If you have a large farm or ranch, one of the most useful machines you own is your back tiller. There are many different types of back tillers, which all do different things to different fields and situations. You might own one or more in order to get the job done. If you don’t own a back tiller yet, it’s about time you got one. Just make sure you do your research.
There are four main factors that you need to consider when looking for the best rear tine tiller. First, there is the ability to turn the handle. The bigger the machine, the better it will be at turning; so get a big tiller. Second, there is the ability to maneuver the rotational handle. All four types have some sort of control mechanism for moving the handle, but the best rear tillers have a great deal more maneuverability than the rest.
The fifth factor is that of durability. Tractors and equipment wear down over time, especially on hard ground or masonry surfaces. A good, sturdy back tiller will last you for many years if it’s taken care of. Check how long the frame is, as well as the weight. Nothing too heavy will be too difficult for a working farm or ranch.
Fourth, speed is important, particularly if you have a lot of field work to do. The better tines will be able to move the heavy equipment along the field quickly. Look for a heavy-duty engine that can go the distance. Also, look for a tiller with an automatic starting mechanism that uses counter-rotating tines for power. These tend to be a little faster, but tend not to have as much power as the manual start models.
Fifth, look for heavy-duty construction. Some of these are built to be more durable under harsh situations. These include rough or rocky terrains. Also, look for a tiller with a large drum that has numerous teeth. The number of teeth on the drum is especially important in heavy-duty models with many rolling cycles. Look also for a self-propelled motor that has a wide operating range, such as those found on self-propelled wheelchairs.
Sixth, consider ease of setup. Many people want a rear tiller for its ease of use. Look for a tiller that has an easy-to-use controls panel that is easily accessible from the tractor seat. This should be easily adjustable for both height and width. Furthermore, ensure that you can easily release the tiller from its upright position to clear land.
Seventh, pay attention to the depth of the tiller’s seat. A full-sized tiller takes up a lot of space because of its heavy size. On the other hand, a compact model may fit into a confined area with ease. Therefore, look for a depth that is at least three times as deep as the width of your tractor seat.
Finally, consider the type of tiller you need. There are filters that allow you to raise and lower the bed of the vehicle while others are designed for light tillage. Further, there are also filters for digging or leveling the soil. One of the best tilters is the tilter model that has a cutting disc that slices through the till. Look for these models if you need heavy-duty tillers for intensive tillage.
Another important consideration is the height of the platform. The height is affected by the attachments available with your tillers. You can choose from the mini, small, or medium-sized attachments. However, ensure that you secure them well because some of them are quite heavy. For intensive work, consider purchasing rear tilers with attachments for greater lifting capacity.
Finally, check out the tires and if they have the right tread. Most rear tine tillers have four-stroke engines. However, it is still advisable to confirm this by having a ride on the vehicle. Good tires will allow the vehicle to run smoothly even with minimal traction.
One last thing to confirm when looking for the ideal rear tine tiller is to make sure that it is a good idea to attach an easy-release wheel jack to the tiller. This will be very important in getting your tiller up and down in tight places. If you do not attach a wheel jack to your tiller, the tires may not be able to grip the ground well. This will be very detrimental to your maneuverability.