Not All Rototillers are Created Equal

| 4/5/2018 8:58:00 AM

Country MoonLike most things in life, when you start with a good foundation, your overall project has a better chance for success. Establishing and maintaining a garden is no exception.

Rototillers are divided between garden tillers and cultivators. Garden tillers come in three styles: front-tine, mid-tine and rear-tine. All three have powerful engines that are designed to break up new ground, although all three were designed for slightly different tasks.

Front-tine models are usually less expensive and are designed for weeding or stirring established beds. This is probably the most popular model. Most have a drag bar feature that makes the tiller easier to handle by helping to eliminate the "jumping" motion created when the tines encounter hard ground.

Mid-tine models are the most maneuverable of the models. The engine is mounted directly over the tires, which provides for more weight and balance.

Rear-tine tillers are further divided into standard front rotating tines, counter-rotating or backward tines and dual. Here, most models have the standard tines that pull the ground into them as they break up the ground.

Some tillers have the capability to be both front and rear-tine driven and are billed as dual tine rototillers. Needless to say, these models provide the best qualities of the other two models combined but also usually come with a higher price tag.

4/11/2018 8:25:58 AM

Lois, great advice about tillers. I prefer the shovel for tilling. People think I;m crazy but there's no hurry to get things done in my retirement years. I am one that likes the feel of turning the soil with a shovel. I relish watching the robins following my work grabbing the worms out of the soil. I really enjoy being able to stop at any time and view the neighborhood hawk floating on the air currents. Neighbors that stop for a chat make my day. Hearing the birds chirping and the squirrels scurrying around and chattering to one another is soothing to my soul. It's really hard to have any of that happen with a loud roaring vibrating machine in my hands. I've learned to slow down and enjoy the journey and not worry about getting the task done in my retirement years. What I do in the garden is not for everyone and I'm just talking about me. ***** Have a great rototiller day in the garden. ***** Nebraska Dave

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