Garden tillers are an essential tool for
preparing the ground for planting or for
putting in a new lawn. They break up the
ground and also are used to work in organic
materials (such as leaf mold or compost)
to insure a healthier, more productive soil.
Tillers operate with gas engines. They come
in a range of prices and sizes, depending
on how large an area needs to be worked and
how rugged the terrain is. All tillers should
be easy to start and have easily located
controls for convenience and safety. They
should operate as quietly as possible and
have low emission levels.
The following should be considered
- Front tine tillers are the least expensive
and the most lightweight. They are also the
easiest to operate and maneuver. They are
suitable for smaller projects and can be
easily transported. Look for features such
as collapsible handles for compact storage.
- Mid tine tillers are for heavier work. They
have more powerful engines, weigh more, and
take up more storage space. They may be more
difficult for some people to maneuver, but
they can handle larger, more difficult jobs,
especially breaking new ground.
- Rear tine tillers have the most powerful
engines and are the most durable and strong.
They are suitable for the heaviest, most
rugged terrain, and they are the most expensive.
The average person may find them too big
and powerful for routine gardening.