How to Operate a Rear Tine Tiller


The right tiller can make tilling soil much easier, while the wrong tiller can make the job much more difficult than it has to be. Rear tine tillers utilize their horsepower to allow you to simply walk behind the tiller and grip its handlebar to guide it. Knowing how to properly operate the tiller will save time and prevent you from causing any damage to the machine.

Step 1

Start the engine. Move the gear lever to the "engage" position. Place the depth regulator in the "travel" position so the tines do not touch the ground. Move the engine throttle to "fast." Prime the engine, if necessary. For non-electric models, pull the recoil starter rope towards you until it starts to choke. Move the choke lever to "run" or "no choke" once the engine starts. For electric models, turn the engine key to "start." Allow the engine to crank for a few seconds. When it starts, release the key allow it to return to "run." Move the choke lever to "run" or "no choke."

Step 2

Set the depth regulator to 1 or 2 inches to start with. Increase the depth with each pass to achieve the desired depth.

Step 3

Switch the engine throttle control to "slow." Pull the clutch control levers and hold them against the handlebar as you place the tines in the soil. Allow the tiller to move forward on its own as you grip the handlebar, but refrain from pushing the machine. Adjust the speed as it feels comfortable, and primarily after making a few passes when the soil has loosened.

Step 4

Turn the tiller by reducing the engine speed and lifting the handlebars. Push the handlebars in the direction you choose to turn. Slowly place the tines in the soil and increase the engine speed.


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