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    Looking to buy a new tiller

    I had a King Kutter 72" tiller for 10 years. Did a good job in everything but sod but worked well over all. No issues what so ever.

    A friend of mine just got a used Yanmar and made me an offer I just couldn't refuse so now I'm in the market for a new tiller.

    Been looking around and for the money the King Kutter is still the the best value tiller I've seen.

    But (there is always a but) now there are reverse tine, "C" tine, chain drive, gear drive, pinion style gear box, pressure tail gates ..... ect.

    What I'll be doing with it is lite landscaping, for hire garden tilling (new sod busting and existing) and food plots.

    Been looking hard at the Phoenix, Frontier and LandPride Tillers and am thinking of going to a 82"-84" (New 4066 should handle it) BUT they are twice the price of the KK,

    Any suggestions? Or a brand I'm over looking.
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    Any tiller their hardest job is sod. Along with price is how it is built.Overall weight can tell you how tough it is (housing,tine thickness) and as always availability for parts now and down the road.
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    82"-84" tiller?! That's a whole new world to me. I got nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TC Plowing View Post
    I had a King Kutter 72" tiller for 10 years. Did a good job in everything but sod but worked well over all. No issues what so ever.

    Any suggestions? Or a brand I'm over looking.
    With 10 years experience tilling, I suspect you know more about tillers than the rest of us!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TC Plowing View Post
    I had a King Kutter 72" tiller for 10 years. Did a good job in everything but sod but worked well over all. No issues what so ever.

    A friend of mine just got a used Yanmar and made me an offer I just couldn't refuse so now I'm in the market for a new tiller.

    Been looking around and for the money the King Kutter is still the the best value tiller I've seen.

    But (there is always a but) now there are reverse tine, "C" tine, chain drive, gear drive, pinion style gear box, pressure tail gates ..... ect.

    What I'll be doing with it is lite landscaping, for hire garden tilling (new sod busting and existing) and food plots.

    Been looking hard at the Phoenix, Frontier and LandPride Tillers and am thinking of going to a 82"-84" (New 4066 should handle it) BUT they are twice the price of the KK,

    Any suggestions? Or a brand I'm over looking.
    have u looked very hard at a reverse rotation tiller yet? before i bought my KK 60 inch tiller, i almost bought one-kk has reverse rotation tines--only a hair more money. what i liked a bout them was how they buried the sod and greens to the bottom. look on u-tube-lots of videos on their about tillers that have reverse tines-very impressive. the reason i didn't get one is because i want to plow mine before tilling. good luck
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levi View Post
    82"-84" tiller?! That's a whole new world to me. I got nothing.
    The old Kubota 38 hp handled the 72" very well figured the new JD 66 hp could handle another 12". It is a bit big I'll give ya that. But thats one less pass in every 6

    Quote Originally Posted by timmarks View Post
    With 10 years experience tilling, I suspect you know more about tillers than the rest of us!
    10 years with one type and brand. Looking for info on others ie reverse tine, C tine vs L tine, chain drive vs gear drive ........

    Quote Originally Posted by BigJim55 View Post
    have u looked very hard at a reverse rotation tiller yet? before i bought my KK 60 inch tiller, i almost bought one-kk has reverse rotation tines--only a hair more money. what i liked a bout them was how they buried the sod and greens to the bottom. look on u-tube-lots of videos on their about tillers that have reverse tines-very impressive. the reason i didn't get one is because i want to plow mine before tilling. good luck
    Yeh watched all the different commercial youtube vids. I'm with ya on reverse tine turning cover under much better. But some say standard rotation gives a better smother seed bed. I was hoping that someone on here had some actual experience with other type (C tines are advertised to "chew" better than L tines) and brand tillers. (Italian tiller mfg Maschio & Phoenix are advertised to be the best on the market. WHY? )

    I'll probably end up gettin another KK based on Price alone but I am really interested in what makes the others so much "Better". And if they really are worth the extra money.
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    To tell the truth, I haven't heard of reverse tine tilling and C-tines till about a year or 2 ago. Mine is just a normal tiller and it works for me so it's what I'll stay with. I'd hate to get a different one and fine out I didn't like it after spending the money. You know the "why fix it if it ain't broke" theory. Haven't heard much about the reverse tine tiller's. I've seen one in action and it seems to do a good job. But that was in a video. I'd want to see it in person doing it's work.
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    I've not seen much chatter here at GTT about Tarter products, when I decide to pull the trigger on a tiller (Rotary Tiller - Tarter Farm & Ranch), I believe It's the unit I'll buy. It only comes in L tines, but they can be set to run in either forward or reverse direction. I doubt it would be something one would do every day, but could be done each season as needed.

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    I didn't really know about the tine options. I did find this, which is pretty informative

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubber View Post
    I didn't really know about the tine options. I did find this, which is pretty informative
    Thank You. Great explanation of the time types.
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