Garden-Tiller Time
Woman Gardening In Style

A garden-tiller is the perfect tool when it comes to a large garden, or large areas of your yard that need to be tilled to lay sod or plant new grass.

You want a product that can get the job done quickly and efficiently. Don't bother messing with small tillers that will leave you worn out and frustrated.

We've picked out a few good sized models that will help you get the job done fast and will churn through the toughest conditions so your soil is left in perfect planting condition.

Garden-Tiller #1
Husqvarna DRT900H 17-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Rear Tine Dual Rotating Power-Tiller

The Husqvarna DRT900H garden-tiller is a good sized rear tine tiller, but not so large that you can't handle it under normal conditions.

It tills a 17 inch path and features forward and reverse drive wheels with heavy treads for easy manueverability without slipping all over the place.

The 160cc Honda engine offers plenty of power to get the job done fast and dig through some of the toughest soils.

It also features forward rotating tines which will help pull the tiller along through the ground. You may want to be prepared for this the first time you use it as it may try to "take off" with you until you get the tines dug down into the soil.

For an average sized garden this is the perfect sized tiller. It weighs over 200 pounds, but if you have a large garden area, you will want a heavy duty machine that can handle the job.

The majority of customers love their Husqvarna tiller and praise its ability to tear through the dirt. Here's what some of them had to say:

  • Used this rascal and at first was concerned for having enough power. No worry on that count. It does the job on a half acre spot.
  • I have completed two tough jobs tilling rock and root-filled soil in preparation for planting shrubs. The Husqvarna performed exceptionally well.
  • I tilled my garden plot in under 30 minutes with no stress to my back, legs or arms. No fighting the machine, it just hummed along breaking up the area into nice powdery loam.

Husqvarna DRT900H

Garden-Tiller Husqvarna DRT900H
Husqvarna DRT900H 17-Inch 160cc Honda GCV160 Rear Tine Dual Rotating Tiller (CARB Compliant)

This garden-tiller is ideal for people who have a decent sized garden area with soil that can get pretty hard during the off season winter months and needs to be churned up really good when planting time rolls around in the spring.

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Up next is a name that most people recognize as a long time standard in tillers, Troy-Bilt. This company is a bonafide leader in the design and manufacturing of tillers, and has been for many years.

Garden-Tiller #2
Troy-Bilt Horse 12-Inch 305cc Briggs & Stratton 1450 Series Horse Forward Rotating Rear Tine Power-Tiller

Tiller-Reviews Troy-Bilt Horse

Troy-Bilt Horse 12-Inch 305cc Briggs & Stratton 1450 Series Horse Forward Rotating Rear Tine Tiller

Troy Bilt has always been a workhorse when it comes to tillers and this model is no exception. It is on the pricier side, but if you have a large garden plot and need a big garden-tiller to get the job done for years to come, you should consider investing in a model like this one.

There's not many customer reviews for this model, but considering it is a bit pricey, that's understandable. This tiller is suitable for the serious gardener who has a lot of ground to cover. One customer reports having 5000 sq. feet, so you want this bad boy in a garden spot worthy of its size.

It will cut a 20 inch wide path. If you tend to use a garden-tiller after your garden is planted, you will either want extra wide rows or invest in a smaller cultivator for upkeep on your garden through the growing season.

Be sure to check out our reviews on cultivators [coming soon] for an addition to your gardening tools throughout the year.

This Troy-Bilt Horse offers a Briggs & Stratton 305cc 1450 series engine for serious power and garden tilling through tough soils. It is a heavy machine weighing around 350 pounds, but manuevers easily enough to manage while busting up your garden. It features 4 forward gears, 1 neutral, and 2 reverse gear to get your gardening needs taken care of at a pace you will love.

While not many buyers have reviewed this model, here is what a few happy customers have to say:

  • The Horse would be hard to use in a small garden even if you have hard clay. If you are tired of rototiller rodeo and being drug around by a tiller that can not dig in and do the hard work, then the Horse is for you.
  • The forward-rotating Bolo tines turn the soil to dust. The Horse will make easy work of hardpan and sod.
  • There is room for improvement with the shifting levers and the kill switch, but the Horse Tiller just chews up ground better than any tiller I have ever seen or used in 34 years of gardening.

Troy-Bilt Horse

Troy-Bilt-Tiller Horse
Troy-Bilt Horse 12-Inch 305cc Briggs & Stratton 1450 Series Horse Forward Rotating Rear Tine Tiller
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Our next choice is for serious gardeners who need a garden-tiller that pulls behind their riding lawn mower or 4-wheeler. If you have a huge garden area you will definitely want to check into something like this.

Garden-Tiller #3
Agri-Fab 45-0308 Multi-Fit Tow Tine Power-Tiller
with Briggs & Stratton Intek 875 Series Engine

The Agri-Fab features a 5HP Briggs and Statton engine with a height adjustment on the tines from 1.5- to 5.5-inch deep. It also offers forward rotation and a spring loaded hitch to reduce stress, and a 36 inch wide tilling path.

Power-Tiller Agri-Fab 45-0308 Multi-Fit
Agri-Fab 45-0308 Multi-Fit Tow Tine Tiller with Briggs & Stratton Intek 875 Series Engine

The Agri-Fab garden-tiller is a good choice for people who have a very large garden and need to do a lot of tilling. It's also excellent for people who can still garden but have some physical limitations or tire out easily.

It can be pulled behind any ATV or lawn and garden tractor that has a universal pin-type hitch. This makes it easy to hook up to your riding lawn mower and use it as a garden tractor.

One thing to remember when using a unit like this is to proceed slowly, especially if your ground is hard and compact, and hasn't been tilled before.

It will take a little time for the tines to bust through and start digging down to deeper levels. For this reason you may want to go over an area with several passes to keep from choking the engine.

The few complaints have been that it does not come with oil or transmission fluid. One customer enjoys the product but says the factory weld holding the hitch on could be a lot better. You may want to have a welder check it out for you.

Most customers are very pleased with this piece of equipment. Here's what some of them had to say:

  • This Tow Behind Tiller was worth every red cent that we paid for it. Hubby tilled our veggie garden in record time this year.
  • I bought this to use on three acres of farm ground that I purchased for a garden. I does a good job breaking up the soil and chewing up the weeds, but is rather violent in doing so.
  • This is NOT like a harrower on the back of a tractor! The third and fourth times, we amended the soil with peat and manure...the garden is a success!

Multi-Fit Tow Tine Tiller by Agri-Fab
Agri-Fab 45-0308 Multi-Fit Tow Tine Tiller with Briggs & Stratton Intek 875 Series Engine
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Remember, when it comes to gardening equipment you need to purchase very specific tools for a very specific use. You don't want a small garden-tiller to use on a large garden, and a large tiller is too much for a small garden. Do your research and some checking around online, then, decide exactly what you need before you make this purchase.

If you are located outside of the US, please use the Amazon or e-bay search boxes to the right. Your search will be GEO-TARGETED and you will arrive at your local versions of these sites where you can make your purchase.


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