Best Tillers and Cultivators 2017

Last update February 15, 2017
Many of us have summer houses and vegetable gardens. Naturally, every season we need to cultivate the ground for seeding and planting.

Tilling with a shovel is laborious and takes a lot of time. Here comes the tiller! We reviewed 5 best models to help you make the right choice.

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BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Power source
Weight
Idle speed
Tilling Width
Tilling Depth
Extras
Type
Number of tines
Operation
 
PROS
A wide range of optional tines and equipment provide versatility and applicability. The lifetime warranty for tines will let you replace them free of charge.
CONS
No wheels included. Still, you can purchase them additionally.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to high maneuverability, this gas cultivator will be perfect for flowerbeds, backyards and small vegetable gardens. The tilling depth of 10" will let you process the ground effectively.
detailed parameters
Power source
21.2 cc 2-cycle gas engine
Weight
20 lbs
Idle speed
Up to 240 RPM
Tilling Width
9"
Tilling Depth
10" or reverse tines to shallow cultivate 2" to 3"
Extras
Rubberized handles, Demountable handlebar, Carrying handle, Trigger lock, Lifetime warranty for blades
Type
Cultivator
Number of tines
4 tines
Operation
Gas/Oil Mix
PROS
The 4-stroke engine is fed with pure gasoline without oil. To facilitate the process, it's possible to install an electric engine start system.
CONS
Due to the low fuel tank capacity, filling the fuel should be done more frequently.
OUR VERDICT
This Troy-Bilt tiller will effectively cope with large weeds thanks to the adjustable tilling depth. Moreover, you can easily process the ground in narrow places thanks to the variable tilling width.
detailed parameters
Power source
29 cc 4-cycle gas engine
Weight
25 lbs
Idle speed
2800-3600 RPM
Tilling Width
From 6" to 12"
Tilling Depth
Up to 5"
Extras
Folding handlebar, Soft grips, Convenient carrying handle, Six blades, JumpStart technology, 5-position tilling depth adjustment
Type
Tiller
Number of tines
6 tines
Operation
Gas
PROS
High speed ensures fast and efficient digging. The start/stop button will prevent the unintentional start.
CONS
The working range is limited by the length of a power cord.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to high speed of blades, this electric tiller will allow you to quickly break and hoe the ground. This tiller will easily cope with both superficial and deep tilling in a moment.
detailed parameters
Power source
8.5-Amp electric engine
Weight
23 lbs
Idle speed
320 RPM
Tilling Width
11"
Tilling Depth
8"
Extras
Cord clamp, Flipping wheels, Cushioned foldable handlebar, Start/stop button, Carrying handle
Type
Tiller/Cultivator
Number of tines
4 tines
Operation
Electric-Corded
PROS
The adjustable handle allows you to customize the handle height. The high-performance engine will let you work under high load.
CONS
The bulky weight might complicate transportation.
OUR VERDICT
The main task of this tine tiller is the processing of hard soil and breaking of massive lumps of ground. It will be perfect for medium-size plots of land.
detailed parameters
Power source
43 cc 2-cycle gas engine
Weight
33 lbs
Idle speed
250 RPM
Tilling Width
From 6" to 10"
Tilling Depth
Up to 4"
Extras
Adjustable height of the wheels, Demountable handlebar, Adjustable cultivating depth, Replaceable tines
Type
Tiller
Number of tines
4 tines
Operation
Gas/Oil Mix
PROS
The cordless design allows you to use this model anywhere. This tiller is easy to use and momentarily started.
CONS
This tiller is not good for dry grass.
OUR VERDICT
This roto tiller works excellent for bedding-up and tending flowerbeds. A perfect choice for average families at an attractive price.
detailed parameters
Power source
20V battery-powered engine
Weight
8.1 lbs
Idle speed
Counter-oscillating
Tilling Width
7"
Tilling Depth
4"
Extras
Adjustable handle covered with soft material, Telescoping tube, Trigger lock
Type
Manual Cultivator
Number of tines
8 vertical blades
Operation
Electric with Built-in Battery

What Is It

Each owner of a vegetable garden knows about the troubles of tillage at first hand. The yearly digging takes a lot of effort and time. Moreover, you need to make airing, loosening and removing the weeds throughout spring and summer. That is why a tiller is an irreplaceable thing for any summer resident. This tool will dig and mellow the ground quickly and effectively, saving your efforts. Our review will help you understand what a tiller is for and how to choose the right model.

The owners of gardens may also be interested in riding lawn mowers and pole chainsaws. The lawn mowers are helpful to effortlessly trim the grass and bushes while the pole chainsaws allow for easy access to tall trees from the ground. If you haven’t got one, you definitely need to find out more about these garden tools.

