Garden Tiller Operation Tips

Troy-Bilt® offers a full line of tillers to help you start and maintain gardens of all types and sizes. They come with rugged features, like our cast-iron encased transmission with bronze gear drive to help you turn the toughest soils. Make your work in the garden easier by following these tiller operation tips.


  • Avoid trying to dig too deeply too quickly, especially when busting sod or when tilling soil that hasn't been tilled for some time.  Use the shallow depth regulator settings - only an inch or two deep - for the first passes through the garden area.  With each succeeding pass, adjust the depth regulator to dig an inch or two deeper. 

  • Watering the garden area a few days prior to tilling will make tilling easier, as well letting the newly worked soil set for a day or two before making a final, deep tilling pass.

  • While tilling, relax and let the wheels pull the tiller along while the tines do the digging. Walk on the side that is not yet finished to avoid making footprints in the freshly tilled soil.

  • Avoid pushing down on the handlebars in an attempt to force the tiller to dig deeper.

  • Do not put hands or feet near rotating parts.

  • Never operate your tiller without good visibility or light.

  • Always be sure of your footing and keep a firm hold on the handles.

  • Be careful when tilling in hard ground. The tines may catch in the ground and propel the tiller forward. If this occurs, let go of the handle bars and do not restrain the machine.

  • Exercise extreme caution when operating on, or crossing gravel surfaces.

  • Look down, behind you, and use care when in reverse or pulling the machine towards you.

  • Use only attachments and accessories approved by the manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal injury.

  • After striking a foreign object, stop the engine; disconnect the spark plug ignition wire and ground it against the engine. Thoroughly inspect the machine for any damage.  Repair the damage before starting and operating.

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