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Old February 28, 2015   #1
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I am looking for a small tiller. I looked at the Mantis nice but pricey! Anybody got any suggestions?
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I am looking for a small tiller. I looked at the Mantis nice but pricey! Anybody got any suggestions?
I primarily do no till. But I do have a small Troy Bilt electric tiller. I would recommend it. Inexpensive and gets the job done quite well.

Of course I barely use it anymore though. Once you learn good no till techniques, the soil gets so good after a few years that if you need a crumbly seed bed, a rake usually does the trick.
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What will this tiller be used for?
How much area?

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I have a small electric one made by Yard Machines. I used to till everywhere with larger tillers but now only do the rows a couple inches deep where the seeds go. Tilled a 20 by 10 area of old grassy backyard for a neighbor, that was more than this tiller wanted to do. For a garden with good soil it is enough.
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I was wondering if I will need one for the Raised bed? Beale.
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I was wondering if I will need one for the Raised bed? Beale.
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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Thanks Worth! I will look for one of those! Beale.
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I use a broadfork -- I wouldn't want to even try using a tiller in my raised beds.
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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.

Worth
Talking from experience, I would certainly recommend Worth's advice.

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On my 3x12' raised beds, I use a long handled square shovel. The shovel costs less neck and shoulder pain than the little tiller.

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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.

Worth
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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.

Worth



Where is a good online site for these? Thanks, Beale.
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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/

Worth


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

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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.

Worth

.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.


I Like to read about them and dream. Beale.

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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.

Worth
Worth you got it right, they are just toys.
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