Troy-Bilt® Tillers

Troy-Bilt® offers a full line of tillers to help you start and maintain a variety of garden sizes and types.  They come with rugged features, including cast-iron encased transmissions and bronze gear drives to turn even the most hard-packed dirt into loose soil.  Make your selection easier with our tiller product selector.

Find the right tiller for your garden

How To Choose a Tiller

There are several factors that will help you decide which garden tiller best fits your needs.  Finding the right tiller depends on your soil type, the size of your garden, garden layout and whether you are working existing garden beds or starting new ones.

What Type of Soil do You Have?

Different soil types call for different kinds of tillers. If you have clay-like, or hard-packed and rocky soil, look for a rear-tine tiller that can turn these heavier types of earth. If you have loose, or light to moderately packed soil, a front-tine tiller will turn it with ease.


Different soil types call for different kinds of tillers.

How Big is the Garden/Area You Want to Till?

Rear-tine tillers are ideal for creating new, large gardens that are 5,000 square feet or larger in size.  Front-tine tillers are better for maintaining gardens that are less than 5,000 square feet in size.

Tillers are ideal for preparing and maintaining soil in large gardens.

Front-Tine vs. Rear-Tine

Front-tine tillers are larger than cultivators, but still smaller than rear-tine tillers.  Their front-mounted tines help pull the machine through the dirt.  They are designed to till loose or packed soil and work best at maintaining existing beds.  Front-tine tillers can till between rows of plants, but can also work larger areas than a cultivator, up to 5,000 square feet.

Rear-tine tillers are designed to handle the toughest jobs, like breaking new ground.  These tillers have tines mounted behind the wheels.  The engine is mounted above the wheels, so its weight helps the tiller dig into the ground.  They can have forward-, counter- or dual-rotating tines.  Forward-rotating tines help push the unit along, while counter-rotating tines work to pull the unit into the dirt as the wheels drive in the opposite direction.  And dual-rotating tines can do both.  These tillers are ideal for maintaining gardens up to 10,000 square feet and for breaking new ground.

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Front-tine tillers are good for working soil in gardens up to 5,000 square feet.

Cast-Iron Encased Transmission with Bronze Gear Drive

All Troy-Bilt rear-tine garden tillers come with our cast-iron encased bronze gear drive transmissions, which are built to handle a lifetime of tilling through heavy soil and rocks without rest.  These transmissions are so rugged, we run them through a giant pile of rocks just to test them.  Imagine what they can do for your gardens.

Our transmission and gear drive is designed with the ideal combination of weight, traction and balance in mind.

Patented Bolo® Tines

Troy-Bilt garden tillers are equipped with our patented Bolo tines, which we have specially designed and perfected over the last 75 years to break, dig and turn soil.  Today, after all this time, Troy-Bilt Bolo tines are still performing better than the competition.

Our patented Bolo® tines have been designed to break, dig and turn soil.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

The transmissions on every Troy-Bilt rear-tine tiller are so rugged and reliable that they come with a limited lifetime warranty.  That means anything found to be defective in craftmanship is replaced - for life.  So no matter how many gardens you start and maintain, or how many rocks you run over, this transmission is guaranteed to work.


How We're Built

Every Troy-Bilt tiller we make is built for life.  And we make sure to prove that in the lab and in the testing field.  We run our tillers through something we call the rock pile test, which pushes every component on our tillers to the limit, especially the transmission.  See this test and all the others in our How We're Built videos.
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