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Old March 1, 2015   #16
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Where is a good online site for these? Thanks, Beale.

I have never ordered one but here is a site that sells them.
http://www.easydigging.com/grub-hoe.html

Take time to look at all of the neat tools they have.

The hoes are made in Brazil (NOT) China like the knock offs they sell here in the stores.

These folks have one too but are out of stock.

http://www.lehmans.com/

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I have never ordered one but here is a site that sells them.
http://www.easydigging.com/grub-hoe.html

Take time to look at all of the neat tools they have.

The hoes are made in Brazil (NOT) China like the knock offs they sell here in the stores.

These folks have one too but are out of stock.

http://www.lehmans.com/

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I bookmarked The easy digging site, again thanks! I am gonna order 2 tools, Beale.

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I like these.
The ones with the 25 inch handles would be nice.
http://www.easydigging.com/hand-hoe.html
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Mine is something like this. It is cold outside and I am not going to the shed to check. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honda-9-i...5yc1vZbxceZ3le
My husband brought home a 2 cycle about 10 years ago and I hated it and he grew to hate it too. It could not get through even the raised beds. He likes to save money and buys what is cheap and you get what you pay for. He replaced it with the Honda which I love. I don't have to mix the gasoline and it has a lot of power and easy to use.
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This is the one I purchased in 2012 for around 325.00. It's a Honda 4 Cycle with a 9 inch till.

Excellent machine.




I have now outgrown it and have recently purchased a larger 5HP front tine machine.
The Honda would be great for any raised bed but I plant in ground and have been wanting to expand my planting area by a sizable amount and the Honda was just too small.
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This is the one I purchased in 2012 for around 325.00. It's a Honda 4 Cycle with a 9 inch till.

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I have now outgrown it and have recently purchased a larger 5HP front tine machine.
The Honda would be great for any raised bed but I plant in ground and have been wanting to expand my planting area by a sizable amount and the Honda was just too small.
We have a larger tiller too that is a Troy-Bilt. We are a two tiller family.

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We have a larger tiller too that is a Troy-Bilt. We are a two tiller family.
YAY!!! Well I'm going to list the Honda on Craigslist for around 175.00.
I've used the H3&L out of it due to the fact that I should have had a bigger tiller to begin with and pushed it really hard but it took it and asked for more.

As for me it wore me out because it just didn't have the power or the size to till a larger plot of ground.
I very much look forward to using the larger machine I have.

My neighbor down the street has a Troy Built rear tine and using it is like pushing a hot knife through butter.

I hope my larger one is at least somewhat like this.
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YAY!!! Well I'm going to list the Honda on Craigslist for around 175.00.
I've used the H3&L out of it due to the fact that I should have had a bigger tiller to begin with and pushed it really hard but it took it and asked for more.

As for me it wore me out because it just didn't have the power or the size to till a larger plot of ground.
I very much look forward to using the larger machine I have.

My neighbor down the street has a Troy Built rear tine and using it is like pushing a hot knife through butter.

I hope my larger one is at least somewhat like this.
Nothing beats a rear tine tiller.

Mine is a craftsman dual rotating rear tine tiller.

You can run the tines backwards while the tiller is going forward and really dig down deep It has two different things that come down one is for the tilling and is a depth gauge.
The other is a spike and is for when the tillers tines are running forward and it keeps the thing from running off like a wild mule.
This method is called cultivating and really smooths the soil.
I also use it as a small tractor to drag large heavy objects around the place.

It has a 8.5 206 CC Briggs and Stratton motor on it.

It was even used to dig out a huge hole where one of my raised beds is.
It was about 3.5 cubic yards and total weight was around 10,000 pounds of soil.
Did it all by hand.

I love the thing.

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I personally think it would be a waste of money that could be spent more wisely on drip irrigation stuff.

With a 3 foot X 12 foot bed you can if you want just use a small heavy hand mattox like I do.
Or a nice hoe like this.

No need to till deep at all in a raised bed.
I just keep piling leaves in mine.

Just something to break up the surface.

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.Worth where is a good on-line vendor for these? I have a nice Hand tool for the work. Just do not know if it will do all I need? This man started his company in Burlington NC. I went to the annual Gareden show every year and he or daughter were allays there. I bought one my 2nd yers there, Beale.


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Y.all ever dream about your dream Tiller? for ,me it is BCS Rear tin tiller. I am noe sure if you can list coms?HA Hear would my preference without going to a complete tractor style.


http://www.bcsamerica.com/
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I have and use an early 80's troy built horse
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I have and use an early 80's troy built horse

The early Troy Built were Tanks!! You could not kill them! Shame now on how they are made! Beale.
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The early Troy Built were Tanks!! You could not kill them! Shame now on how they are made! Beale.
They are made that way now for the same reason they make cars that crumble up in a wreck.

If you run into a post the tiller crumbles up instead of sending you over the handlebars.

By the year 2020 all tillers will be required to have airbags installed.


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I have a Mantis tiller and it's ok, but if I were to start over again I'd get something bigger. My unworked soil is rocky and when tilling a new patch (which I'll be doing this year to plant sweet potatoes for the first time) the rocks easily gets caught in the tines and stalls the engine. I don't know if a larger tiller would handle rocks better or not, but it hardly seems worth it to have to stop every few seconds and remove the tines to get a rock unstuck.

The other thing I really don't like about it is you have to remove the transmission cover before every few uses and add grease. They use a #0 grease which I have difficulty finding locally so I end up buying over-priced grease from Mantis directly. I assume there is similar maintenance that has to be done with larger tillers too, though. I am also not a fan of needing to mix oil and gas; never sure if I'm adding in the correct ratio (don't have enough fingers to do that math!).

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Am I correct? I come from working construction. You buy your tool one time if at all possible. I would guess this is the same in Gardening? Beale.
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