by April Reinhardt
(last updated July 25, 2016)
Known also as a garden tiller, rotary tiller, roto-tiller, rotary hoe, and rotary plow, a power tiller is a motorized cultivator with rotating blades or tines that work the soil. They can be self propelled or drawn behind a tractor. Power tillers come in various sizes, and choosing the right size power tiller depends upon the size of land you want to till or cultivate.
For years, we owned a very large, self-propelled power tiller, and most of our neighbors borrowed it each spring, saving them the cost of a rental. While our power tiller was gas powered, some small power tillers are powered by electric. If your tilling job involves a large plot of land, it is best to use a large, gas-powered tiller. Follow these guidelines when using a power tiller:
If you need to refuel the tiller, do so only after the engine and muffler have cooled. Take care to remove all dirt and debris from the tines before storing. Always check oil and fuel levels before using your tiller, and make certain that you mix the fuel properly. Check the manufacturer's recommendations for fuel mixing.
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