How To Choose The Right Roto Tiller
What’s the best tiller to use in my garden? This question is usual when a homeowner wants to buy a new tiller. Here, there is comes some tips for buying the one that better fits your necessities. It’s hard to choose amongst hundred of models and sizes. There is also problem when it comes the time to buy accessories or with the special features. However, your needs are the basic key for choosing any garden power tool. Following our 4H rule you will find the perfect roto tiller.
- How much power do you need?
- How hard will be your job?
- How much work you want to do?
- How often will you use the tiller?
Let’s start with the first H rule.
How much power do you need? The answer will be easy and quick. The more, the bigger. This simply means : the larger cultivating terrain the more power I need. Unless you want to take days for finishing an area, you should choose a rototiller relatively with the area:
- Mini Tillers: Below to 1500 sqm.
- Medium Tillers : up to 1500 sqm and less than 10000 sqm.
- Large Tillers: up to 10000 sqm.
How hard will be your job? It depends on the type of terrain. It might be tough or easier to do. Look at the Horsepower feature. For the smallest tillers, such as minitillers use to work around 1 hp, medium tillers operate on 1hp up to 8 hp., and large need at least 8hp to pull themselves through the soil.
How much work you want to do? Some tillers operate much more smoothly than others. Engine, accelerator, wheel and tines are responsible to carry the machine’s frame and make the hard job. Thu, read thoroughly the operator’s manual and the specifications sheet before making your choice. If you misunderstand any feature within the manual, ask the provider about it. Do not leave any question to ask.
Most consumers don’t want to answer the last H rule. Which is for us one of the most important, if not the most. We DO need to know how many times we will use the tiller. Some features, including air filters, gas-tanks or engine string must be replaced every single year, just to work smoothly, apart from its safety reasons. What’s the problem if we use the roto tiller once or twice a year? Well, maintenance will become relatively expensive due to times-per-year/replacements relationship. Try to find tillers with plastic parts when you use the machine less than 3 times per year. You will save money in maintenance.
Ideal Tillers prices for:
- large gardens or commercial applications :$800 to $2,000
- medium-sized gardens : $500 to $750-plus
- small gardens and raised beds: $250 to $350