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They may be known by different names. We call them Roto-tillers in Canada, but I have seen them called hand tillers, and a few other things.

Basically it has a pull start engine over a set of tilling blades, and handles out the back to control it by hand. a pair of wheels often sets the depth. Great for gardens back home, but not popular at all here.

I have seen them from 60,000 baht all the way down to 19,000 but usually they are around 40,000. Often they have a Honda motor on top, I think 5 Hp is normal.

Anyhow, can they be used here, and why are they so incredibly expensive.

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With all due respect, a disk (or disc) will do a good job. That's what it's for. Rototillers are for small areas where a farm tractor is impractical. Even the tractor mounted tillers are used on large

I used human labor the first year I was here but not since. I work in grass clippings, fertilizer and compost in the off growing season to make sure the soil is ready. But, I guess it also depends o

Good day - hoping to resurrect this old thread, with a twist. Have some land (248 TW) in Chan and would like to find a company that has a tiller and would come round and do the job. Wondering if

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I have seen one type here, front end blades, (cannot remember make now) which just bounce all over the place .... Rear blade would be much better, like the old Howard machines! in CA thumbsup.gif

Probably expensive, due to not much demand as the Thai's like their hand held choppers! sad.png

The machine which I believe was order from BKK was a multi-purpose thing with several attachments including a pull behind small trailer... pretty useless unless working with already soft soil!

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I have seen the machine, or one like the one you mention Jimmy. It seemed to be made for too many things at once and likely no good at any of them.

It is the hard soil I am concerned about. but if you got it worked once, it would be possible to mulch in lots of organic matter and hopefully change the soil over time. I had great luck with this in Canada, but we didn't have this rock hard stuff over there.

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I have seen the machine, or one like the one you mention Jimmy. It seemed to be made for too many things at once and likely no good at any of them.

It is the hard soil I am concerned about. but if you got it worked once, it would be possible to mulch in lots of organic matter and hopefully change the soil over time. I had great luck with this in Canada, but we didn't have this rock hard stuff over there.

yes definitely to much a multipurpose machine.... that bounced around too much...wink.pngeh!

The person who had this machine, was adding lots of composted soil (i.e) composed coconut fibre mostly with sharp sand and some clay.... for a large (huge) garden project...

It did work reasonable well if the base soil was damp and able to mix the new soil with the existing soil / hard pan! ... which can be a bit like Prairie dirt! w00t.gif (fortunately not many rocks in the area....)

Not sure where you are, but composed soil maybe hard to find in your area... Samui has several places that make it... mostly for resort type places.wink.png

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I have a mountain of rice husks next door that are free for the taking, I can mulch it in over and over again. The part I am wondering about is will I be able to break the soil in the first place without needing a hoe. There are rocks here too, but not too much to deal with, I think.

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I have a mountain of rice husks next door that are free for the taking, I can mulch it in over and over again. The part I am wondering about is will I be able to break the soil in the first place without needing a hoe. There are rocks here too, but not too much to deal with, I think.

Rice husks are good, you see them using them in the Songklha.... rice areas! lucky you.... to have a source... how about some buffalo poo too! wink.png

With the rocks... ummm perhaps. make it a game for the local kids might work...? they are often bored outta their minds.... see if you can motivate them! thumbsup.gif

No one with one of these in the area? either with disks or rototiller on the back, or is the area you are trying to work, too confined for this?

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Good used tillers can be found here at places that import used Japanese equipment. I have a strong Yanmar 10hp single cylinder diesel walk behind tiller. Beats up the operator but really beats up the soil too. They can be had in the Pathumthani area for about B30,000....the last time I checked.

Also have a small Honda with tines in front and no wheels. Does a really nice job on soil that has been plowed or disced. Think that one cost us B7000.

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Well we have had a tractor in there before, but disks make a pretty messy job and I was hoping to make things a little more civilized. Plus discs don't really do much for blending stuff into the soil. I have not seen any one with a rotating tiller attachment in this area or I would have given that a shot.

The things is though if I got the roto-tiller thing working, I could just go do it when I wanted to instead of hoping someone could be available. We are only talking about a couple of rai here for the garden.

That 7000 baht unit Nahkbin mentioned would be the solution, but Pathumthani is really far from me in Chiang Rai. Perhaps there is second hand stuff available up here as well.

Thanks for the comment guys.

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The best walk behind roto-tiller that I have seen is a Kubota engine especially designed with a large Roto-tiller on the back that could handle almost anything a tractor with a r0to-tiller could do. But It's around 150,000 Baht and 3-4 times as large as the biggest Troy built tiller that I had in Canada. You can get them at any Kubota dealer. If they don't have one ask for a brochure you'll be impressed.

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I was just at Kubota. We are going to get one of those little narrow machines. There is a roto attachment for it, a sprayer, a fertilizer applicator, a 3 disc, a 5disc, some other rake type things, A great unit for a big garden. smallest on(21hp) starts at 230,000, tractor only, next is 24 hp - 311,000. Plus plus plus. We have a lot of sugarcane....just like the commercial for these things.

I spent some time looking fr rototillers. Yes they are availabe, but ridiculous prices. The jap import small walk behind version of a edek here is a good bet, I did run onto those too, but I would be worried about trying to get parts for it.

When I get my new mini tractor, I'll post up some pics.

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I found a small roto tiller last year near Rayong. It's electric and lighweight but, does the trick. I have to wet the ground first to make it work though and it bounces around a bit when breaking the ground the first time. Once the ground is broken it's in fist sized chunks and I wet that (or wait until after a good rain) and break it again. What I used to do with a hoe and pick-axe and would take me a couple days, I do with the tiller in less than an hour. The first time breaking the ground is though but, once broken, it's easy and quick.

I think I paid about 5000 baht for it. I had to drive 7 hours to Rayong, night in hotel, meals, etc. They had gasoline powered ones but, were sold out when I arrived and had to settle for an electric one as I did not want to make that drive again. It suits my purpose for the small garden in my yard.

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