Today I was using a Howard Gem Rotavator (Dowdeswell 650) in preparation for creating a new lawn. This is one of the later Howard Gems as they were taken over by Dowdeswell in the ’80s, hence the Dowdeswell logo on the rotavator.
The Dowdeswell 650 is a great machine for reclaiming ground, creating lawns and general rotavating in the garden, nursery or allotment. Over the years I have owned seven different Dowdeswell and Howard Gem rotavators. Unfortunately, the Dowdeswell Rotavators are no longer made and are getting fewer and fewer every year. I believe production stopped in the late 80s or early 90s.
My preferred model is the 30-inch model which comes complete with dual wheels which make it much lighter on the freshly tilled ground. The 30-inch models seem very rare, I don’t believe there were many produced, I have owned one 30 inch model.
I believe the most popular model is the 20-inch model due to its ability to be able to get into most places. The model in the video is a Dowdeswell 650 24 inch powered by a 10 hp single cylinder Acme diesel engine. The most popular diesel engine model is the German Hatz diesel engine, a great engine that has lowdown torque. Other diesel engines have been fitted including Ruggerini, Sachs and probably more!
You Can See The Howard Gem In Action Below
In this particular garden, the turf had already been removed by a turf cutter. Removing the turf isn’t a five-minute job and there’s also the job of disposing of the turf. If you have space it can be composted. In this particular case, a 16-ton lorry was used to take the turf away.
Fortunately, the soil was very free draining and easy to rotavate, it was literally drying with the March/April winds by the time I was ready to give the ground a second pass with the rotavator.
The next process will be a combination of raking and rolling to level the area and then a layer of quality topsoil from the sugar beet factory.
Today we are looking at the Feider Pro garden tiller; this is a petrol garden tiller that quickly eats up the work with a 100 cm working width. I believe this is the widest rotor driven garden tiller that I have come across. This is certainly a tiller that can cover the ground quickly!
Recently we looked at the Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller 36cm, a much smaller and compact tiller. The Racing garden tiller is available for £279.95 p offering a saving of £120 on the retail price.
If you’re a keen gardener or a professional gardener looking to make life more comfortable in the garden, then a garden tiller can be a great help. Garden tillers are often referred to as, rotavators, garden cultivators, petrol cultivators. They come in different shapes and sizes, my preferred type of machine being the wheel-driven type. The wheel driven type of machine is more expensive but is generally more comfortable to use, and many are more aimed at the professional market. Having said this, we do also have some budget wheeled driven tillers available.
So let’s take a closer look at the Feider Pro garden tiller.
A powerful 4 stroke 7 hp petrol engine.
A heavy machine that helps the digging performance.
A maximum digging depth of approximately 160 mm.
Three-speed gearbox plus one reverse gear for manoeuvrability.
Adjustable handles that can be offset.
Comes complete with eight rotors for a 1 m digging width.
Two-year manufacturers warranty for peace of mind.
The Feider Pro Petrol Garden Tiller
I have to say that this is probably the widest rotor driven garden tiller that I have come across. For most gardeners, this petrol garden tiller is probably too wide to use effectively for most jobs. If you have an extra-large vegetable patch, this machine will obviously cover the area very quickly, so it definitely has its uses. I have owned professional machines that vary between 20 and 30 inches wide, approximately 50 to 75 cm wide. It’s amazing how much work you can cover even with a 20-inch machine. I really feel that a 3’3″ (1 m) is slightly overkill!
I do not want to put you off purchasing a large machine; I want to be real about it!
Four Stroke Petrol Engine
With a 212 cc overhead-valve four-stroke Einhill petrol engine, which develops 7 hp, this garden cultivator certainly has plenty of power. With the efficient overhead valve technology, the engine is built to last and for economy. The engine comes with a straightforward recoil start for easy starting.
The four-stroke engine comes with a heavy-duty air filter. I see far too many people not checking that air filter regularly enough. It is of great importance that the air filters are cleaned regularly to keep the engine working efficiently and to give the engine long life. Failure to do this will result in poor engine performance and premature engine wear.
The engine is mounted in a slightly different place to the majority of garden cultivators. Most garden tillers have the engine mounted immediately above the rotors. However, on this Feider rotavator, the engine is mounted in more of a forward position. I guess this is to try to get more forward weight onto the rotors for digging efficiency.
With three forward gears, the Feider Pro garden tiller has a speed to suit almost any conditions. It appears that many manufacturers are adding a reverse gear, this makes the machine so much easier to manoeuvre. Traditionally rotor driven tillers only had one forward speed, this was good for simplicity but not quite so good for manoeuvrability. The reverse gear enables you to get out of tight spaces easily and efficiently and with minimum effort.
The Feider Pro garden tiller has a 100 cm digging width, which is exceptionally wide for this machine type. There are a total of eight cutters and 32 tines on this machine, that’s quite a few tines!
