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 09-04-2001, 07:41 Post: 31550
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OK, give me an opinion. I have heard that you need a VERY slow tractor ground speed for a rototiller to work properly. I know if you go too fast, the soil is not tilled adequately. However, I am not sure what VERY slow is. My JD 950 will go at .8 mph in 1L at rated PTO speed. I know some tractors will go .5 mph or less in lowest gear. How slow is slow to get good soil mixing with a rototiller.Also, I am looking at the King Kutter tillers since I have a local dealer. They look good and look strong. Any opinion?






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 09-04-2001, 09:18 Post: 31553
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Everyone knows about opinions.... Slower ground speed will just help you till the soil much finer. Slow is good!! As far as a brand of rototiller, I bought a Landpride 1558 and am very pleased with its performance. My suggestion is to shop around and look at all of the brands. Price is important, but features are important and construction are important too. You may find that paying a a few dollars more will get you more flexability and longer service. Get the salepeople to give you the pretty-colored glossies and compare. Also, a dealer that sells more equipment can be more flexable in their pricing. Oops, almost forgot, go to every manuafacturers website to gather information prior to going to the dealer. You'd be surprised at how little they know.....






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 09-04-2001, 11:54 Post: 31557
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Bill, I guess practice and experience is the best way to learn the proper speed for your ground and conditions, but to quote from my Bush Hog tiller manual,

"Average ground speed with reasonable moisture content will allow travel speeds up to 2 mph. Hard ground will require low travel speed, less than 1 mph, to ensure smooth operation and maximum possible depth. Shallow weed cultivation will allow speeds up to 3 mph."






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 09-04-2001, 20:56 Post: 31576
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I have a 5' King Kutter rototiller. It seems heavy duty enough for everything I need to do with it. As far as tractor speed goes, the depth you have the tiller set at seems to dictate how fast you can go. I run mine at about 3" or so and am able to move along fairly quickly.






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 09-05-2001, 12:50 Post: 31597
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Thanks for the info. It is particularly good to see what an operators manual actually says about it.

One more question. What hp for a 6' tiller? My JD 950 has 27 max PTO hp and runs a 6' brush hog with no problem. Will that also run a 6' tiller? My rear wheel width is 64" so I need at least a 5 1/2' tiller to cover tire tracks. I could get an offset tiller, but it would be a nuisance to always have to go the same direction when tilling a large area.






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 09-05-2001, 14:17 Post: 31601
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Bill, in my opinion 27 PTO hp can handle a 72" tiller, but of course it depends to some extent on the kind of soil, moisture content, etc. I have a 40" Bush Hog that I bought when I had a B7100 (16 engine; 13 PTO hp) and it covered by back tracks. Now I'm using it on a B2710 (27 engine; 20 PTO hp), offset to cover my right track. I would much prefer having a 54" to 62" tiller, but just can't bring myself to spend the money since the one I have works just fine.






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 09-06-2001, 12:14 Post: 31625
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My tractor ownwer's manual recommended the max weight and size for my particular model. I ended up with a Kuhn EL-32, 50" tiller behind my Kubota B2400 (18 PTO hp) and it works well. It's big enough to cover the tire tracks and although right at the max weight recommended, it is easily handled by the 3-pt. If you go to the Kuhn site you will be able to size a tiller to fit your tractor but a 6' tiller sounds OK for your application. As far as "slow" is concerned, when you start using it, it will tell you how slow you need to go. When I first tilled my garden I did it in 3 passes to get to full depth because of all the rocks but now I can till it in 1 pass fairly quickly with only the occasional "bang and bounce" because of the hidden rocks I haven't got out yet.






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