In his book The Market Gardener, Jean-Martin Fortier recommends the use of the R2 Power Harrow as an alternative to traditional tillage and no-till farming for seedbed preparation and weed control. Power harrows present the advantage of horizontal, minimum tillage. Multiple sets of vertical tines mix and lightly mill the soil at a depth you specify.
Unlike a rotary tiller, the harrow does not invert (turn over) or compact the lower layers of soil. This prevents dormant weed seeds from being brought to the surface and leaves the soil at its original composition, without hardpan formation. The rear roller leaves behind a light mesh pattern that lightly compacts the soil, sealing the surface to prevent moisture loss while providing an optimal bed for receiving seeds. It is great for getting rid of weeds between rows. Any weeds in its path are quickly stirred up and uprooted by the tines.
As Fortier says it, “One pass with the power harrow gives us a perfectly conditioned bed ready for transplants and direct-seeded crops. Overall, it’s far superior to a rototiller and I would recommend trying it first before adopting another tilling or spading device. It’s also worth mentioning that the better ones are built by Rinaldi R2.”
If you have some rough ground that needs to be good and flat, whether it be a racing track, a rodeo arena, a construction site, or any rugged area that needs to be graded, a power harrow is the perfect solution. It starts the leveling process with a scraper blade in front. Its vertical tines then rotate in a horizontal pattern to stir up uneven surfaces and smooth them out. Horizontal motion and super durable tines mean that rocks – even fairly big rocks – are not much of a problem. The light mesh pattern it leaves behind is an attractive finish.
The Tractor Tools Direct power harrow is also the perfect implement for equine arena maintenance. This machine combines the leveling and texturizing tasks of a tiller with the finishing details of a chain drag. With models ranging in size from 3 to 5 feet, one is sure to meet the needs of your operation. It has never been simpler to keep your riding arena in top-notch condition!
The Right Fit For Your Operation
Tractor Tools Direct offers three sizes of power harrow, the TX35, the TS48, and the TM61. The TM61, at a total width of 5 feet 7 inches, achieves a working width of 5 feet 1 inch. This model is a particularly good choice for horse arenas, ball fields, and final grass seeding preparation on construction sites. For the narrowest spaces, or raised beds, choose the TX35, with a total width of only 3 feet 3 inches. The TS48, with a total width of 4 feet and 4 inches, makes it suitable for tight spaces while increasing productivity.
Components and Features:
- Italian engineering and manufacturing quality
- Hardened steel gears run in an oil bath
- Side panels are spring-loaded to allow rocks to pass around outer rotors without damaging tines
- Adjustable-height scraper blade in front pre-grades the soil for optimal leveling
- Rear mesh roller leaves an attractive pattern optimal for seedbed formation
- Working depth of the rotating tines is fully adjustable
|Manufacturer Model||MTZ 170|
|Mesh Roller Width||5’6″|
|Tractor Engine Power (HP)||30-35 HP|
|Working Depth||Down to 5 1/2”|
|Number of Tines||18|
|Number of Rotors||9|
|Machine Weight||473 lbs|
|Ship Weight||590 lbs|
Shipping rates apply to the continental United States only. Please call 260-225-3429 to inquire about shipments to Alaska, Hawaii, or international.
|TM61 Power Harrows|
|Delivery Type||Continental US – Model MTZ170|
|Commercial or Freight Terminal||$ 349.00|
|Farm/Residential with lift gate||$ 429.00|
|Pickup from warehouse||FREE|
The cost of assembly for this item is $50.00.