The depth is controlled by a rear skid that can be adjusted up or down to get the required digging depth. If you are digging hard ground, it pays to go over the ground several times, increasing the depth at every pass. There is no point in trying to force a machine to do too much.
For safe operation, the garden cultivator is fitted with a dead man’s handle. In other words, if your hands are removed from the handlebars, the dead man’s handle will stop the machine for safety.
It’s very important to have adjustable handles on a garden tiller, not only up and down movement, but also from side to side. It’s important to be able to adjust the handles for operator comfort. However, it is also a necessary feature to offset the handles so that you are not walking on freshly tilled soil. If the soil is dry, it is not too bad treading on the soil; however, when you are cultivating the soil, it will come up damp and sticky. So it’s important not to leave unsightly footprints on your wet soil or to cause soil damage.
Removable Belt Drive
Another one of the Feider tiller features is that it’s designed to have a removable belt drive and chain. This is great for easy maintenance and cleaning.
Once again I don’t want you to put you off this machine if you have a huge vegetable patch, it would certainly cover the ground quickly. French manufacturer Feider does offer good value for money; their machines seem to receive good reviews.
The Feider pro garden cultivator comes with a two-year warranty for peace of mind.
4-stroke Einhell OHV
Engine Fuel Tank Capacity
Oil Tank Capacity
3 Forward / 1 Reverse
Working depth: 100 mm Maximum working depth: 160 mm
Today we are looking at the compact Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller 36cm. As far as garden tillers go, the Racing cultivator is quite small for tiller standards. It’s not quite a micro tiller, but maybe in between the two types of tine driven garden tiller.
The compact Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller 36cm is available at a very attractive price of £279.95. At the time of writing, this is a £120 saving on the retail price and includes VAT. It also comes with a two-year peace of mind warranty.
Recently we looked at the very popular Oleo-Mac MH175RK Garden Tiller which has excellent reviews. This is a larger machine, but still offers excellent value for money at £395 including VAT. At the time of writing this is a £204 saving and definitely worth a look due to the numerous reviews and value for money.
It never fails to amaze me how much having the right tools for the garden can free up so much time and make life so much easier. The Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller 36cm is one of those tools that helps to do free up time and save loads of back-breaking work. With some excellent reviews, this tiller is definitely worth taking a look at.
Racing is one of those companies that appears to be able to produce budgets garden machinery at good prices and their products receive good feedback. The Racing garden tiller is powered by a fuel efficient overhead valve engine and offers compactness and agility where larger tillers cannot go.
Efficient four-stroke overhead valve petrol engine.
A smallish tiller that goes where other tillers can’t go.
Sharp steel rotors for cultivating.
Adjustable skid for accurate working depth.
32.7 kg enables the machine to be lifted into a car boot.
Two years warranty.
The Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller 36cm
Garden tillers come in all shapes and sizes, they will often be referred to as, cultivators, rotavators, tillers, micro tillers and more.
If you’re looking to free up time and save some energy, a garden tiller is definitely a tool that can help take the pressure off in the garden. There are different types of garden tillers ranging from my preferred type which is the wheel driven machines. These machines have powered wheels that normally offer a selection of speeds with a separate drive to the digging rotors. These tillers are more expensive, but offer more versatility and are easier to use.
The second type of tiller and most popular are the rotor driven type which we are looking at today. These offer an easy way and a relatively cheap way of taking the hard work out of digging and creating those spring seedbeds.
The third type of tillers are the micro type, although these tillers are very small, however, they can still be extremely useful in the garden. I find a micro tiller is great for hoeing between vegetable rows and for tidying flower and shrub beds. Being small they can quickly weave between plants and shrubs making your traditional garden hoe almost redundant! Although these cultivators are small, they still have surprisingly excellent capabilities.
Four Stroke Petrol Engine
The Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller 36cm is powered by a four-stroke overhead valve 139cc petrol engine. This air-cooled engine has plenty of power to power the 36 cm digging rotors. The four stroke engine gives excellent economy and efficiency.
With a 36 cm digging width the Racing garden tiller is certainly one of the more compact machines on the market. Even with a 36 cm digging width, it’s surprising how quickly the machine can cover the ground. The sharp steel rotors quickly dig into the ground making light work of those hard digging tasks. The machine is also great for making spring seedbeds and hoeing.
The adjustable digging skid helps to determine the right depth depending on the task ahead. If you pull the skid right up, the machine will go deep; if you put the skid down, the machine will not dig deeply, which is ideal for spring seedbeds.
A Compact Garden Tiller
Due to the 36 cm digging width which is relatively small for a garden tiller. The tiller is able to go where other garden tillers cannot go. One of the most useful features are to be able to hoe between rows of vegetables and to hoe flowerbeds and shrub borders. There are micro tillers available, however, with the tiller of this size you must have the best of both worlds.