What To Look For

Type

When you choose a tiller, you should determine the tasks and place of use. These points determine the type of a tiller. If you are going to scratch the soil in a flowerbed near your house, you should get manual corded or cordless model. The size of such a tool allows you to store it in a warehouse or garage. Mini-tillers with gasoline engine or electric models with power up to 15 Amp will be appropriate for medium-size vegetable or garden plots. Of course, you can choose more powerful tiller, but it is not expedient for small land plots. Such a model is better for large areas with big amount of weeds, you will see its potential at its best. When you choose the type of engine, you should take into account that electric models are low-noise and environmentally friendly. Still, they need to be connected to the power supply. Gasoline models are highly powerful and mobile, but the noise and vibration level is a lot higher than those of electric tillers.

Performance

Another important aspect that should be considered is an overall performance of the chosen tiller. This mainly relies on the number of tines, their speed (RPM), the depth and the width of the cultivated plot. The higher the speed of the blades is, the quicker the tillage can be done, though quite often high speeds result in soil breakage, while creating vibration and straining hands. We’d not recommend you to seek the speed but go for cultivators with the average tech specifications. For example, the tiller that yields 180-220 RPM would become an ideal solution for bedding-up and tending the flowerbeds. Models with the speed 220 RPM and higher would better pull out the weeds and do interrow tillage. Pay attention to how wide and how tall the tine of the tiller is. The size of the tines is important since it directly tells you how much soil you’d be able to cultivate in one pass. The cultivators with more tines can till more ground. An option to vary the number of tines is what you can benefit of, tilling a wider plot of the ground. However, if you don’t need a super-powerful garden tool, there’s a vast choice of models with fewer tines and lighter weight. They won’t cultivate the ground in a twinkle, but surely make the job easier and less tiresome. They’re also highly compatible with a number of other additional equipment that adds up to their versatility.

Usability

Since cultivators are operated with hands, their usability is essential. Rubberized or softened handles provide comfort and reduce vibration during long-term use. The trigger lock will keep the trigger pushed and relieve you from the need to hold it with a finger. A collapsible or demountable handlebar will provide a comfortable storage and carry handles will facilitate transportation. The adjustable wheels will let you manage the tilling depth and make the pushing easier. The weight of a tiller is a double standard: lightweight models are more maneuverable and easy-to-use yet bigger cultivators are more effective for continuous tilling. 

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Review of Mantis Ultra-Lightweight Cycle-7920 Tiller

Mantis Ultra-Lightweight Cycle-7920 Tiller

Mantis Ultra-Lightweight Cycle-7920 Tiller

Type

Mantis Cycle-7920 Ultra-Lightweight Tiller comes with the 2-cycle gasoline engine with the capacity of 21.2 cc and power of about 0.8 HP. This engine is powered by a mixture of gas and oil, so you don't have to watch the level of oil all the time. This model is referred to mini-tillers, and thus is a perfect choice for small garden and vegetable patches with loose soil. The small size of this gas cultivator will allow you to easily maneuver between the rows, removing the weeds.

Performance

This yard tiller is equipped with four blades, two from each side. A special design of the blades will let you perform two operations. You can weed and scratch the ground, and then plow it, having swapped the blades. The tilling width reaches 9" when the blades are installed in a standard position. The depth depends on the chosen mode: ripping is from 2" to 3" and the tilling is up to 10". The idle speed is 240 RPM, and such a speed will be perfect for weeding. The manufacturer provides the lifetime warranty for the blades, and if they ever break, guarantees to replace them for free. In addition, this cultivator is compatible with a wide range of additional tines and accessories, enabling for multi-functionality and versatility of use.

Usability

The gardening with this convenient cultivator is going to be a snap. You’ll never get exhausted even after long hours of work since it’s been designed with a customer in mind. The tiller’s designed with two handlebars - one for pushing the unit forward and the other one for carrying. This greatly facilitates its storage and transportation. The handlebar is rubber so you’ll never rub your hands or fingers sore. Most customers who’ve already purchased this cultivator share that their wives love using it too. It’s very lightweight, maneuverable and what’s more important, secured from accidental engine start. With no shade of a doubt, Mantis Cycle-7920 tiller is worth high rankings and your trust.


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Review of Troy-Bilt JumpStart Technology TB146 EC 29cc 4-Cycle Cutivator

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Troy-Bilt JumpStart Technology TB146 EC 29cc 4-Cycle Cutivator

Type

Troy-Bilt TB146 EC is a gas cultivator equipped with the 4-cycle engine with the capacity of 29 cc. The engine design provides reaching a high rotation speed of blades. Moreover, the engine of this model is low-emission, gets hot slowly and vibrates less than 2-cycle engines. This tiller is powered by pure gasoline and is fitted with the autonomous oil tank and efficient lubrication system. Consequently, this model will be great for weeding and hoeing of medium-size land plots.

