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DIY Frequently Asked Questions / Garden Tiller

  • DIY Frequently Asked Questions / Garden Tiller')"> Used to loosen and till the ground to prepare it for planting.
  • Also used to turn under lawns that are being repaired.
  • Gasoline engine drives the wheels as well as blades called tines used to break the soil. Wheel action and tine action is controlled separately.
  • Some models have tines that operate with a counter-rotating action.
  • Others use a forward rotating action, which is more common.
  • Till paths from 14” to 20” wide, depending on the size of the tiller and 6” or 8” deep.
  • The rear-tine tiller is used for larger gardens and its weight helps get the job done with little effort from the user. The engine is usually 4 to 8 hp and up and sits in front of the tine. These tillers are heavy and large, but best for heavy-duty work.
  • The front-tine tiller works well for mid-sized areas and some confined spaces, although it can be difficult to maneuver. The engine is usually 3 to 5 hp. It is tough and affordably priced.
  • Tillers with two-cycle engines are lightweight, easy to handle, especially in tight spaces, and are easy to maintain. They are good for cultivating established flowerbeds and gardens.
  • Most tillers have forward and reverse speeds as well as depth adjustments. Some models have attachments that allow for different types of soil preparation.
  • Possible features include a bumper to protect the engine and electric start.