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Dad has been anxious to try out the tiller on one of his Bolens garden tractors. Well today he finally got a chance and I took a little video. First though some info, we are getting a load of cow poo next weekend so we didn't want to till the whole garden till we get it spread. We also have some mulch that was shredded at the end of summer to spread out as well. Then we will till the whole garden.

I don't think we did the best job when we plowed, I don't think we sunk the plows deep enough, we also think that they had a stone parking area at the garden spot at one time and covered it with top soil. There is still a lot of green grass in the turned soil and it made for some tough tilling and we also need some practice. The Bolens 800 still did a good job at it considering how tough the sod was. I will get some more video then when we till again after spreading the manure and wood chips.

Dad also has two tillers for his Bolens. One of them is in better shape then the other one and he wanted to use the one that was in worse shape to beat on first :D

Here is the video:
 

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Looks like fun to me, thanks for the video.
Them round back tillers never worked very well any way and chain's and tiller dont mix well. .02
 

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I really enjoyed getting the 800 and tiller in the garden. This being the first year and having turned sod to start the garden I knew it wouldn't be easy to get a perfect soil bed. I was really surprised at how nice a job the tiller did under difficult circumstances. The garden will only get easier to till each year. I'm looking forward to at least get something planted and watch it grow.
 

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Looks like you were having some fun there. And on a second note just seen Georges massy video and he seamed to have his new loaders eye on that fresh turned soil. You might what to keep a eye on him lol
 

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With turning sod, always best to do in the fall to give all winter to break down. But as Grand said, it'll become a better garden each year. Took 2 years for my garden to really get in shape, after it was a calf field. Lots of old calf bedding, and any other stuff I could add to loosen the soil, some lime & lots of nitrogen to aid the breaking down of the organic material, and it is a great garden.
My very first tilling, after plowing this section of calf field, it took quite a few passes to finally get it in shape for planting. And my Massey tiller looks to turn 2 to 3 times faster than this Bolens tiller too. So have patience....it'll get there. All adds up to more seat time, and every pass is smoother on the behind & back! lol
 

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Make a few passes with a walk behind tiller in those conditions and you'll really appreciate the Bolens.
 

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Thanks for the video George!
I still got lingering snow here and it is in the upper 20's LOL. No tilling for me. I'm anxious to finally have the hydro lift for the tiller.

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Looks like fun to me, thanks for the video.
Them round back tillers never worked very well any way and chain's and tiller dont mix well. .02
Jerome, What makes the newer style tillers work better? Do they spin ata higher rpm? I always used the round back tillers so I dont know much about the newer Models
 

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Looks to me like Dad is having fun. Thanks for sharing George...
 

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Bolens 1000 said:
Jerome, What makes the newer style tillers work better? Do they spin ata higher rpm? I always used the round back tillers so I dont know much about the newer Models
First there not as well built and are know to break. The flat tillers are heavier and will sink in alot better, I believe there geared faster to but I am not 100% on it.
 

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We did turn the sod over in the fall. I just don't think we had the plows set up right to really get it turned over to bury the grass.
 

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The old Bolens sure sounds sweet! Looks like some great fun with Dad. Any new garden takes a lot of work. I lucked out and have great neighbors with big tractors that really get the ground tilled nicely. Then I hit it with my Troy built Horse. Adam
 

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Make a few passes with a walk behind tiller in those conditions and you'll really appreciate the Bolens.
That's no joke. I dropped 40 trees last year to make way for a garden. Once the land was cleared and the stumps ground, I used the 800's tiller to break up the soil and chop up some of the smaller roots. I contemplated borrowing my dad's 8hp Troy-bilt walk behind because it spins faster, but once I got started I knew I made the right choice. I would have been chasing the walk behind all over the field.
 
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