Depending on what size of a garden we have out back and how heavy the soil is will determine the size of a rototiller that we would want for our garden tilling purposes. If the soil is of a clay type material, then it would obviously need some serious work. We could do this work with a spade and probably in the past would have done so, but there are easier ways nowadays and one of these is to use a rototiller or mini garden tiller.
We have of course the option of both the gas powered and the electric versions of these machines and it’s a matter of personal preference and also budget as to which suits our needs best. The gas version is probably a little more powerful than the electric version and also a lot more verstile in that we are not governed by electric cables, in how far we can work from the power source. In a lot of commentators opinions, they swear by the gas version as a better option in that its a lot easier to manoeuver about and around their gardens. In this post, we will review mini garden tillers and explore their worth and benefits to the gardening enthusiast.
Large or Small, which is best;
Again this will depend on how much ground we have to prepare for our vegetable growing and as I mentioned above the quality of the soil needs taken into consideration. There are several advantages to the large version and also to the mini version, so again it’s down to personal selection. The larger self-propelled version will plough through the ground in no time and the benefit of the larger machine is that we can rotovate or till to much deeper depths, thus bringing more fertile and enriched soil to the surface, which fares better for our veggie growing purposes. The smaller or mini version will need a few more passes over the ground to get the same result as if we had been using the larger tiller.
Gas or electric;
In todays review we will look at both the gas and electric and see which fares best in terms of price and durability. For starters lets look at the electric version and go through some of the pros and cons of this device. At the time of going to post, this mini tiller was retailing at approx $110 and comes with free shipping.
- 6 durable steel angled tines for better overall performance,
- Handle folds down for easy transport,
- 3-position wheel adjustment and alignment,
- Full 2-year warranty,
- price $ 109.00
- Full set of working and safety instructions included.
- Overall weight 32 lbs.
- Powerful 12-amp motor cultivates up to 16 in. wide x 8 in. deep,
As we can see from these features there is a serious case for using this tiller, its compact, durable and light-weight for easy usage and workable comfort. The added benefit of using the electric version is that there is no gas to be purchased for this model, so its a case of plug in and go. In order to offer a similar comparison, lets now look at the gas or petrol version in approx the same price range and see how it stacks up against the electric version.
- 5 year warranty on tiller and engine.
- Adjustable drag stake for custom cultivating depth.
- Variable speeds, throttle and clutch control.
- 6 inch or 10 inch tilling width.
- 8 inch tilling depth.
- Safety and instruction booklet included
- Free shipping
- Price $ 160
- Weight 35 lbs.
Looking at the features and specs of this gas tiller, we will notice that the price is a little more expensive, but if it’s bang for our buck we are looking for, we have it here in spades. We have a solid built machine for starters and also, the guarantee extends to 5 years and there are some extra elements to this device, which do not come with the electric mini tiller.
Front tine vs rear tine;
Having a front tine or a rear tine is another element to consider and to be honest there is not a whole difference when the job is complete. On the rear tine we have more control over our tiller and these are especially useful if we are breaking new ground. The rear tine is easier to manouever and navigate through the garden and gives a better all round result. The front tine is ideal if we are rototilling an existing garden, ie, a garden that we used the previous year. The soil is somewhat loose and in general, just needs a little turning and rotovating in preperation for the coming growing season. ( Btw, the tines are the working blades that till, rotovate and loosen the soil )
There is nothing like a well tilled back garden to begin working with in preperation for the growing season and it definitely makes life easier. In different times the, manual preperation work that we would have carried out for this exercise could have lasted a few days and would have resulted in a lot of aches and pains in the process. However with one hour’s work with these mini tillers, we have a complete and transformed garden to work with, plus the comparison between the work done with a spade and fork and that of a mini tiller bears no resemblance, in terms of texture brittleness and aeration of the soil.
My focus and objective was be to give you a clearand understanding overview of these tillers capabilities, so that you can make an informeddecision if either of these two roto mini tillers can meet your expectations. As ever, please feel free to contact us at any satge either through the comments section down under or if you prefer, through email at…