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What is the preferred design of tiller? I've got a center drive that I haven't used yet and the 226 that I just bought has the side driven model. Is it six of one half a dozen or is one better? And I'm wanting to run it with the 646. Is the flow control valve necessary or will I be able to get by without it with the foot controlled travel. Is tilling the only thing the fcv is useful for?
 

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I have yet to read a report from a tiller user that said the sidewinder was superior to the center drive. And I'm talking about owners who have both styles and have used both fairly extensively.

I cannot speak for all gardeners but when I rototilled my garden, I made one pass North/South, followed by a second pass East/West, followed by a third pass on the diagonal. Only then, did I feel that the entire garden area had been thoroughly tilled.

This was followed by some hand-raking to level it out and remove any garbage on the surface. The area was left for two or three days to settle a bit and then the planting began.

I would use that method no matter which style of tiller I had (I have a center-drive BTW).

To the best of my knowledge, the FCV was never an available option for the 600 series tractors. There may have been a good reason but I don't know what it is at the moment. For sure the FCV is a huge help while tilling and some people have enjoyed it while blowing snow. It gives you finite control over the ground speed at the lowest end of the scale and that's exactly what you want when tilling hard ground.
 

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I have never come on a center drive that was worn out beyond repair ... and worn usually means just tines in need of replacement because it is 30 years old and had a serious worker for an owner. Most don't even need tines.

That said, I prefer the side mounts because the tine shafts are not cantilevered. Also, the edge buster 'blade' that is on the LH side.

One better than the other ... no I really am convinced they are not. More personal preference at this point.

Brian
 

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I haven't picked the 226 and tiller up yet so I'm not sure and the parts blowups are kind of sketchy but the side motor will have a bearing on each end won't it? It calls for two bearings. I kind of assumed that might be better. I'll have to do a side by side comparison I guess. :thumbsup:
Brian what do you think about the FCV on a 646?
 
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