Which Rototiller: Gas or Electric

Buying A Rototiller:  Gas Or Electric?

There are two main types of rototillers available: the gas type and the electric type. Depending on your needs and preferences you can buy the one that is suitable for your garden. To make it easier for you, here is a short comparison between the two types.

Gas Rototillers: Pros And Cons

Pros: 4-stroke models of gas mini-tillers are usually powerful enough to handle just about any gardening job. Gas-powered tillers usually perform better than electric tillers. They are suitable for tending to areas less than 3000 square feet. Most gas tillers have a swath 9-10 inches wide, and are suitable for tilling in tight spaces. Besides that, gas tillers are more portable as they don’t have a power cord like electric tillers.

Cons: Gas-powered tillers require much more maintenance than electric tillers, and are much noisier too. If you dislike maintaining equipment too much or have fussy neighbors who like their peace and quiet, then gas tillers are not for you. Gas tillers also have the disadvantage of being environmentally-unfriendly, as they use gas as running fuel. They also tend to be heavier than electric tillers.

Electric Rototillers: Pros And Cons

Pros: There are two types of electric rototillers, the corded ones and the battery-powered ones. The corded ones are suitable for small to average gardening jobs, and they do not pollute the environment like gas tillers do. They are also quite inexpensive, and more lightweight. Corded tillers are also quieter and low-maintenance, which is why they are slowly becoming the preference for smaller gardens. Battery-powered tillers offer the same advantages as corded tiller, with the added advantage of being cordless. However, their output is much less than a corded tiller.

Cons: Electric tillers do not perform as well as gas-powered tillers, and are suitable for smaller tilling jobs only. Corded tillers can reduce mobility drastically, and the cord itself is a nuisance since you may accidentally cut it while tilling your garden. Battery-powered tillers run for only about 30 minutes on a full charge, and that can be a bummer on its own.


If you want performance and have difficult soil to handle, with land that covers a large area, then gas-powered tillers should be your choice, even if they pollute the environment and are noisy. This is because electric tillers cannot give the same performance most of the time. If you have a smaller area to till and don’t need such a high-powered rototiller, then electric tillers should do the trick. Be sure to get the right type of rototiller though, or you might end up disappointed because you can’t use it effectively for your garden.

Garden Rototiller Buying Guide – What should I look for?

There are a few things to look out for when buying a rototiller and they are highlighted below.


There are two main types of rototillers: gas and electric. The former uses gas and oil as fuel, while the latter runs on electricity. As you can see, electric rototillers are more eco-friendly. Not only that, electric tillers are quieter and lighter than gas tillers. Gas tillers also require more maintenance than electric tillers. However, when it comes to performance, the two differ quite significantly (see next section).


Gas tillers generally perform better, as they deliver a more powerful output. If you have to till land that is rocky or hard in nature, gas tillers should probably be your choice. If your garden has been tilled previously or is smaller in size, then an electric tiller should be adequate. If you have a very large area of land which is rocky and hard, then it’s best to get a powerful and large gas tiller to till the land first. However, if you only plan to till this piece of land properly once or twice a year, it’s much more economical to rent these large tillers.


Electric tiller (the corded ones) are a lot less mobile than gas tillers, which contributes to the reason of why they can only be used to till small areas of land. If mobility is a must and you think that you might be clumsy enough to accidently cut your power cord while tilling, then you should stay away from electric tillers. Also note that the cords of electric tillers may destroy plants when dragged across them.


As various tillers come at different price ranges, it’s a good step to first determine your budget before you start shopping. Do your research before purchasing a tiller; not all expensive tillers are of good quality and not all inexpensive ones are of mediocre quality.


Different tillers have different weeding capacities; while some rototillers till lands excellently, they fail to weed properly without disturbing the plants you want. If you want to use your tiller to weed your garden as well, then be sure to confirm the effectiveness of a particular tiller at weeding.


Some tillers have accessories which you can buy to help them become more multi-purposed, such as aerators, dethatchers, edgers, trimmers, and so on. Having these add-ons available can be a good thing in case you decide to use your tiller for more than just plain tilling.


Before you buy a particular tiller, check the warranty to see what it covers (parts, service, etc). When buying from a dealer, ask if they provide repair services as well; if not, be sure to check if the nearest service centre is of an accessible distance for you.

I hope the tips above help you in deciding on the perfect rototiller for your gardening needs. Choose wisely and you will not be disappointed.

Sun Joe TJ600E Garden Rototiller Review

With the successes in the research and development of electric motors we can now have powerful (high torque) electric motors that are both light and compact as used in the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller.

This has been a huge advantage for garden machinery where previously gas operation was your only option. Today we see highly effective garden machinery that is safely driven by electricity.

Machines like the Sun Joe garden rototiller save a lot of “blood, sweat and tears” in the garden arena. All you have to do is plug them into the power supply, turn them on and they run at the flick of a switch. No setting chokes or pulling cords and hoping the gas engine will power into life.

The Sun Joe Garden Rototiller has four steel blade cutting tines and these are angled slightly to improve the effectiveness of loosening up compact dirt.  Some of you reading this may think that machines like the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller are too small and light to be much good at loosening old turf or compact ground – but the truth is they are quite capable. Obviously the amount they can till in a single pass is limited but apart from this they are capable machines.

The Sun Joe Garden Rototiller tills a 14 inch wide path with each pass and can dig to a depth of 7 inches. So you can see the advantage of this machine over the manual process of either hoeing or shoveling.