This compact garden tiller weighs just 32.7 kg so it can literally be picked up and moved from site to site. Or even put in the back of a car boot, very easily indeed.
The Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller 36cm is a budget garden tiller with excellent reviews. Being a relatively small garden tiller, the machine has the advantages of making it more universal and being able to reach smaller places. If you’re on a limited budget, this garden tiller is definitely worth a look. Going by the reviews, customers are very satisfied with this machine, it can certainly make life much easier in the garden.
Racing obviously trusts their machine as it comes with a two-year warranty for labour and parts.
Today we are looking at the Oleo-Mac MH175RK garden tiller. The Oleo-Mac MH175RK Garden Tiller offers excellent value for money and is currently on special offer at £395 including VAT, which saves £204.
Yesterday we looked at the larger MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller. The MTD tiller is available for the higher price of £759 including VAT. It does, however, offer a much larger digging width and it also can be reduced to a very narrow 33 cm width. This is ideal for hoeing between vegetable plants and within flower and shrub borders.
Now let’s get back to the Oleo-Mac MH175RK garden tiller. The Oleo-Mac garden tiller has 21 reviews and a star rating of 4.9/5, so it looks like customers are pretty satisfied with their purchase.
Oleo-Mac is an Italian company that makes various machines suitable for the garden. This garden tiller can be a time and labour saving investment for the keen gardener and allotment holder. The heavy-duty steel blades and the powerful Emak overhead valve engine will help make light work of your cultivation tasks.
One of the great features of the Oleo-Mac MH175RK garden tiller is the reverse gear. The majority of tine driven cultivators only have one forward speed, this means that the machine has to be dragged backwards. However, Oleo-Mac has overcome this issue by adding a reverse gear. This takes a lot of hard work out of using a garden tiller.
A great value for money garden tiller top reviews.
Heavy-duty steel blades.
Powerful Emak overhead valve petrol engine.
Reverse gear for manoeuvrability.
Belt drive with overload protection.
Front-mounted transport wheel.
Adjustable handlebars vertically and laterally for minimal soil damage.
Adjustable tilling width.
Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller With Reverse Drive
So let’s take a closer look at the Oleo-Mac MH175RK garden tiller. As you know, I’m always looking for ways to save time in the garden and garden tiller is definitely a laboursaving tool in the garden. Garden tillers can often be referred to as rotavators, cultivators and tillers. They are basically all designed to dig and cultivate your garden or allotment.
My preferred type of tiller is the wheel-driven type which does cost more money, however, they are much more user-friendly. The second type is the rotor driven type like we are looking at today. And thirdly, there are the small tillers that can be used mainly for hoeing. These micro-tillers may not look like much, however, it’s surprising how much these machines can do and how universal they can be.
An Emak overhead-valve four-stroke engine powers the Oleo-Mac MH175RK garden tiller. With the 183cc engine, the engine gives plenty of power for the cultivating needs of the average gardener. The overhead-valve engine helps to keep the engine quiet and gives great fuel economy.
Rotor Drive And Reverse Gear
One of the best features of the Oleo-Mac Garden Tiller is that it has a reverse gear. As I mentioned earlier in this post, it makes manoeuvring the tiller much easier, especially when working in tight spaces.
The Oleo-Mac garden tiller has an 80 cm (approximately 2’8″) tilling width, which can be reduced to 60 cm (2 feet) when working in restricted areas. The crop protection discs at each end of the rotors protect other plants being entangled in the rotors, a handy feature.
Transmission To Rotors
The power to the rotors is transmitted via a V belt from the engine which connects to the slimline chain drive that in turn powers the rotors. This is a simple and yet effective way of transmitting power. The V belt also protects the engine against overloading or sudden stoppages.
If you are creating a fine seedbed it’s important not to walk on your freshly cultivated soil, especially if the soil is damp. The Oleo-Mac garden tiller allows you to adjust the handles to avoid working on the freshly cultivated soil. The handles also fold away to allow for transport and storage.
The Oleo-Mac MH175RK garden tiller offers excellent value for money, especially with the discounted price. Judging by the number of positive reviews, customers are very satisfied with their purchase.
With a five year warranty, I guess that customers have greater peace of mind.
Today we are looking at the MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller. The MTD Tiller is a large tiller designed for the keen homeowner and allotment user. The MTD front Tine Tiller is available for £759 including VAT.
Yesterday we looked at the Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator. I prefer the wheeled driven type of tiller as they are much more user-friendly and easier to use. However, there is a price to pay. The Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator is available for £1139 which offers a saving of £110.
The MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller has an impressive 81 cm working width; furthermore, this can be reduced to a 33 cm working width. The highly effective heat-treated self-sharpening sprung steel tines give excellent digging capabilities. The MTD tiller is powered by an MTD overhead valve 5.5 hp petrol engine.
