Comparison of Garden Tillers


Garden tillers break up the soil and also can destroy weeds. You can also use tillers to help mix compost into the soil. It's best to fire up your tiller and run it in the early spring to prepare your soil for planting. You will save time and effort if you use the right tiller to work your soil.


If the soil you are working is very soft soil you will only need a small, portable roto-tiller to break up the soil. Heavier roto-tillers can cost much more and are also harder to move around. However, you need heavier tillers with greater horsepower when working clay soil with rocks because this soil can resist the efforts of smaller tillers.

Front or Rear

Most tillers either have front-tine tillers or rear-tine tillers. However, some tillers have adjustable tillers that you can change depending on how deeply you want to till the soil. The rear-tine tillers work best for bigger yards that have harder soil, while the front-tine tillers are the opposite. The smaller front-tine tillers only work for soil that was cultivated in the past.

Stoke Engine

New tillers have four-stroke engines that run more efficiently than the two-stroke engines of the past. The newer variety also produces fewer carbon emissions, according to Consumer Reports.

Gas vs. Electric

Gas-powered tillers generate the most power, which allows them to quickly break up compacted clay soil and solid rock. Also, the gas tillers can operate anywhere, while the electric tillers must be operated near an outlet. However, the gas-powered tillers produce more emissions and are also noisier. The gas tillers usually have pull strings, which require additional physical effort.

Switch Accessibility

Tillers should ideally have a switch that is easily accessible so that you can quickly turn the tiller off if necessary. Many tillers have switches attached to the handles. As the tines cut through hard material, they can become jammed and damaged, so having easily removable tines is an important feature.


Garden tillers come with different widths that determine how fast you can finish a tilling job. The wider tillers cover a broader area so you do not have to move the tiller back and forth as often. However, the smaller garden tillers usually have foldable parts which allow you to find a small space to store your tiller in. Also, the larger tillers are costly so most often are rented instead of purchased.

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