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    I have a bunch of questions before I buy. Jd quoted me on a 49" Frontier tiller. I am not sure but is this a chain drive. I have clay soil and asked for a beefy tiller, so I don't tare it up. What's my best option for a good tiller for iMatch.

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    The JD Tiller, I believe it is the 647(?), is very nice. My friend has one and uses it for his food plot for deer and used it to prep his yard. It does an excellent job from what I have seen. I don't think you can go wrong with it. It is pretty stout. It should have either a slip clutch or shear bolt on it so I doubt you will tear it up. The only knock on the JD tiller I can find is the cost. That special green paint adds about $500 to the cost of it.

    I do not think a JD tiller will have an issue with clay. Where you get into trouble with any tiller (at least I have) is if there is a lot of rocks or big roots in the ground. I have an old 35 tiller I use with my 400 and have managed to break the shear bolt only once so far, but I hit a rather large rock when I did it. My soil is nothing but clay. You just have to keep making passes to bust the clay up as desired. Bring a snickers bar and coke because it will take a while.

    If you are looking for cheaper solution, King Kutter makes one that folks on here have liked. Northern Tool or Tractor Supply are places to look for that or since you list Wisconsin as where you are from maybe Blaine's Farm and Fleet sells that brand? I believe Land Pride makes one as well. With the non-JD brand tillers you will have to ensure it is quick hitch compatible. The specifications do not always say that.

    Here is link to the Northern Tool section for CAT 1 tillers and cultivators.

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    thanks for the replies. I am lucky very few rocks. But I have more time than money so taking my time, love the seat time.
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    I'd say save the money for more attachments and get the King Kutter XB model and you can make some small mods for it to work on the imatch as many members here have done. One member here is great with making videos on just about everything. https://youtu.be/056uuicU3K8
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    Mills Fleet Farm would be another place to look for the King Kutter tillers. I have a Landpride on my 1025r and love it. Not cheap however but I could roll the cost into the financing which was a big plus. I have clay soil and rocks in my gardens and the Landpride tackles it all without an issue. I've slipped the slip clutch on it a couple times.


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    I have the Deere 647. It is a pretty solid tiller...and it has a slip clutch, so you don't need to worry about tearing it up. It did a good job for me digging a garden into hard grassland. I would have no problem recommending it. Like others have said, however, you can get a really good tiller for less money with the King Kutter.

    Sometimes it can be kind of a pain to have a lot of good options...
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    Jd 647 👌

    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrod32 View Post
    I have the Deere 647. It is a pretty solid tiller...and it has a slip clutch, so you don't need to worry about tearing it up. It did a good job for me digging a garden into hard grassland. I would have no problem recommending it. Like others have said, however, you can get a really good tiller for less money with the King Kutter.

    Sometimes it can be kind of a pain to have a lot of good options...
    I have 6 acres of clay soil and a 647 tiller. The slipper clutch is nice, but if you burn it up (my own inexperienced operator stupidity) you may have a probkem. JD sells the whole clutch for about $1000. That's nuts! I bought the clutch disks for less then $40 from Agri-Fab and spent less than 45 minutes changing them out. Would I spend more for the 647 vs the other tillers?
    I got it rolled into the tractor purchase deal so it made sense, especially after I looked at the weight. I like more wt on my 3 pt implements. The 1025R can't press down on the 3 pt hitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Minuteman17 View Post
    ... The 1025R can't press down on the 3 pt hitch.
    Neither can any other tractor as far as I know.
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    The 647 gets another endorsement from me, too. Very beefy, and tears through my clay-filled dirt with no problem. I got it rolled into the tractor purchase and was going to buy a new 647, and at the last minute the dealer called to tell me a used one just came in, which they sold me for a great price and rolled it into the monthly payments. Maybe your dealer can offer insight about 647 turnover and if you can get a used one.
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    1025R TLB with the 53" loader bucket and 12" backhoe bucket, 54" mower deck (no AutoConnect!), 54" snowblower, 647 tiller, and a ballast box. Fitted an RIO override, added several KBOGH products (a pair of hooks on the loader bucket, a clevis mount to the backhoe, and the diff lock pedal), a GoPro mount on top of the ROPS, R2 Manufacturing 2x 4" Edge Tamers and Edge Extenders. What next?

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    I can say the 647 is a great tiller as I had one. Used it on my rocky soil with lots of rocks, no problem what so ever. When I traded up in tractors I also traded up in tillers as I thought bigger was better. Not always the case as for tillers, bigger also means heavier. I still would have had to trade the tiller because the one I had was a cat. 0 and I traded to a cat. 1. After 14 years my tiller is still as good as new and I do my share of tilling and even though I got rid of a lot of rocks, I still have a lot of rocks. I till every spring and every fall. I had a garden that was 50'x60', 30'x100' and am now on one that is 55'x120'. All 3 of my gardens were made in virgin soil. When I get done tilling you will sink into the soil a good 1½ to 2 inches when walking on it. My tiller is a Curtis I got from my JD dealer. Can't seem to find them anywhere except in my barn.
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