A beautiful, weed-free, kempt garden is the pride of a gardener the world over. To achieve such results does not come automatically, but rather it takes hard work, patience, dedication and even more importantly, the right array of tools. To gardeners, especially home gardeners, a rototiller is a perfect tool for turning and loosening soil prior to planting time. These machines, generally fueled by gas or electric-powered tools, are alternatives to spades and hoes and are used to prepare soil before planting seasons.
In many countries, the United States and Europe, rototillers are used to cultivate flower and vegetable gardens. Given the importance of these machines, below is a peek as to some of the features, types and other useful tips that will help you as a garden not only choose a garden tiller but also choose the best rototiller for your gardening needs.
First and foremost, it is fundamental to know the features that are present in nearly all types of rototillers. All rototillers have tines which they rely on for forward propulsion during the tilling operation. These tines, depending on the level of tilling a gardener want to achieve, can be set at different depths. Tines can only be moved forward, but not reversed as this poses great danger to the operator and can result into injuries. In light of this, a protective shield guard is placed in most brands to act as a guard to the user against a rototiller’s unpredictable movements. Most rototillers owned by small home-gardeners, feature wheels which are useful in pushing the machine forward during the tilling operation. Also, the wheels are very useful when it comes to transporting the machine.
Taken the usefulness and a variety of different users who are in demand of these machines, quite an array of rototiller brands have arisen to meet this demand, brands such as Craftsman, MTD, Troy-Bilt, Husqvarna among many others. While this might seem like an advantage in that competition will ultimately translate into better quality rototillers to keep in tandem with competition, a wide array of rototillers to choose from can making shopping of rototillers a daunting task to potential gardeners who don’t know what to look for. Best rototillers mean different things to different people. This is because of size, uses, model and the use to which a rototiller can be put into. People with small heights will require rototillers that take into consideration their height. People with big gardens will not prefer a hand-pushed rototiller but will require a large, heavy and powerful machine that is capable of tilling large tracts of land. Choosing the perfect rototiller therefore takes a lot of research and considerations.
As a rule of the thumb, the first thing to do before you even think of embarking on a shopping spree to get a rototiller, you should evaluate the frequency of use which will in turn determine whether you lease or purchase a rototiller. Some gardeners may require to use a rototiller once or twice a season only; during the planting season and cleaning up of the garden in the fall. In such a scenario, leasing a rototiller is a better and a pocket friendlier option. In the case of gardeners who use a rototiller regularly in between the growing season it would be best to buy a brand new or a second-hand rototiller.
Next, it is important to consider the size of your garden. Small to medium-sizes rototillers are preferable to gardeners with small gardens while industrial and motorized rototillers are best suited for farmers and gardeners with big gardens or farms. This is because industrial rototillers are engineered to operate efficiently and quickly where small-sized rototillers would malfunction. Equally, using industrial, motorized rototillers for small patches of garden would translate into an unnecessarily higher energy bill. Additionally, before purchasing a rototiller it is good to look into those brands that stock in rototiller’s replacement parts also. Common and popular brands that sell replacement parts will mean that you don’t have to buy a new rototiller every time your old one breaks down.