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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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