Gardening has never been this much fun. Nowadays, a plain old shovel and bucket just won’t do the trick. With technology constantly changing to adapt to the world’s new demands and needs, gardening has also stepped up into a whole new level.
While some gardens (usually small) only needs a few trimmings here and there, there are those that wouldn’t easily comply to your whims unless you possess a rototiller.
With sharp, rotating blades, the rototiller makes a deadly weapon against your garden. Rototillers can also be called rotary hoe, rotary plough or rotavator. It is considered as one of the most popular power tools used in tilling home gardens or the yards of different establishments.
Whether you use it manually, or with the help of a two or four wheeled tractor, they are designed to break that stubborn top soil for you to plant new vegetables or trees to your garden. It is also extremely useful if you ever need to plow your garden or dig new plant holes.
Want those weeds to go away? This simple device helps pull out and mix organic components in the soil. Some even use it to create their own pottery mixture. This is beneficial for those who need to do several things at once in their gardens.
Two sets of specially designed blades that are connected to a mechanical horizontal shaft, makes up the main components of the tiller. The function of the tiller is to dig through the top soil using a pre-determined depth. The tines of the tiller are the one responsible for the loosening and lifting of the soil, which turns the latter over.
It was invented in 1912 by Arthur Clifford Howard who was fond of experimenting his father’s rotary tillage. He discovered that there were easier ways to plough the soil, using technology rather than just manual labor. After a series of earlier failed attempts, Howard finally improved his design enough to warrant it as something that could earn profit if sold. The World War I forced him and his partner to temporary put a hold on their project and turned to improving the .product more. After the war was settled, he immediately seized the opportunity to start his own company, initially failing, but became one of the most basic foundations for modern day rototillers.
Rototillers are categorized into three according to the position of their tines: front tine, rear tine and tractor mounted tillers. The first two obviously indicates the place where their tine is mounted.
Considered to be lighter and more fitted for small gardening tasks, the front tine is great for forward motions because of their forward-rotating tines. The tine is located below the engine to help counterbalance the machine.
The rear tine on the other hand, is more powerful and heavy than front tined tillers. This is because the rear tine is built for more difficult tasks. It is also considered to be faster and easier to control.
Last but not the least, is the tractor mounted tiller designed for larger areas of land. ATVS and UTVs can be used to replace the tractor. The tiller is more efficient in doing its job and also much faster. Be sure to have plenty of space though, we don’t advise using this in a small garden patch.
Piece of advice? Be careful when you choose your rototillers. Gardens differ from one another. Don’t buy a large tiller when you only need to till a small amount of land. Compare the different tillers that companies offer you. Don’t rush and make sure you get the best deal for your money. As a potential customer, you only deserve the best!