How to Compare Garden Tillers


Trying to decide on a good garden tiller? Rototillers come in a variety of sizes and designs. Comparing garden tillers to find the one that's right for you can be a challenge. Things to consider when deciding on which tiller to purchase include: how much horsepower it has, whether it has front or rear tines, how heavy it is to move around the garden, whether it is suited to the job, and how much it costs.

Step 1

How big is the job and what type of soil do you have---heavy clay, light sand, or something in between? These two factors are of great importance in determining what kind of tiller will best meet your needs.

Step 2

The first thing to decide is whether to purchase a rear-tine or front-time tiller. Rear-tine tillers are heavy-duty machines that can power through large areas and compact soil. They are heavier but easier to turn and are more appropriate for commercial growers. Front-tine tillers are best for working in lighter soil and/or smaller spaces. These machines are usually less expensive and meet the needs of most home gardeners.

Step 3

Look at the horsepower available on different tillers. The more horsepower a tiller has, the harder and longer it can work in compacted soils. However, the more horsepower a tiller has, the heavier and more difficult it will be to move around.

Step 4

Compare prices on tillers. Large hardware, home improvement and department stores usually sell an assortment of reasonably-priced tillers that can be used in a typical home garden. Commercial growers who need large, more expensive tillers with add-on features probably need to order directly from the manufacturer.

Step 5

Before you buy, look into consumer ratings on the makes and models that are best suited to your needs.

Tips and Warnings

  • Tillers, especially rear-tine tillers, can be very dangerous if not operated properly. Be sure to read the warnings and follow the operating instructions that come with your new rototiller.

Things You'll Need

  • Information on the various types and brands of rototillers


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Who Can Help

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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.