Tired of tilling the gardens by hand...

Tired of tilling the gardens by hand...

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Michael

Painted Post, NY

#1 Mar 15, 2013
Every year I go out with a shovel... a hoe... and a hard tine rake... and I dig out / turn the gardens by hand... it's a LOT of work and I'm going to be expanding a bit this year - which is just going to make it worse...

So I have $75 in gift cards for Home Depot that I got from one of my credit cards... and am thinking of rototiller and putting the gift cards towards that...

Right now the one I have my eye on is:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/t/203284472...

It's a Poulan 205cc front end thing... actually made by Husqvarna...

Anyone have any thoughts or own one themselves... even if it's a different model Poulan / Husqvarna that they feel like giving some feedback on ?

Plan B to buy a used one... but already looked at two but they were in really bad condition for the amount of money the people wanted...
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#2 Mar 15, 2013
Ya can't go wrong with Polan or Husgavrna. i give them both full stars. don't buy anything used because many people don't know that all small engines need to have a additive treatment because of the percentage of ethanol in the gas. without the treatment any small engine will start hard and then die in a short time of use. you can buy it at lowes, depot or even any auto parts store. This is very important to know.
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#3 Mar 15, 2013
I'm telling the truth. now watch the bad judging show up. but i dont care eather way. just trying to help and give my point of view.
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#4 Mar 15, 2013
If you live near to a farmer and ask, they would more then likely do it for nothing and then you could flip them a twenty or do a trade like in the old day's.

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#6 Mar 17, 2013
Anyone else have any input...

If not I will probably be pulling the trigger on buying this during the coming week...
Tyrone

Corning, NY

#8 Mar 17, 2013
I don't have a specific brand to recommend, but I would definately look into rear tine tillers. Do a Google for pros & cons but in general the rear tined ones are preferable.

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#9 Mar 17, 2013
I've used both front and rear tillers in the past and you're right about a good rear one being much better...

It's not just that the machines are often more substantial than their front tine cousins... they also beat the operator up a lot less... and things like mounding when tilling are less of a concern...

The reason I'm looking at the front ones because they're cheaper... it's really just frugality as much as anything... as the tiller will probably only be a couple of days twice a year that it gets used i.e. tilling for planting / prep and then tilling everything under at the end of the seasons...

Either way - thank you for the input !
jack

Vienna, VA

#11 Mar 17, 2013
Have you just considered renting one from Taylor for the day? Why spend all that money buying a cheaper model for a piece of equipment you will use on day a year?

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#13 Mar 17, 2013
I was thinking of just renting but then I called around and got some prices...

It would be about $50 for a day rental... figure a gallon of gas... bumming a ride from someone with a truck... and so on.

In the end it seemed like purchasing one would be a better deal... as it would be there when I needed / wanted it... and even if it's only used twice a year - it should pay for itself in just 3 years... and it should last much longer than that...
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#15 Mar 17, 2013
Its fun to watch something grow and its nature to provide delight. if you want to expand a little of your garden...you could always take your time and do a little bit of added soil clearing a little bit at a time when the soil is moist and easy to dig into when warmer weather come's in the spring.

I know a cougar down the road who hire's a young man with muscles to do odd things around her house. i'm thinking that he and she makes out very well with deals.
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#17 Mar 17, 2013
Make sure before or during the tilling of soil for planting is that most of anything growen other then Herbs has to have that light dusting of lime or should be mixed into the soil from preventing slugs and cut worms from entering or being active already in your garden of planting veggies. to keep deer, rabbits and rodents away from such sproutings of future growth for pleasure or use of time and a hobby, you can grow merrigold flowers around the border.

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#18 Mar 17, 2013
I'm actually big into tomatoes, peppers and blueberries... so I like my soil acidic - especially for the blueberries.

But yeah...

I've actually used lime trails around the perimeter to catch the slugs and stuff... I actually do the lines and then dump the dregs from my beer brewing ( the slugs go right to the stuff ) on the opposite / plant side of things... and the things do a death march right over the stuff !

My biggest problem are things like woodchucks and similar...

I actually have night vision cameras around the house ( thanks hate group and crazy person from Canada )and point at the yards / gardens... so I can usually see where they are getting entrance into the yard from... and then a bit of - yeah it's gross - jug of pee poured near there - seems to deter them...
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#19 Mar 17, 2013
Yes. spreding Human pee spread around can help keep the keep away's away. PH in the soil for my grapes need attention in the spring. i have alot of wild strawberrie, blueberrie, byosinbarrys, and raspberries that border around my hedgerows. i'm looking into the first time of growing a private and secure garden of pepperoncini's for flavor in cooking.

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#20 Mar 17, 2013
Jake wrote:
Yes. spreding Human pee spread around can help keep the keep away's away. PH in the soil for my grapes need attention in the spring. i have alot of wild strawberrie, blueberrie, byosinbarrys, and raspberries that border around my hedgerows. i'm looking into the first time of growing a private and secure garden of pepperoncini's for flavor in cooking.
None this year i.e. pepperoncini... still have a bunch of pickled ones from last year...

I think I'm the only one that eats them... and then its only to chop the top off them and throw them on Italian subs...

But easy to grow...

Better hope I don't find your place... I'll be out there sneaking in and picking your boysenberries and raspberries... lol !

:-)
Jake

Apalachin, NY

#21 Mar 18, 2013
Watch out for the Bear's. i do have some wild Blackberries that grow along a section of my road frontage but theres that chance of a car going out of control and running into you. (crazy drivers). I see a few dogs who like to keep mommy's in shape picking and using Z-lock bags to haul. (the mommy's not the dog, they dont have thumbs) but it's funny how one of them hides when they hear a car coming, but theres no need too, it's God's gift to them, i didn't plant them their.

“If you're happy & you know it”

Since: Feb 13

clap your hands!

#22 Mar 18, 2013
Sorry, no advice on rototillers. My neighbors rent one every year and they loan it out to all the other neighbors to till their gardens before returning it. In exchange we give the renter one of our seedlings for their garden. Works out for everyone.

That being said I've never heard a bad review about any husquavarna tool.

“Words are words are words.”

Since: Mar 13

Earth

#24 Mar 23, 2013
I still haven't pulled the trigger on this purchase...

It turns out I was talking to a neighbor the other day and it seems he actually had good luck finding one for sale online... so I'm enlisting his help and putting off on getting a new one for a little bit...

Then there is always the option of borrowing his - now that I know it's his / not borrowed from someone else... but I'm always concerned about having someone else's stuff break on me.

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