Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Re: Disc vs Tillers for Compact Tractors
In my area where farmers grow wheat, soy beans, rice, corn, milo and such, i have yet to see a tiller behind one of their tractors, and I'm wondering about the advantages / disadvantages of a disc for an individual using a compact tractor gardening 1 to 2 acres.
Please advise regarding a disc vs tiller
Farmers need to work large acreages. They use non PTO powered heavy discs that are very wide. A large heavy tractor has the weight and power to pull these. Usually a two step process of pulling a disc, then pulling a harrow. A farmer does not have a choice to use a tiller as they just dont make one big enough and then the power requirement if they did would be immense.
A compact tractor can only pull a small light disc. This often is the weakness of where this combination fails. Disc is too light and/or tractor is too light. A PTO powered tiller works great on a small tractor. You can really do a good job with a tiller. You can go as slow as needed to break up the soil. The only benefit to a small compact tractor disc over a tiller is lower cost. A tiller will do a better job overall.
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