How to Start a Roto Tiller


When you have an area of ground to clear or level, instead of using a shovel or a garden spade, use a rototiller to clear the soil. Instead of performing the backbreaking work of digging into hard soil and turning it over to clear it, a rototiller with its heavy-duty blades and strong engine, can make fast work of your landscaping project. Operate a rototiller with extreme care and caution, learning to start a rototiller and run it safely before you use it.

Step 1

Fill the rototiller with gas, if necessary, to ensure you have enough gas in the machine to perform the work. Never fill the rototiller past the "fill line" and close the gas tank properly on the rototiller after you fill it.

Step 2

Place the rototiller at the edge of the area you wish to clear. Set the depth of the tines to the desired depth you wish to turn the soil.

Step 3

Turn the rototiller fuel switch to the "on" position. Prime the rototiller once or twice by pushing the choke button with your finger. Turn the throttle control button to the "choke" position.

Step 4

Hold the handle of the rototiller firmly with one hand to secure it.

Step 5

Pull the starter handle out quickly and firmly to start the engine. If the rototiller does not start on the first pull, allow the rope to go back in and then pull it again.

Step 6

Switch the throttle control button to the "run" position and place both hands securely on the handles of the rototiller to begin guiding it over the area you wish to till.

Things You'll Need

  • Gas
  • Rototiller


  • Rototiller Site: How to Use a Rototiller
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Kathryn Hatter is a 42-year-old veteran homeschool educator and regular contributor to Natural News. She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, painter, cook, decorator, digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. She began writing for Internet publications in 2007. She is interested in natural health and hopes to continue her formal education in the health field (nursing) when family commitments will allow.