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Features to consider when selecting electric tillers

Features to consider when selecting electric tillers

electric mini tiller

Manufacturer descriptions for battery mini tiller may feel confusing, let’s start by looking at how you can clarify these machines:

A cultivator is a light-duty device for turning over and weeding earth previously dug but wants annual maintenance. It cannot break new ground. However, this tiller is a mid-range tool. It can handle both maintenance tasks and more severe digging. It may hold hard-packed soil, but breaking new ground is a challenge. A tiller should do it all, from spinning sod into a workable plot to weeding between vegetable rows.

Was it corded or cordless?

As cordless means battery-operated tools become more powerful, corded models have less of an advantage. Corded drills have all but disappeared. Though, in heavy-duty situations, like digging, corded models are still on top. The only real drawback is that the maximum extension cable length is around 100 feet.

At the writing time, 80-volt models are starting to appear. Whereas they might have the power to rival corded versions, even the best have run times; they are only in the 30-minute range. Something many will find frustrating. 40-volt and 60-volt cultivators offer an effective light-duty alternative. An extra battery will resolve the problem, but they are as much as $200. For most, that is not a practical solution.

While people love the idea of a big, powerful cordless tiller unless you have to have one. At this moment, corded versions provide better performance for less.

Electric tiller prices

Corded tillers are the cheapest, with light-duty models available for around $80-100. Charges rise more or less in line with capacity and power. A mid-range corded tiller that will do an excellent job in numerous urban gardens costs around $150 to $180. Battery-operated cultivators in this class start to appear at about $250. The best high-powered twilled tillers are as much as $350.

Other considerable features

  • Width: A large tilling width means fewer trips up and down the garden. So you get the work done quicker. The maximum you may find is 16″. That is fine with empty beds. But flower borders and in between rows of vegetables need a narrower tool, so variable-width is a big bonus.
  • Depth: Digging depth is variable and easily adjusted. Maximum depth provides a good indication of the power of the battery mini tiller. If it is 5″ or likely to be best suitable for garden maintenance. If it is 10″, it will chop over just about anything.
  • Safety: Some rechargeable tillers have a lock-on button; you do not have to keep the induction pressed. Others have a safety lever that immediately kills the motor if you allow going for any reason.
  • Mobility: Wheels are ideal for mobility on hard surfaces. You can never “walk” a tiller on its tines, as you are likely to harm them. If it does not have wheels, look for a flip-down stand.
  • Cord clamp: It can feel frustrating if you keep pulling out the extension cord when working. A cord clamp will stop this from happening.
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