How To Choose A Rototiller Or A Tiller?

Indispensable for preparing the soil in the garden before planting, the rototiller or hoe are motorized tools that are very useful for turning over the soil without too much fatigue and more quickly than with a simple spade or hoe. Choosing between a rototiller or a tiller depends primarily on the surface to be worked and the more or less precise result expected.

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What is the purpose of a tiller or a rotovator?

The tiller and the rotovator are both used to prepare the soil before planting a lawn or vegetables in the vegetable garden for example. The rotovator is used for weeding and hoeing in a single pass in the garden. The purpose of these functions is to weed and avoid water evaporation. The rotovator also allows you to plow and crumble the soil effortlessly to prepare a plot for future planting.

The rototiller has the same functions as the tiller but with more performance. More powerful, the rototiller can work deeper into the soil, over larger areas than the tiller, and can be equipped with garden tools such as mowers, cutters or plows.

Description of the different models of tillers and tillers

The rotovator is a relatively light and easy to handle tool, equipped with tiller, a kind of wheel made of claws that mix the soil. It is also convenient to transport and store. There are two types of tillers.

The electric rotovator

The electric tillers are connected to an electrical outlet, which can make them difficult to use. The electric tillers can be used only for small gardening jobs. On the other hand, because of its low power, the land on which it is used must be easy to work. The electric hoe has the advantage of being silent.

Thermal or gasoline-powered rotovators

More autonomous than the electric hoe because it is not connected by a wire to an outlet, the thermal hoe allows to plow larger surfaces. Most of the time, it is equipped with a four-stroke engine with a power of 4.5 to 6 HP. The engine of the motor hoe is placed behind the tiller shaft which it drives by means of a belt or a cardan shaft.

The motor tiller is more powerful but heavier and more difficult to maneuver than a motor hoe. Thanks to its power (its engine is from 5 to 8 HP), it gives better results because it allows to work the ground more difficult, on large surfaces, and with a greater precision. Unlike the rotovator, the tiller is equipped with wide wheels and it adheres better to the ground. To make tilling the soil easier, the tiller has several working speeds and some models have a reverse gear. It can also accommodate other items such as a plow or a small trailer.

How do I use a tiller or rototiller? Tips for use

The tiller: for small gardening jobs
A rotovator is ideal for small gardening jobs such as preparing the soil for planting plants, flower beds, vegetables in a small garden or maintaining flower beds. A rotovator can also be used to mix green manure or compost into the soil, to break up the top layer of soil or to weed. It is useful for working small areas ranging from 100 to 1000 m² maximum and to a depth of about 30 cm.

The rototiller: an almost professional tool

The rototiller is to be preferred for gardening work on medium to large surfaces, as well as for intensive work. It allows the turning of large areas of soil and to a greater depth. The rototiller can indeed work areas larger than 1000 m², to a depth of 30 to 35 cm.

How to choose a rototiller or a tiller?

Whether you choose a rototiller or a tiller, to make the best choice, different criteria must be considered:

The number of tiller blades

It determines the quality of the work of a rotovator or a tiller. The higher the number of tines, the better the work on the soil. Depending on the model, the number of cutters ranges from 2 to 6 and allows, for an electric tiller, to turn over a 16 cm wide strip of soil, and, for a motor tiller, to turn over a width of 80 cm.

The engine power

The power of the engine must be in adequacy with the weight of the rotovator or tiller and the use you want to make of it. For gardening work on an area of less than 1,000 m², a power of 3 HP is sufficient. Beyond 1000 m², a minimum of 5 HP is required.

How much does a rototiller or a motor hoe cost?

The electric tiller, less powerful and reserved for small gardening jobs, is the least expensive. They can be found in shops from 60 dollars. For an internal combustion engine hoe, you can expect to pay between 200 and 500 dollars depending on its power. The tiller, much more powerful, costs at least 600 dollars.

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