I have been considering the purchase of a 5 HP rotovator and I am looking
for a product recommendation.
I like the idea of a Honda FG500 (with the reliability and 5 year warranty)
but the best price that I can find is approximately 670 UK pounds.
Can you recommend such a machine?
Thanks in advance.
"........I have been considering the purchase of a 5 HP rotovator and I am
looking for a product recommendation. ......."
Firstly what part of the world do you live ?
Secondly how much land are you going to work with it?
Thirdly are there any other tasks you will need a machine to do?
If you live in the UK as it looks then why not post this to
1. Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK.
2. Small amount of land (allotment), but the new machine will be shared
amongst a number of allotment owners.
3. No other tasks.
4. No-one seems to posts (or read) to uk.rec.gardening.
Thanks for your kind attention.
Getting a unit in the 5hp range I suggest a machine where the engine
is connected to the gearbox driving the tines by belts instead of
gears or shafting.
Because the unit is shared hitting an obstruction that causes the belt
to slip or perhaps break is stll in the realm of pocket change whereas
gears are not. And should the engine need replacement at some time in
the future it is much easier to compensate for differences by varying
In addition rear tines with power driven wheels allow the wheels to be
engaged while the tines remain undriven which is a nice feature for
loading and unloading
up and down a plank.
The reason for asking about other usage is that there are several Italian
machines on the UK market that are multi functional, that is you can change
the implements on the one power source, I use Renovator, grass cutting bar,
plough and trailer(Ride on), and you can get rotary mower, snow blower,
brush and other attachments as well.
It saves buying several engines etc and I find it good, but for multi user
probably a fixed machine will be a better buy, still worth looking at some
of the Italian machines, as well as Honda.
Their small chipper shredder failed after 4 uses and I took a $500USD
loss peddling it off to someone willing to piss around with a poorly
made and unsupported piece of equipment. Perhaps in the UK there is
Well I had a Troybuilt Hosre, Pro model that really did not hold up
long, or as long as it should have for what I paid for it, and was
more a pain to use than was worth, as it was always going out of
adjustment. I then sold it and bought an off brand tiller named ATLAS.
It has been in use now over 6 years and every bit of it trouble free.
It does exactl;y what the Troybuilt did, and in some cases more, such
as tilling depth and forward speeds etc, is just as manuverable as a
Troy is, and it only cost 1/2 as much to buy. It was sold by the local
farmer Co-op. Its 8 hp and tills 26" wide, and utilizes the same type
bolo tines as TB does. Have yet to make any adjustments or repairs on
it. Powered by B & S industrial commercial castiron sleeze ball
bearing engine, and if memory serves me right I gave abaout $800 USD
for it new.
I had looked at BCS and like others support and prices were bad in my
Honda also makes a pretty nice unit and should be available most
On Mon, 10 Nov 2003 18:03:25 -0800, Tom Jaszewski
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