old 04-07-2019, 12:41 AM   #1
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13.5A electric tiller vs 25.4cc attachment tiller


Lots of weeds in the yard - thinking about getting a tiller to remove all that and redo the grass.

13.5A electric tiller vs. Ryobi cultivator attachment (on a Toro 2-cycle 25.4cc Toro gas power head for attachments) - which one is stronger?

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Old 04-07-2019, 04:44 AM   #2
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How big is the yard? I think you need something bigger if you're going to till up an entire yard.
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Till it this time of year without killing the weeds first and you'll just be planting the weed seeds.
Also the time to plant grass is in the fall.
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Unless you have a postage stamp sized yard, and electric NOTHING will work well. I use a small Honda mini tiller for small patches, and a larger rear counter rotating tine tiller for the big stuff. I agree with the grass prep being done in the fall. It will stress too much this time of year.
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Depends.

If your just trying to scratch the surface those might be okay, maybe.

But if you want to really turn the soil buy a good one or rent it.

Maybe even rent one that attaches to your riding mower.
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Lots of weeds in the yard - thinking about getting a tiller to remove all that and redo the grass.

13.5A electric tiller vs. Ryobi cultivator attachment (on a Toro 2-cycle 25.4cc Toro gas power head for attachments) - which one is stronger?
Ayuh,..... Those little things can retill dirt that's already loose,.....

For tillin' a yard of sod, you'll need a big rear tine machine,.....
Even a bigger front tine machine will do more bouncin' around, than tilling,....
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Non-stop rain in CA this past winter til' recently, so dirt is soft now, but perhaps a little too sticky to till at the moment (clay dirt). I wonder if in a couple of weeks it'd be better time. Fall is best time of the year but I have other projects to work on then.

Half of the area I'm mainly wanting to get rid of the weed, grade the area and then put plastic over. For those areas no need to wait til' fall I think - perhaps can do that first now (wait for couple of wks til' the areas are a bit drier).

Total area to put plastic is about 1500 sq ft.

Would 40cc gas tiller be good enough? Or need to get a bigger rear tiller? Not enough space to buy a big one and store in the shed - perhaps renting like folks suggest then.
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If you are planning on the plastic as a weed preventing measure, I would opt for a product like Typar or similar. It allows water and nutrients from the air to permeate to the ground, but keeps weeds from emerging. It is a fabric that occludes light.
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You said clay. How much clay ? I've got clay you can make adobe bricks from.

If you have anything close to that, you need a big heavy rear tine tiller. I'd say 8 hp minimum, 10 hp is better.

I'd definitely recommend renting, at least until you are comfortable with what size tiller you need. My clay doesn't stay at the perfect moisture content for tilling very long. It can go from too wet to too dry in a couple of weeks. You want a tiller that can handle clay that is a bit on the dry side.

Don't set the depth too deep. Going down in 2-3 passes is a lot easier on you and the tiller than trying to do it in a single pass.
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