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Make Your Garden Grow with a Tiller. Here’s How.

Make Your Garden Grow with a Tiller. Here’s How.

A tiller works by cultivating the soil to a depth of about 8 to 10 inches. Most gardeners start tilling in the spring once the soil is thawed and dry. Whether readying your garden for flowers, fruits and vegetables, or preparing your yard for a new lawn, the right tiller will prime your soil for the task at hand.

Pick the Right Tiller for the Job

Our selection of rototillers includes a wide variety of manual tillers, gas tillers, electric tillers and cordless battery-powered tillers. Lightweight corded electric models are ideal for small garden beds and lawns, but a large property with uncultivated soil is better suited to a heavier 4-cycle engine gas tiller.
Cultivator: A manual cultivator works great for smaller gardens, and for areas you just can’t reach with a tiller. The long handle lets you reach deep into corners and narrow spaces, and the strong, claw-shaped tines offer plenty of bite for digging into hard earth, aerating soil, removing weeds and mixing in supplements. When it comes to length, generally a 36-40” length is a good fit for most people.

Break New Ground with a 4-Cycle Engine Gas Soil Tiller

A garden tiller has the power to break through hard ground to soften the soil for a new garden. If you have a large area to get ready for planting, a 4-cycle engine gas soil tiller will do the work for you. Comparable to a car for fuel efficiency, a gas rototiller is generally heavier, wider and more powerful than other types.

Lay the Foundation with a 2-Cycle Engine Rotary Tiller

A 2-cycle engine rotary tiller is ideal for loosening and mixing soil, as well as eliminating weed growth. Most models offer adjustable tilling widths. This allows you to prepare small garden areas for planting, or maneuver through rows of established beds and gardens without damaging plants. 

2-cycle engine rotary tillers run on a pre-mixed gas-oil mixture and generally are lighter and easier to maneuver compared to larger 4-cycle engine tillers.

Dig It with a Corded Electric Garden Tiller

A corded electric tiller is a practical option for homes with a small garden. While it doesn’t pack the power and digging capabilities of a gas-powered model, an electric tiller is energy-efficient and much quieter to operate.

Transform Your Soil with a Cordless Battery-Powered Tiller

A cordless soil tiller powered by a lithium-ion battery is a practical choice for cultivating soil in an area that is more than 100 feet away from an electrical source. Quieter than a gas tiller, this machine generally tills up to eight inches deep and runs for about 45 minutes on one charge.

Front Tine Tillers vs Rear Tine Tillers

A front tine tiller has front-mounted tines that rotate in a forward motion, pulling the machine along while digging into the soil. Some of these tillers have adjustable tine widths for versatility, while other models have the option of moving the tines in forward or reverse. 

A front line tiller is ideal for prepping soil for the new planting season in an established garden bed. Other uses include general garden maintenance such as weeding and composting in small to medium sized gardens. Generally, this type of rototiller may not be the best option for breaking new ground on hard surfaces, as the forward motion of the tines may not dig in, skipping over parts of the area to be tilled. 

Featuring tines that can rotate three different ways, a rear tine tiller is more robust and better suited to breaking up heavier soils. These machines feature a powerful engine, rugged tires and a bulky frame with counterweights for stability. While a front tine tiller can fit into smaller areas 10-12 inches wide, a rear tine tiller is designed for larger planting areas, and generally starts at about 16 inches wide.

The 3 Types of Rotating Tines

Forward-Rotating Tines: This rototiller type helps you push forward through the soil to blend it. It performs well in existing beds for weeding, cultivating and adding in old vegetation at the end of the growing season. 

Counter-Rotating Tines: Higher torque allows these rotary tiller tines to dig deeper into the soil. The counter rotation of the tines combine with the forward pull of the wheels to effectively break up hard-packed or rocky soil. This machine is best for breaking up new ground. 

Dual-Rotating Tines: These tines operate like counter-rotating tillers but can switch from forward to reverse. This makes them suitable for use on both soft soil and hard, compacted soil.

Choosing Your Tiller Size

The size of your garden or yard will determine the size of rototiller you’ll need. If you have a small established garden of less than 139 sq. m. (1,500 sq. ft.) look for a small tiller that can loosen, cultivate and weed the soil. A good option would be our 25 cc 2-cycle front tine garden tiller. Lightweight and easy to maneuver, it features a 5-inch cultivating depth. 

For a medium-sized garden, the 187cc 18" Rear Tine Garden Tiller has an 18” wide tilling width, ideal for starting a new garden or lawn. 

A large garden of more than 1524 sq. m. (5000 sq. ft.) is best suited for a powerful machine, like our 208cc 24" Front Tine Garden Tiller.
Whether prepping the soil for a new crop, or maintaining an existing garden, a gas tiller or an electric garden tiller will reduce the hard work and physical fatigue of digging a garden.
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