Archive for the ‘Rototillers’ Category

 Mark Piper
Store Manager, South Hill

As the days grow longer and we see more dry weather, everybody’s thoughts turn to getting their gardens and yards ready to plant. For 30 years, I’ve been lucky enough to work for company that stocks a complete line of ground prepping rototillers. We stock “As Seen On TV” Mantis tillers through large 4 foot tractor tillers, each designed to till soil for different applications.

Front-Tine Garden Tiller

For those of use that are lucky enough to already have completely landscaped yards and gardens, the Mantis is the tiller of choice. Light weight and compact, it is designed to be used around the existing plants and shrubs, turning in mulch and bedding materials. It also can be used to cultivate the soil in your flower gardens when you are applying granulated fertilizer or soil amendments.

Next is the front-tine garden tiller. Having a garden, I know how much fun this machine can be to use in areas of glacial till; it seems like the rocks multiply every year. By definition, this machine is designed to be used on areas that have been previously tilled for gardens each.The tiller is not self propelled, but is pulled along by the tines as they dig into the soft soil. It is an entirely different story if you try using this type of tiller on an existing lawn or natural soil. It is like hanging on to a wild animal as it jumps and bucks. In the existing garden, it will give you a medium work and leave the soil ready to go as soon as the weather breaks in May or June.

Rear-Tine Rototiller

The Barreto 13 HP Rear-Tine Rototiller

The self-propelled tiller and the tractor-mounted tillers are designed and sized for prepping the soil to plant a yard. This can be a daunting job as the ground around here is as hard as a rock and full of them. These machines are quite large and heavy, designed for cutting through and turning under sod and vegetation in preparation for that new yard. Since these machines are self-propelled (or in the case of the tractor, its a ride on), they make the job go faster and smoother. This is one time when size does matter and you will appreciate that the machine is doing the work and not your arms and back.

Remember the machine is supposed to do the heavy lifting. I have been on the receiving end of all four types of rototillers over the years and can tell you that the right machine makes the job a medium amount of work. If in doubt, call and ask before you rent and get the right rototiller the first time.