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Walk-behind Tractors

Grillo Model 3500 motor hoe

Starting in 2014, we introduced another Grillo product to North America…the Motor Hoe. This handy machine is essentially a professional-quality mid-tine tiller. They are commonly used in Europe for tight-quarters gardening, such as in greenhouses, in courtyards, in permanent beds, etc., and they differ in several ways from the typical front-tine tiller you would find in this country. Among these differences are:

  1. All-hardened-steel gear drive;
  2. Automotive-type clutch
  3. NO belts or chains
  4. Commercial engine
  5. Far superior balance and weight distribution
  6. Multiple speeds forward PLUS reverse
  7. Instantly adjustable and off-settable handlebars, and
  8. The ability to detach the tiller tines and attach wheels to the axle, allowing the machine to operate some pull-type implements.

Side view 3500 in action, with optional
liftable transport wheel mounted in front

For anyone who has “beat their brains out” using a typical American front-tine tiller, using this machine is a whole new ball game; the handling of this well-engineered tiller is far superior. Applications in North America abound, from tilling inside high tunnels to tilling in close-spaced urban garden plots, from Landscaping use to Rental use. The maneuverability of this machine is amazing, as the design allows the operator to essentially turn it around within the space of its length. We feel it is a great compliment to the walk-behind tractor selection we offer… perfect for those cramped spaces that are too tight for even walk-behind tractors to be maneuvered comfortably, and built with the same “agricultural-duty” quality to last a lifetime.

Click here to watch a video of the Grillo 3500 Motor Hoe in action.

Front view in action, again with wheel

At rest, note adjustable drag bar in rear


Engine Type/HP SP/EX17 Subaru-Robin commercial gas engine with cast-iron cylinder sleeve and ball-bearing-supported crankshaft
Starting System Recoil (manual)
Clutch Conical, serviceable, “Active” automotive type
Transmission All hardened steel gears and shafts supported by ball bearings, in oil bath
(details here)
Steering Brakes None
Tine speeds 2 speeds Forward (53 RPM & 123 RPM) 1 speed Reverse (53 rpm)
Safety Features ”Active” clutch system stops machine motion instantly when handlebars are released
Handlebars Instantly adjustable up and down and side-to-side, all controls on handles
Tilling width (side disks installed) 39 inches, adjustable down to 29 inches
Tilling width (side disks removed) 33 inches, adjustable down to 22 inches
Available Accessories: Hiller/Furrower, Front liftable transport wheel, Transport wheels to bolt onto outside of disks (for powered transport over longer distances)
Available implements (requires removal of tines and installation of wheels on axle [also requires removal of “fenders”], may also require wheel weights) Multi-shank Cultivator/Tool bar, Bedshaper, Root digger (Potato) plow, Transport cart.
Machine Weight 171 lbs


  • Grillo 3500 Motor Hoe w. 6hp Subaru engine and 39” tiller (Item G3500): $1595 $1395
  • Front transport wheel for transporting machine with tiller mounted (folds up when tiller in use) (Item G9B5611): $49 $45
  • Hiller/Furrower (Item AB FURR 3500): $99 $85
  • Kit to replace tiller with 5x10x20” wheels (Items G 9C4312 & G 900412): $395 $355
  • “Barbell” wheel weight hanger posts (weights not included) (Item ET BW-BCS-S): $59 $49


  • 3-shank Tool bar / Cultivator 21” wide (Item AB ET-3): $195 $175
  • 5-shank Tool bar / Cultivator 35” wide (Item AB ET-5): $270 $255
  • Root / Potato Harvester Plow (Item AB AP-5): $150 $145
  • Bedshaper with Disk Hillers & drag chain makes up to 32” wide & 5” tall beds, (Item AB AS-2-5-D): $389 $384

The above implements require tool carrier & drawbar below (if more than one of the above implements are purchased, only ONE tool carrier / drawbar is required)

  • Drawbar (Item AB BP-80-GR 3500): $55 $45
  • Tool Carrier (Item AB AT-30-ET): $85 $80