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Time for tillers

Spring is here, and it's time to start thinking about your garden. Save yourself from the back-breaking work of a shovel or hoe and consider a garden tiller. Gardeners love tillers because the machines make starting new beds, cultivating weeds, and working in compost much easier.
Rear-tine garden tillers, such as the Simplicity 7016RT pictured above, help start new beds, cultivate weeds, and work in compost. Most models feature forward and reverse operation, tines that dig deep and wide, and plenty of power — perfect for large jobs and tough soils.

BCS, Cub Cadet, Earthquake, Honda, Husqvarna, Maxim

Spring is here, and it's time to start thinking about your garden. Save yourself from the back-breaking work of a shovel or hoe and consider a garden tiller. Gardeners love tillers because the machines make starting new beds, cultivating weeds, and working in compost much easier.

Tillers come with blades (or tines) in either the front or the back. While front-tine tillers are designed for light maintenance, rear-tine tillers have a gas-powered motor located above the front wheels, which propel the tiller through tough soils.

Transferring power from the engine to the wheels enables the rear-tine tillers to tackle larger jobs in landscaping and serious gardening. Perfect for any acreage and with all the muscle you need, rear-tine tillers only require you to guide the tiller as it does the work. Try a rear-tine tiller this spring.

BCS

BCS allows you to purchase a two-wheel tractor system and add attachments to it. The BCS 718 tractor has an adjustable handlebar system that provides added antivibration and improves shifting. The tractor also features reverse operation, a separate control to turn your implement on and off independently of the wheels, and a fast transport speed to get it to the garden quickly. The 18-inch rear-mount tiller attachment is rated for an 8-inch tilling depth. With the 18-inch tiller attached, the 718 features both low gear for seedbed preparation and second gear for cultivating. MSRP is $2,399. 800/543-1040 www.livingthecountrylife.com/go/1103

Cub Cadet

The Cub Cadet RT 65 has a 190-cc Honda GC overhead valve engine. The transmission is self-propelled with forward and reverse operation. Tines are 12 inches in diameter and are dual directional, heat treated, and self-sharpening. The tiller width is 18 inches, and 16-inch pneumatic agricultural tread tires allow the tiller to maneuver in an array of conditions. An adjustable depth bar allows you to choose to prep soil (deep) or to weed it (shallow). The tiller also features an adjustable handle and a heavy-duty front weight to help dig into the soil. MSRP is $679. 330/273-8669 www.livingthecountrylife.com/go/1104

Earthquake

The Earthquake 7065V holds a 196-cc Viper engine. The transmission is self-propelled with forward and reverse operation and is made of cast iron for ultimated durability (the added weight also provides better handling). Tines are 11 inches in diameter and are standard rotating. The tiller width is 16 inches with 13-inch tires. Tilling depth is 10 inches, and the Isovibe adjustable drag stake automatically maintains optimal digging level. The Isovibe also eliminates porpoising and dragging effects. The tiller features a three-position adjustable handlebar and ergonomically designed safety control lever. MSRP is $699. 715/822-2415 www.livingthecountrylife.com/go/1105

Honda

The Honda FR600 has a 163-cc GX160 overhead valve engine. The chain-driven transmission has three forward gears and reverse. Tines are 12 inches in diameter; the tilling width is 20 inches. A two-direction depth bar provides better tilling performance in varying soil conditions. The full loop handlebar and three-position handlebar adjustment allow for comfortable operating height. Controls are easy to access on the handlebar. The tiller also features a full- tine enclosure, full-width drag flap, and a standard front counterweight. MSRP is $1,859. 770/497-6400 www.livingthecountrylife.com/go/1106

Husqvarna

The Husqvarna 650RTT holds an 8.75 gross torque Briggs & Stratton Intek overhead valve engine. The chain-driven transmission is sealed for long life, with power forward and reverse operation. The tines are counter rotating for deep-depth soil preparation and are 12 inches in diameter. The tilling width is 17 inches, and 16-inch oversized agricultural tires provide a stable base. Drive controls are easily accessed on the adjustable split handle. A full-tine enclosure and full-width drag flap are standard. Counterweights provide balance and maximize ground engagement. MSRP is $649.95. 800/448-7543 www.livingthecountrylife.com/go/1107

Maxim

The Maxim RMHGU Series of tillers offer a selection of engine sizes, including a 6.5-hp. Honda model. Instead of being confined to a factory-set high or low speed, Maxim's hydrostatic drive allows the operator to adjust the tilling speed to suit soil conditions and depths. Forward and reverse operation is controlled by hand friction. The tines are counter rotating, deep digging, and 12.5 inches in diameter; the tilling width is 21 inches. The tiller also features 16-inch tractor wheels and a welded and braced steel frame, offering the utmost in durability. MSRP is $2,699. 800/621-2789 www.livingthecountrylife.com/go/1108

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