[Market-farming] making raised beds
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KAKerby at aol.com
Thu Feb 16 10:16:41 EST 2012
One option here is to buy the BCS used. We did that several years ago,
buying ours for half the cost of new. It served us well until I left it
outside one winter, which allowed one wheel brake to lock up an the carb to get
mucked up. Still cheaper to repair it than buy new. The range of
implements is pretty impressive too, and some of those are relatively easy to find
used. The Earthtools folks have a Used Implements section of their
website that might be worth watching, and craigslist often has used implements
(at least in our area). We've gotten both our rototiller and our sickle bar
mower that way. Getting our BCS up and running this spring is fairly high
on my to-do list, and happily it's simple enough mechanically that I can do
most of that work myself. Just haven't had time yet to get after it.
Most of our early beds are already set to go, or need something I can do
without the BCS, so I have the luxury this winter/spring to work on other things
first. But later this year I'll be needing it, so it's definitely on my
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In a message dated 2/16/2012 6:51:30 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca writes:
I am in the market for a walk-behind tiller next season. I am
considering a BCS/Grillo, but they are really expensive. I guess, if it
is your sole soil-working machine, it makes sense to put a couple
thousands toward it, and have a one that is versatile and reliable. But
it is hard to justify the difference for a machine I would use just a
couple times a year. I would rather buy a cheaper tiller (a Troy-Bilt,
very likely), and invest the balance in tractor implements. They're not
any more expensive than walk-behind implements (sometime, they're
cheaper, even), and they get the job done a lot faster.
But then, I've got 10 acres. In term, I am hoping to have 5 acres in
vegetables, and 5 in cover crop, so I *will* need a tractor for soil
prep and mowing at that scale. If I was staying at one acre or so, a
walk-behind tractor would indeed make a lot more sense.
I have to admit: the Berta plow is an intriguing implement, though.
It's worth watching the video on the Earthway Tools web site! :)
On 12-02-16 09:20 AM, Harriet Allen wrote:
> I've got a Grillo Italian two-wheel tractor with a Berta plow. The
> raised beds are quick and easy with this and it is a good little tractor
> for an acre or so with a great tiller attachment. Also the BCS is the
> more common two-wheeled tractor available and takes the Berta Plow.
> If you are in the market for something like this, the smallest tractor
> would run you just over $2,000 and the plow just under $1,000. I got the
> smallest tractor that would accomodate the plow and sometimes wish I had
> gotten the larger one for clearance. I have larger tires than came with
> the tractor.
> *Hattie's Garden*
> 31341 Kendale Rd.
> Lewes, DE 19958
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