Performance

Troy-Bilt TB146 EC includes 6 tines (blades), allowing for tilling the ground in width of the 6”, 9” and 12”. You can actually vary the tilling width by yourself, adding or removing the tines. The depth of tillage is also variable and adjustable to till the ground up to 5-inches deep and at a different angle. While working the soil, you can switch the speed settings to either remove weeding or simply break dry ground. Differently directed tines add up to effectiveness of tilling. Honestly speaking, if you seek the reliable and durable machine to take care of your garden, Troy-Bilt can be really good.

Usability

This gas cultivator comes with the manual start system, though the electric start system can be purchased additionally and installed instead. The handles are covered with soft porous material for comfortable gripping. The wide trigger and engine stop button are conveniently located under the right handle. In addition, the tiller is equipped with wheels and carrying handle covered with the same soft material. The handlebar can be folded or detached at all for convenient transportation or storage.


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Review of Earthwise Electric TC70001 Tiller/Cultivator

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Earthwise Electric TC70001 Tiller/Cultivator

Type

Earthwise TC70001 is equipped with the electric engine of 8.5 Amperes. This model is absolutely harmless for the environment and is much quieter, as compared with gasoline models. This engine allows for using this tiller in the backyard without disturbing your neighbors. This electric tiller is good for flowerbeds or small-sized seedbeds in the backyard. Thanks to electricity powering, this tiller is able to work for a long time.

Performance

The speed up to 320 RPM allows you to loosen or fluff the upper layers of ground and remove the weeds in the row-spacings. The tilling width is 11", so you can process a considerable area of the ground at once. Despite the high speed, this model can plunge into the ground quite deeply and loosen it at the depth up to 8". However, this tiller should avoid virgin lands and it is much better for shattering and grinding the plowed ground.

Usability

This electric tiller is equipped with a retention hook that holds the power cord and prevents it from tearing by tines. The start/stop button will quickly start or stop the tiller if necessary. The handle is covered with porous material that dampens vibration and keeps the handle firm in your hand. The big trigger is located under the right side of the handle, yet, you can place it under the left one by wish. The tiller is equipped with a special handle for easy carrying. Moreover, the handle can be folded up or detached to save the space. Finally, the large rear wheels make rolling easy and simple.


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Review of Earthquake with 43cc 2-Cycle Viper Engine MC43 Mini Cultivator

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Earthquake with 43cc 2-Cycle Viper Engine MC43 Mini Cultivator

Type

This gas cultivator is equipped with two-stroke engine with the capacity of 43 сс. This engine is able to develop the speed up to 1.7 HP. This is enough to cope with wet clods of ground or crush dry lumps with four tines. The engine of this cultivator is fed by the mixture of gas and oil that greases the gear when the fuel is burnt. The engine is located above the tines, so the entire structure is well-balanced. Hence, the tilling is super easy and effective.

Performance

This tine tiller is able to cover the area with the width of 6" or 10" for a single sweep. The tilling width can be adjusted through the installation or removal of two lateral tines. The tilling depth is changeable and includes two positions: 2" and 4". The first position is appropriate for breaking and weeding of superficial layer while the second is good for loosening and aerating. Thanks to the speed of 250 RPM, this tiller will do the job quickly and effectively. Moreover, you can install an edger additionally to shape the borders of a flowerbed, and aerator to feed the soil.

Usability

Earthquake MC43 with 43cc 2-Cycle Viper Engine Mini Cultivator comes with upper and middle handlebar, so you can choose the one you like for comfortable carrying. The middle handlebar can be installed in two positions to customize the height by your wish. The upper handles are covered with a non-slip rubberized material for firm grip. The trigger is quite big, so you can easily press it with two fingers. The height of the wheels can be adjusted to three different positions for transporting or stabilizing the unit during cultivation at different depths.


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Review of Black & Decker 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Garden LGC120 Cultivator/Tiller

Black & Decker 20-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Garden LGC120 Cultivator/Tiller

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Type

Black & Decker LGC120 refers to manual cordless tillers. The 20V battery provides a high performance and allows users to handle 325 square feet of the ground on a single charge. That is more than enough to process a medium-size flower bed or a vegetable patch. This tiller differs from other models by two horizontal counter-oscillating tines. This cultivator will be good for the elderly people as it is lightweight and incredibly easy to use.

Performance

This yard tiller can process a medium area of land on a single battery charge. The maximum tilling depth is 4" and the tilling width is 7". The tines oscillate in opposite directions and quickly cultivate the ground and remove all the weeds preventing them from tangling with the blades. This tiller will excellently serve as an accessory tool and will be the best for scratching the ground after a rainfall and removing bothering weeds.

Usability

The telescoping tube is easily adjustable along the length, allowing for optimal and comfortable use during long-term operation. The tiller is also equipped with an auxiliary handlebar for the other hand to make the job even simpler. Both handles are covered with soft rubberized material that reduces vibration, so you will hold the tiller confidently. The trigger lock will prevent accidental start of the tiller. The weight of this model is really light, so it can be used even by a schoolgirl. Finally, the compact size provides convenient storage and easy transportation.


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