I recently purchased a used Troybilt Pony Rototiller that I found on Craigslist. We wanted a tiller because we’re currently planning a garden around 2500 square feet, as well as a greenhouse with earth beds and also a few separate and permanent beds for things like asparagus. The site where these beds will be located is currently a hard packed horse pasture. I’ll need to incorporate as much manure, compost and other material as I can so the garden has a good start.
I’m following in my father’s footsteps again on this one. When I was younger in the 1980s we had a Troybilt Pony. The thing is absolutely unstoppable and is perfect for a garden of this scale. The machine I found was in great condition and was a little older. This is preferred because I’ve read that the newer models in more recent years leave much to be desired in terms of manufacturing quality. Just as in about anything, they don’t make ’em like they used to. That’s why I’m glad to have found an older model.
Eventually I’d like to build the soil up to the point where lots of tilling isn’t needed, but that’ll take several years. I do have my eye on one of these babies, though, for some time in the future.