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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2898024
09/06/19 12:52 PM
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We only plant three fields. It works fine for us.


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2898608
09/07/19 08:33 AM
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My uncle has one and we used it for a couple of years to plant smaller food plots or to work logging decks that we wanted to plant. Made a great seedbed and the plots always came up great but it was extremely slow. The end result did not justify the time spent when you compared it to our other plots so we quit using it. If you have a few small plots or the time, should work fine.

Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: Acorn] #2898814
09/07/19 03:06 PM
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Puts sugar in his cornbread!
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Originally Posted by Acorn
How do they handle roots, sticks, etc...? What happens when you hit an old stump or rock: shear a pin? bend a tine?

I've yet to hurt mine. It's not that tilling is slower than discing, you just dont have a high travel speed. One pass with tiller is all you really need. A 100 hp tractor with a 3 ton disc is nice but most people dont have that to work with. You put a tiller behind a 20 hp tractor and your in business.


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2903775
09/13/19 07:02 PM
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Worked a few plots today with the tiller. All one pass.
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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2903781
09/13/19 07:04 PM
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Oohjhh thats purty.


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2904003
09/14/19 07:21 AM
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Marsh I see dead grass in those plots (which look great btw). Did you spray before tilling?

That's the main thing I wanted to interject here for the OP. If you set one down in green grass more than about 4" tall you'll wrap the tiller up in it and it'll take an act of congress to get it out. If it's LONG grass you'll probably decide to throw the tiller away.

Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: RobertD] #2904408
09/14/19 03:30 PM
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Originally Posted by RobertD
Marsh I see dead grass in those plots (which look great btw). Did you spray before tilling?

That's the main thing I wanted to interject here for the OP. If you set one down in green grass more than about 4" tall you'll wrap the tiller up in it and it'll take an act of congress to get it out. If it's LONG grass you'll probably decide to throw the tiller away.

They were sprayed in July. Been real dry so there wasn’t much tall grass. My buddy just took the bushhog and clipped them down ahead of me. Worked great. But I have been known to put that tiller where it shouldn’t be and yes it’s a job to cut all that grass out. And don’t leave the grass and let it dry because it turns like cable.


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: blumsden] #2905390
09/15/19 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by blumsden
Takes too long and will beat you to death, especially on a rocky field. Guys, our plots are not golf greens, and they don't need to look like it to attract deer. They're expensive and have more crap to tear up. Ya'll think that a field has to be tilled or disked 3-4 inches deep, and that's just simply not the case. I know ya'll get tired of hearing us say it, but throw and mow works and saves you soooo much time and money.

What Blumsden said...

Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2912819
09/25/19 10:15 PM
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We still disc ours to break it up then hit with roto tiller. It seems like you are crawling but it takes about 45-60 minutes to prepare a plot of 1 acre with the tiller, but they sure produce a good seed bed.
https://i.imgur.com/CWiKe12.jpg


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2912867
09/26/19 05:22 AM
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Yes they do.


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: muzziehead] #2912868
09/26/19 05:23 AM
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Originally Posted by muzziehead
We still disc ours to break it up then hit with roto tiller. It seems like you are crawling but it takes about 45-60 minutes to prepare a plot of 1 acre with the tiller, but they sure produce a good seed bed.
https://i.imgur.com/CWiKe12.jpg

That plot looks like a good producer.


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2912872
09/26/19 05:34 AM
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Here's another one.
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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jaredhunts] #2912904
09/26/19 06:35 AM
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Originally Posted by jaredhunts
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Yes they do.


Question. Since Im relatively new to it.

Did you just mow down the grass and disc and till..or did you spray to kill first?


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2912906
09/26/19 06:38 AM
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Originally Posted by jbatey1
Originally Posted by jaredhunts
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Yes they do.


Question. Since Im relatively new to it.

Did you just mow down the grass and disc and till..or did you spray to kill first?

That's muzzies picture but I've done it both ways. Always cut the grass down or burn down.


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Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2912934
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I destroyed my disc last summer prepping my bean/corn plot and used that as an excuse to go buy a new 7' tiller.I love it.I do about 6 acres of fall plots and about the same summer plots and had no problem with the speed.

Re: Rototiller for food plots [Re: jbatey1] #2913636
09/26/19 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by jbatey1
Originally Posted by jaredhunts
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Yes they do.


Question. Since Im relatively new to it.

Did you just mow down the grass and disc and till..or did you spray to kill first?

Originally Posted by jbatey1
Originally Posted by jaredhunts
[Linked Image]
Yes they do.


Question. Since Im relatively new to it.

Did you just mow down the grass and disc and till..or did you spray to kill first?

I mowed them first then sprayed them and waited three weeks. We disk them and then hit them with roto tiller. This method has always given us a great seed bed and we don’t have to compete with weeds either.


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