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.