Rototiller Buyer's Guide

How To Pick The Perfect Rototiller

By  | Tiller Product Expert

Early civilizations recognized that loose soil results in a bountiful garden.

These days, gardeners and landscapers are ditching their shovels and spades in favor of a more efficient way to prepare their soil.

Rototillers will significantly reduce the physical toll of weeding or digging a garden.

You should choose your tool based on what you're looking to accomplish. Garden tillers dig new plots, but cultivators mix and blend the soil, usually with added amendments like compost.

 

Cultivators vs. Garden Tillers

So, which is the better choice for you?

To start, we have a chart that highlights some of the biggest differences, so that you can feel confident about your decision.

Cultivators vs Garden Tillers Comparison Chart

If you want to learn more about what each piece of equipment offers, read on below!

 

Cultivators

CultivatorSometimes referred to as "mini-tillers," cultivators are lightweight, portable lawn tools. These are the perfect pieces of power equipment for aerating garden soil and clearing weeds between established beds.

Cultivators are available in two types:

Both electric and gas-powered cultivators are propelled forward by the cutting tines, which plow through dirt and soil. If you've got a small garden, either type of cultivator will help keep your beds neat and healthy.

 

Garden Tillers

Garden TillerInstead of depending on old-fashioned oxen-power, garden tillers have powerful engines designed to break new ground.

Garden tillers come in three different styles:

Front-tine tillers are typically less expensive. Although they can be used for weeding and blending soil in established garden beds, their engine power makes them better suited to breaking up ground in new, small garden plots with soil that tends to be sandy or loamy.

While they aren't common, mid-tine tillers are the easiest of the three types to maneuver. Their engines are located directly over their tines, which distributes their weight in an evenly balanced way. This ease of use makes them a great choice for gardeners or farmers with large plots to till.

Finally, if you want to break new ground on a plot with dense, heavy clay soil, you'll need a rear-tine tiller, preferably with counter-rotating or dual-rotating tines. Because they have tines that rotate in the direction opposite the motion of the wheels, these tillers can penetrate soil more deeply on the first pass.

 Learn More: How To Pick The Perfect Garden Tiller

 
 

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