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the blades on the tiller-i think they are called bolo's-are rather beat up. in part, that's from tilling in new hampshire's rocky soil down here near tampa there are no rocks. but we make up for it with roots! i didn't worry about sharpening the bolos when i started tilling last year but now i wonder how sharp they should be. if they are as sharp as a mower blade should be, will they shave through roots or will they just dig in and stop the tiller? would i be better off leaving them dull and just bludgeon my way through roots? also, where is the best place to get more bolos? (i have a second tiller but it has no bolos on it) any estimates as to cost? thanks

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I sharpened my tines about three years ago. For a short time, it cut thru. That being said they also dulled quickley. They are not now as blunt on the cutting edge, but it is just a matter time. When you have 16HP to run the 30" tiller, blunt cutting edges will also work.sm01

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I've never sharpened my tines, with all the rocks in my ground I think I've worn a 1/16th to an 1/8th inch off the tines in only 4 years of tilling, I'd hate to remove any extra metal by sharpening them. If you are looking for spare tines try looking for some junked out walk behind tillers. I see tons of these in junk piles, many use similar to near identical tines to these tractor mounted tillers. New tines would still be available but would get pretty costly.

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the tillers are both simplicity but neither has an id tag so i don't know which models. i did have a troybuilt so that must be where i picked up the term 'bolo'. thanks for talking me out of shapening the tines. i have enough projects that really need doing without doing the unneccessary

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