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Which brand of garden tiller (not cultivator) do you use for hard soil?
Looking at several with tines in the back.
There are numerous brands.
 
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The absolute best IMO is the TroyBuilt Horse, especially with the hiller/furrow attachment. It's a little expensive is why I have to rent one every few years. This thing will almost dig through concrete
 
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The size of the area sort of dictates your choice. The modern rototillers consist of a lot of junk, so be careful. I have rented some and some are almost useless. The rear tines do a good job but one needs a large area. I have a large one and the small Honda FG110 cultivator. I tend to use the cultivator more since my area is about 1500 square feet. Both mine are front tines.
 
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the box stores sell tillers.. you get what you pay for there :whistle:.....
they are made from stamped metal.... and whatever you do never buy a front tine tiller, per waste of money. if your a serious gardener look around a purchase a "troy bilt" that has a cast iron body if you take care of it , it will outlive you..
also check craigslist somebody is getting out of gardening......

best to till up soil while it's damp, you might have to do a couple pass's. been adding compost and black cow to my main garden for years. the tiller can walk itself 10+" deep almost in a straight line..
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Spoke with my neighbor farmer who would remove the sod with his caterpillar. Should make things easier. Removing sod by hand would be quite a chore. Wonder if his shovel could till the soil?
 
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remember tilling the slope down in our valley garden. As I was tilling, I also placed bags of compost and manure at intervals so it was mixing and blending the soil with the other two ingredients. gravity helped with the downward motion.
 
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up here we have very hard clay/ rocky soil. rear tines have a hard time breaking it up. usually wind up breaking pins and sometimes tines! i bought a small front tine from tractor supply. takes a hell of a beating but has done the job for the last 3 yrs. with no issues.
i use it mostly in my raspberry patch which is pretty small which is perfect for this tiller great for mixing up compost piles too. not a fan of front tines as it takes some work to control them but they take a lot more abuse than the rear tine and i paid $250 for it!
 
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A front tine tiller may be the most useful overall. For digging deep I like a reversible tine tiller because they dont jump as bad as the forward tine type can, which can cause a wreck in tight places.
 

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