The best tillers

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The best tillers
Numerous manufactures present tillers suited to various types of turf. (grass image by Brett Bouwer from

Tillers cultivate soil to prepare it for planting, breaking hard surface dirt, turning compact soil and breaking through weeds. In modern times, tillers come in the form of automatic gas or electric powered garden tools, pushed by the operator from behind like a cart as they performing digging and edging duties. Though it's impossible to objectively determine the very "best" tiller, sales figures, professional reviews and consumer opinions separate some tillers from the pack.

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BCS 710 Gardener

From the manufacturers at BCS, the 710 Gardener is a small tiller-tractor with an 18-inch rototiller. This tiller features a 5.5 horsepower Briggs Intek engine, ball bearing transmission and 3.5x8.0-inch tires that drive the tool to speeds up to 0.6 miles per hour forward and 1.4 miles per hour in reverse. The Gardener 710 uses a belt-free automotive clutch and makes use of all gear drive and power reverse. BCS touts this tiller as the "best tiller on earth," making note of its versatility, power and speed. Product reviewers at Galt Technology also name the BCS 710 Gardener the best garden tiller in their article, "Garden Tiller Reviews and Buying Guide." Galt Tech praises the tool's powerful performance and durability.

Sun Joe TJ600E Tiller

As of 2010 data, the Sun Joe TJ600E Tiller stands as the best-selling tiller on the popular website Amazon. The manufacturers at Snow Joe offer this 14-inch tiller, billed as a tiller-cultivator combo. A 6.5 amp electric engine powers the Sun Joe TJ600E, which features four angled steel blade tines and a folding handle for compact storage. Weighing in at only 7.71 Kilogram, this tiller cuts back on the strain of gardening; the manufacturer recommends it for use in loosening ground and dirt removal in small spaces. As an electric model, this machine never needs service or oil changes. Snow Joe covers the tiller with a full two year warranty. Customers at Amazon rate the Sun Joe TJ600E Tiller four-and-a-half out of five stars, touting its easy-to-manage lightweight construction, power, easy maintenance and durability.

Mantis 120-Volt Electric Tiller

Another electric option, the Mantis 120-Volt Electric Tiller is a corded tiller that runs on a 120-volt electric engine. Weighing only 9.53 Kilogram, the Mantis tiller features serpentine tines, a double-insulated electric motor, a 10-inch tilling depth and varied tine speeds that reach up to 240 rotations per minute. Mantis touts the tiller's powerful engine, ergonomic design, easy start features and quiet operation. According to the manufacturer, this tool cuts through hard sod, compact soil and stubborn weeds. This model includes a border edger and a lifetime manufacturer's warranty against broken tines. Galt Technology reviewers list the Mantis 120-Volt Electric Tiller as the best electric tiller, recommending it for small tilling jobs. Suppliers at Clean Air Gardening list this machine as an environmentally friendly garden tool.

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