The motor behind the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller is 6.5 amps and represents no more worries about flat batteries, empty gas cans or getting the oil:gas mixture right.  Electric powered technology means it is  push button, instant start, smooth running technology – ready at the flick of a switch.

For safety there is a switch designed so that there can be no unexpected startups, and the bioengineered design with separate handles means the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller is both safe and comfortable to use.

The Sun Joe Garden Rototiller has a center of gravity that helps improve its handling and maneuverability, and weighing 17 pounds is heavy enough to do its job but light enough to move around.

Its compact size and ability to fold up means storage space is not an issue.

There is a comprehensive manual, including a 32 point general operations section. The Sun Joe Garden Rototiller  is ETL inspected and approved, and has a two year full warranty.

Of course because of its light weight and compactness the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller can be used as a follow up to weed and “hoe”  flower beds and the vegetable garden.

Sun Joe Garden Rototiller Specifications

  • Four angled, steel blade tines
  • Bioengineered and well balanced for ease of use.
  • Tilling width – 14 inches, Tilling depth up to 7 inches.
  • Handle can be folded for easey storage.
  • The Sun Joe Garden Rototiller Weighs 17 pounds
  • Full 2-year warranty
  • Safety switch to stop unexpected startups

Sun Joe Garden Rototiller Review

The Sun Joe Garden Rototiller  is a popular brand of tiller with 68% of users rating it a 5 and followed by 24% rating it a 4,  so 92% of people who use this tiller were happy with its performance.

Users found the assembly of the Sun Joe garden rototiller to be pretty easy and appreciated the detailed manual that has very clear instructions. Most users were surprised with the power of the tiller and those who had done a bit of research liked the wide spacing of the cutting tines. Some users made the helpful comment that it is important to use a heavy duty extension cord to reduce the risk of engine over heating – 12 gauge is good.

Some thought it was a little bit light because penetration into the soil was low.  This may have been due to impatience, however, because others had no problem with the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller digging down and found if you didn’t move too fast and used a forward and back method the tiller worked fine. A lot of users cross-tilled anyway to get a better result all over.

I think that a slower more careful approach to using the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller will pay dividends for the user. You can’t expect any rototiller to do a 100% job if undertaken at a slow walking pace. From comments made it is clear that the user has to judge how the rototiller performs as they progress, and trial and error will tell them how fast they can go and still cultivate to a good depth.

One thing that impressed a lot of the users was the strength of the tines when rocks or stones got stuck in them. The Sun Joe Garden Rototiller would stop automatically and users would then hammer the offending rock out of the tines fearing the worst – but once the rock was dislodged, the tines were undamaged and the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller fired into action once more.

Some thought the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller  would be improved if it had wheels and others were a bit concerned how much soil it threw up.

One reviewer had seven raised beds totaling about 200 ft2 and it took her about an hour to till all these beds with her Sun Joe Garden Rototiller. The power was supplied by a small solar system charging two, 115 amp hr RV batteries, and using a 2000 watt inverter and she didn’t find the work strenuous. The reviewer was 68 years young.

In light of what we have read and seen we would strongly recommend the Sun Joe Garden Rototiller.

Precise Tilling With Mini Rototillers

Mini rototillers are tillers that have been designed on a smaller scale than the usual rototillers. They are designed in this way so that that they can serve the purpose of tilling in small spaces and in land that has been cultivated on before. They are available at garden and nursery supply stores. There are two main types of mini rototillers namely electric and gas tillers. Electric tillers are quiet and cause no pollution. However, they produce lesser power when compared to gas tillers.

Mini rototillers can feature attachments that turn them into tools that can be used for many activities in the garden.

These types of rototillers with attachments are beneficial for gardeners who wish to save space and money for they do not have to purchase a number of different tools. Their small sizes make them appealing for several reasons. One of these reasons is that they are easily operated by one person and therefore gardeners to do not have to get assisted by others.

The other reason why the small size of mini rototillers is appealing is that gardeners can use them to work in cramped places. They are able to work on all areas in a garden including the small corners that are hard to reach when a gardener is using a regular rototiller. These rototillers may also feature adjustable tines that allow a gardener to gradually increase depths as he or she works the soil.
The main disadvantage of mini rototillers is that they are not as powerful as full size tillers.

However, this is not a problem in the garden even though it can turn into an issue when one is working in a bigger space. For example, it can be inconvenient to work with this tool in a big garden since it covers less ground.

When using mini rototillers, it is important to take certain precautions since they can lead to serious injuries. The first thing to do is to ensure that you follow all the instructions in the manual that comes with these tools. In this way, you will know how all the features and buttons of the tillers work. When you turn on the tiller, always make sure that you inspect it for wear, tear and damage.

The other thing to do when using mini rototillers is to ensure that you put on the right clothes every time.

Since these tillers always throw debris and dirt when you are working with them, they can cause cuts and abrasions if you do not have protective clothing. The clothes you wear should be long sleeved tops and long pants. You can also put on tall boots in order to reduce the chances that debris will hit your legs. You can also ensure that debris do not hit you by leaving the safety guards intact.

You should also be careful not to overwork your tiller since all mini rototillers are rated for specific types of tasks. If you work them to hard, you may damage them or hurt yourself. If at any one time you find that the tiller is making strange noises or if you smell an unusual odor, you should turn it off immediately and inspect it.

The other important thing to note about using mini rototillers is that you should always ensure that they are properly maintained. You should never neglect them and this will ensure that they will always run efficiently.