Rototillers – Everything You Need to Know

There are different types and sizes of rototillers. It is necessary for you to know what your requirements for your garden are. In this way, you would be able to choose the best equipment that could help your garden to become better.



When we needed to use a rototiller, we’d spend 2.5 hours hooking up the trailer, driving to the rental location, loading the tiller onto the trailer, driving back home, unloading the tiller, loading it back onto the trailer, driving it back to the rental location, unloading it again, driving back home, and unhooking the trailer. The 2.5 hours don’t even take into account the time to TILL the ground!

Now that we own a rototiller, when I need to till, I walk up to the barn, roll the tiller out, and till. When I’m done, I roll it back into the barn. What a time-saving difference!

As I add more organic matter and natural soil conditioners to this particular patch of land, in time, it won’t need to be tilled each spring.

I realize there are MANY ways to garden that do NOT involve the use of a rototiller, but for those who prefer to use a rototiller, here are a few things to consider when making a rototiller purchase (in case you’re currently renting or borrowing like I was).

I’ll cover five (5) main points:

– HP and CC
– 2-Stroke vs. 4-Stroke Engines
– Tillers vs. Cultivators
– Rear Tines vs. Front Tines
– Prices

HP and CC

hp = horse power
cc = cubic centimeters (a volume measurement)

There’s not a lot to say about this except the larger the number is the more powerful the engine.

2-Stroke vs. 4-Stroke Engines

While John was explaining to me what mechanically goes on in 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines (sometimes referred to as 2-cycle or 4-cycle engines), he realized his explanation, while quite accurate, was probably a bit more than someone needs to know to simply till their garden. Here’s his revised explanation.

For the SAME horsepower,

2-stroke engines …

– are lighter (weigh less), but
– oil has to be mixed with the gasoline,
– exhaust is somewhat smoky (an irritant and pollution factor),


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