Spring is coming, time to get your garden ready! But do you have the right tools for the job?
A power tiller is an essential tool for preparing your soil. Using a high-power motor, power tiller spins a series of blades to dig up the ground. You can quickly churn up the earth, giving yourself tons of rich soil for planting. The alternative is hours of backbreaking work with hand tools or letting your seed struggle in the dirt. A power tiller is a great time saver, especially if you’re going to plant in a big area.
But which power tiller is right for your needs? We’ve taken a look at the top ten power tillers available:
1) Sun Joe TJ603E 16-Inch 12-Amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator
With a 12-amp electric motor, this tiller is great for a home garden. It has plenty of power for your yard’s soil, with blade speed of 340rpm. It also features a push-button starter, making it great for older gardeners who might have trouble with a pull cord. Its small size and collapsible handle make it easy to fold up and store. It could use more speed-settings, not offering much variations.
2) Earthwise TC70001 11-Inch 8.5-Amp Corded Electric Tiller/Cultivator
This Earthwise tiller is intended for light duty. With only 8.5amps the motor does a good job with most projects, but may struggle with tougher soil. But the lightweight construction makes it one of the easiest to use power tillers. Cutting to an 8” depth makes it competitive with other models, and the slim 11” width allows it to fit anywhere. Its compact build makes it easier to till around obstructions in your yard.
3) Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator Tiller with 43cc 2-Cycle Viper Engine
This Earthquake tiller is our first gas powered model, offering a bit more power. The throttle offers a lot of speed control, allowing you to adjust for different areas. Though it can be a bit hard to start, once it does the 43cc motor allows the blades to cut through soil and weeds with ease. The 2-cycle engine runs on a gas/oil mix. While it has lots of power for tilling soil, it is a bit lacking in power for a gas tiller. This earthquake tiller is offered with a 5-year warranty.
4) Sun Joe TJ604E 16-Inch 13.5 AMP Electric Garden Tiller/Cultivator
This electric model from Sun Joe offers a hefty 13.5-amp motor powering its blades up to 370rpm. With tons of power and a quiet motor, this is great for urban farmers with large gardens. The six quality steel blades are great at churning up earth. The wheels and blades are both adjustable making it easy to configure as you need. At only 27 pounds, this is a great tiller if you need both portability and power.
5) YARDMAX YT5328 Compact Front Tine Tiller, 79cc
This Yardmax till goes for compact size over power. The 79cc engine is adequate for most soil types, with blades spinning at 180rpm. But the main feature of this tiller is being highly adjustable. It can be configured for 3 different widths, 11”, 16”, or 21”. And for two different depths, 7” or 11”. At its smallest configuration the outer blades can be removed. And at its maximum size, this tiller handles a larger area than most larger tillers, impressive for such a compact model. A great power tiller for a large area, without challenging soil.
6) Mantis 7924 2-Cycle Plus Tiller/Cultivator with FastStart Technology
This power tiller from Mantis is a great combination of compact design, and easy to use features. With a 21.2cc gas motor, this Mantis is light on power. But at only 20 pounds, and with a small design, it is easy to transport, and fits anywhere. The built-in carrying handle makes it easy to carry. And its FastStart technology makes the pull cord easier to use than other gas-powered models. A great lightweight model for basic gardening, especially if you have several areas that need tilling.
7) Mantis 4-Cycle Tiller Cultivator 7940 Powered by Honda
A larger model from Mantis, this tiller features a 4-cycle gas motor. It uses only pure gas, not a gas oil mixture. The tiller’s specially curves blades dig deep, reaching up to 10” of soil. This model is compact, at only 24 pounds, and designed with minimal casing. It is heavy duty and durable for a tiller of this minimal size. The squeeze-operated throttle gives you precise control over the tiller’s speed.
8) Earthwise TC70016 16-Inch 13.5-Amp Corded Electric Tiller/Cultivator with 6 Adjustable Tines
This heavy-duty Earthwise tiller offers a 13.5amp electric motor. This gives you plenty of power, with no fumes or need to refuel. The design is more enclosed than other lightweight tillers, with the large handle keeping the operator further from the blades. It’s a great design for gardeners a bit nervous around power tools. This tiller is especially made for comfort and ease of use.
9) Greenworks 10-Inch 8 Amp Corded Tiller 27072
This Greenworks power tiller is great for small scale home gardening projects. With an 8amp electric motor, this tiller has minimal power. The compact design tills soil at a depth of 5” and a width of 10”. Clearly not a model for large projects! But for your small garden, it can be much more useful than a high-power tiller. Its small head can fit into most areas, and won’t be bothered by obstacles like your fence or yard decorations. The padded handle and limited noise and vibration, make it one of the more comfortable tilling experiences. Great for older gardeners, or just those who prefer peace and quiet.
10) Earthquake 24598 Victory Compact Rear Tine Tiller, with Reverse & 4-Cycle 212cc Viper Engine
At 155 pounds the Earthquake victory is the largest tiller on this list. That added weight means a heavy-duty 212cc gas powered engine. Its 4-cycle engine runs on gas, no oil mixture required. With rear mounted blades, the Victory features a reverse function, making it easy to go over the same ground. This tiller has great traction, making it perfect for tough ground. Its large size makes it unsuitable for small gardens. But if you have a big project, this power till is the way to go.
With a wide variety of choices, you should be able to pick out the best power tiller for your needs. Whether you’re growing a few flower beds, or replanting your whole yard, they make a tiller with the right features. Just remember to consider exactly your needs.
Make sure you get enough power to get the job done. If you want deeper soil, you’ll need a tiller with bigger tines, and a better motor. Consider how much ease of use you need, don’t take on more work than you can handle. Maybe consider a quieter model; you may not want to wake the neighbors!
Most of all, get what right for you. You’ll get more enjoyment from your home projects.