Garden Tiller Buyer's Guide

Garden Tiller Buyer's Guide

How to Pick the Perfect Garden Tiller

By  | Tiller Product Expert

If you're looking to till a new garden, cultivators are no match for the raw power and size of a garden tiller.

Garden tillers are gas-powered dirt crushers with larger tines and the strength to break through the hard ground.

Even if you've already got a large garden that needs tilling and cultivating year-after-year, a garden tiller will help you get your garden ready in less time, covering more area more easily.

Instead of getting down on your hands and knees to ready your soil by hand, let powerful garden tillers do the work for you.

Garden Tillers come in 2 types:


Front-Tine TillersFront Tine Tiller
Front-tine tillers work more like their smaller counterparts, cultivators. They're great for tilling established beds and stirring up slightly loose soil.

Front-tine tillers are like cultivators on steroids. They essentially do the same thing and operate in the same way, although they are bigger and more powerful, allowing you to tackle larger jobs more quickly. One nice feature to look for is a tiller with adjustable tine width, which can optimize the machine's performance in any situation.



Rear-Tine TillersRear Tine Tiller
For breaking up the hardest, most compact soils, get a rear-tine tiller. These are equipped with large, rugged tires for stability to work through soils of all conditions.

What separates rear tine tillers from the rest of the pack is the different tine rotation directions you can use. Unlike cultivators and front-tine tillers, rear-tine tillers are either forward (standard) rotating, counter-rotating, or dual (both) rotating. This allows them to break through hard, clay soils.