Tilling is a hugely important process in land preparation and a big factor in achieving healthy soil, blooming plants, and a bountiful harvest.
And in tandem with what has been happening in other farming machinery, some of the recent interventions such as the pull behind tiller for ATV have dramatically simplified the entire procedure in addition to doing a better job.
More so for medium and large-scale farms where the good old manual methods such as hand tools (dibbles, hoes, shovels, etc.) have not only proven costly in terms of time but also less intensive.Properly ploughed soil encourages newly planted seeds to sprout faster through the surface and to continue growing rapidly through the seasons.
Tilling is the mechanical agitation of soil and involves activities such as digging, overturning, and stirring.
These activities help the soil and ultimately your plants in several ways:
As I had mentioned, you can’t compare hand-driven tilling tools with a pull behind garden tiller.
For instance, a pull behind tiller for lawn mower will do a thorough job and takes minimum time. You will also find them more practical.
Now, the market offers several types of tillers but for this article, I will only look at the differences in their operational design;
These tillers are pushed (powered) forward by the user when tilling. They are directed and controlled by hand so more taxing.
Of course, walk behind tillers are better than shovels and hoes but for the fact that they may cause back problems due to the required muscle power to dig deeper and their tendency to sometimes ‘run away’ from the farmer- when in full flight, they can be quite hard to rein on.
A pull behind cultivator is a tiller which is towed by another vehicle. You can fix them on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), a tractor (with a PTO) etc.
Their wheels are designed such that they roll easily when pulled along with the tines reaching deeper, and mixing the soil intensively.
The tiller attachment for riding lawn mower is generally more powerful and intense yet uncomplicated to operate.
A lawn tractor tiller is designed for farm owners who need a potent tiller but lack a tractor (with a PTO), or any farmer who need to till tight, tough-to-reach places.
Gardeners with large operations love these workaholics.
Because of its versatility, a lawn tractor tiller will generally cost a little bit more.
For this reason, some gardeners opt to rent a pull behind rototiller.
However, considering their formidable performance and versatility, they remain the most economical in tilling larger areas- in the long run.
Armed with a roaring 206cc Briggs-Stratton engine, this lawn mower tiller is a distinguished performer on all types of soils and is a very good even in immensely compacted clay soil.
Its six durable double-edged heavy-duty tines (11-inch in diameter) breaks up everything into the finest bits, removing weeds expertly, and also perfectly mixes organic matter to leave the soil 100% ready for planting.
These tines are forward rotating meaning you can use it behind any ATV (provided it can produce at least 12hp).
Plus, it affords you a fairly large 36-inch tilling width meaning that you’ll complete tilling within no time and with minimal effort.
Then, if you’re looking for a tiller that can go deeper, this can adjust to till up to 5.5-inches deep so you are assured of a better aeration in your seedbed.
Coming to finer details, its hitch pin attachment means it easily fits onto ATVs and doesn’t need you to use any special equipment.
This, coupled with easily-reachable controls makes it one of the most user-friendly tow-behind tillers.
The tires are 15” x 6” and are the type that stands up to all terrain in addition to maneuvering smoothly over narrow surfaces.
This is another tow-behind cultivator that gets the job done with admirable urgency.
It’s designed to work behind any 500cc (or larger) lawn mowers, ATVs or UTVs and has one of the biggest tilling widths, covering up to 48-inch with each pass.
Such coverage, and a marauding performance has seen this cultivator continue to win over more market share since it was launched.
The other reason for its growing fame is the way it’s easy to operate….
First, its pin-style hitch usually adjusts to stand at the same height with the towing vehicle making it easy to mount.
Secondly, it allows you to adjust the depth so that you can customize the till to meet any unique conditions in soil.
In addition, you manage the control lever by hand – easily raising or lowering to cultivate when you arrive at the targeted spots.
The 7 shovels till and drill magnificently while they can be removed when you are done to ensure it doesn’t take up a lot of space in storage
Also important are the 13-inch pneumatic tires which absorb shock loads superiorly protecting you from impact and ensuring an easy ride over bumpy areas.
As far as durability is concerned, this is one of the longer-lasting tow-behind tillers thanks to the powder-coat finishing which makes it fully resistant to scratching, chipping, and fading.
The biggest news with this powerful tow-behind tiller is the versatility it delivers.
To begin with, the design of the tines enables it to easily hoist on any available vehicles including ATVs, lawn tractors, and UTVs – much unlike other models which limit you to a tractor.
Then we have the 205cc engine from Briggs and Stratton which gives it the torque to work on any type of soil no matter the level of compartment..
Looking at the tines, you appreciate why this records the kind of results it does.
It relies on a total of 24 hardened tine blades, each 12” long to till extremely deep.
The best bit is that the tines are further guarded by a metallic shield to ensure they don’t break easily even if they encounter a rock.
It tills 36-inches wide with every pass which is generally sufficient to effectively and efficiently prepare different sizes of plots.
Then, and as you would expect, it comes with Pneumatic, 15-inch turf terrain tires, which have always been the most recommended type of tires for uneven terrain.
Still, it’s a friendly machine as evidenced by the conveniently located lift adjustments controls and the simplified attachment mechanism.
Just like when buying a manual garden tiller, we have several key questions that you ought to answer when choosing a pull behind tiller for lawn tractor (or ATV);
You can imagine pulling out your tiller one bright morning only to have the tires limp along then go flat even before you’re quarter-way. Frustrating..Mmmh?
So, only consider the tillers with heavy-duty, pneumatic tires. These are battle-hardy, rarely flatten, and much more reliable.
Some models take up significant space in your garage. You’ll ,therefore, need to check beforehand to avoid eventual storage space challenges.
What connector does it use to hook it up to the ATV?
Tow behind tillers with the universal hitch-pin connector are preferred over those using other complex connectors because they’re easier to mount.
The engine horsepower is another key determinant.
Areas with soil which frequently over-compact need more power to till effectively hence need higher engine capacity.
As we have repeatedly seen, these machines are costly so I can’t see the reason why some of the manufacturers still make fragile tillers..
Well, the onus is on you- the buyer to make sure you spend your money wisely by only considering longer-lasting types.
Signs that it could give service for years includes heavy-duty tines, steel frame, powder coated finishing, etc.
How much you’re willing to pay will also dictate your choices.
The thing is these types of tillers are expensive.
But the very best tow-behinds are quite pricey so you must be prepared to cough up the dollars if that’s your target.
Luckily, if you scratch just slightly below the surface, you may land a reasonably ‘inexpensive’ gem.
Some manufacturers offer lengthy warranty and support period as part of customer service.
Their brands can save you huge amounts in repair costs if something went awry before the expiration of the warranty period.
A pull behind tiller for ATV has no equal in terms of intensity and time savings, especially when tilling medium and large farms.
Yes, you pay a little bit more when buying but when you see the results and the eventual produce, you will always come to be glad that you invested in one.
Just remember the factors we mentioned earlier on when buying to ensure you end up with a worthy pull behind cultivator.
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