As you know, I’m always looking for ways to make life more comfortable in the garden. Garden tillers can be referred to as rotavators, garden cultivators and tillers. They all do the same job; they can dig your garden and produce an excellent fine seedbed! A garden tiller can take the hard work out of digging. They are a tremendous laboursaving tool for the keen gardener and allotment holder.
An excellent petrol tiller for demanding home and allotment use.
Self-sharpening steel sprung tines.
Overhead valve engine with cast iron liner.
Quiet exhaust system which reduces engine noise.
Worm drive for excellent torque transfer.
Three-stage tilling width for flexibility.
Fold-down handlebars for storage and transport.
Transport wheel for ease of use.
The MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller
One of the MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller’s main features is the sizeable digging width of 81 cm; this is approximately 2’8″. The large digging width of MTD tiller quickly makes large vegetable plots appear relatively small. The great thing is that the digging width can be reduced to 33 cm for more delicate row crop work and also for tilling between shrubs and plants in borders.
The powerful petrol engine gives the MTD tiller plenty of power. Believe it or not, it doesn’t take too much power to drive a rotavator or tiller. The tiller is powered by an MTD 4 stroke 179’cc overhead-valve single-cylinder engine. The engine develops 5.5 hp and offers great economy with low emissions.
The low tone muffler helps to keep engine noise to a minimum. The cast-iron cylinder liner helps to prolong engine life combined with a dual-element air filter. I cannot stress the importance of keeping the air filter clean for engine efficiency and economy. Your engine must breathe clean air; failure to do this will considerably shorten the engines life.
The MTD garden tiller comes with one forward and one reverse gear. The reverse gear is a handy feature as many of the rotor driven cultivators only have one forward speed. The reverse gear helps to make the machine much easier to use and reduces operator fatigue. Most of the rotor driven tillers that I have used have only had one forward speed, which means the machine has to be pulled backwards, physically.
Power to the rotors comes from a V belt from the engine and then from the V belt to a chain drive that drives the rotors.
Another great feature of the MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller has the ability to be able to change the working width. It’s great to have a cultivator with a large working width to cover the ground quickly. However, this can sometimes be an obstacle if you’re working in narrow spaces. The MTD garden tiller is designed to work at 81/61/33 cm widths, making it great for getting in tight spaces. The MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller could be used with the various working widths for hoeing vegetables and getting between flower and shrub borders.
The rotors are made of a highly effective heat-treated self-sharpening sprung steel that gives the tines the ability to stay sharp and cut through hard ground.
The front Tine Tiller comes with a depth skid. This determines the depth and helps control the machine, particularly when you don’t want to dig too deeply. If you want to dig deep, lift the skid directly up if you want to go shallow, put the depth skid right down.
The MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller includes foldable handles which are great for storage or transporting. The machine comes with a front transport wheel to manoeuvre the garden tiller to different areas of your garden or allotment.
The MTD T380M Front-Tine Tiller has a large digging width which can quickly cover the ground. I like the idea that the digging blades can be removed for working in tighter spaces; this is really useful for hoeing and working between shrubs.
My preferred type of rotavator is the wheeled driven type; however, these machines cost more money. The MTD garden tiller has a reverse gear, which helps make the machine more manoeuvrable, which is a big plus point.
The MTD garden tiller offers good value for money and a wide working width backed up by a one-year manufacturers warranty.
Today we are looking at the Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator, this is a wheeled driven tiller designed to make light work of those heavy jobs. TheStiga Silex 103B Cultivator is currently on special offer at £1139 which is a saving of £110. The price includes VAT.
The Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator is a compact and yet powerful machine ready to tackle all types of cultivation tasks in your garden. The powerful Briggs & Stratton overhead valve engine gives the Stiga Rotavator plenty of power. For flexibility and manoeuvrability, the machine has a three-speed gearbox, making the machine almost effortless to use.
6.5 hp overhead valve Briggs & Stratton petrol engine.
Two forward and one reverse gear for manoeuvrability and performance.
Pneumatic tyres with optional cast-iron wheels available.
Wheel driven tiller for ease of use.
Types Of Tillers And Rotavators
We are now in February and next month Spring will be upon us. As you know, I’m always looking for ways to make life in the garden easier, over the next few days will be looking at some of our garden tillers. There are basically three types of tillers and cultivators. The first type and my preferred type of rotavators are the wheel-driven types. These machines are driven by the wheels and the rear digging rotors are driven independently. This offers much more control and they are much more user-friendly.
The second type of tiller is the rotor driven type. In other words, there are no wheels to drive the tiller, the rotors actually drive the machine. The speed is controlled by how much weight you apply to the handles and how fast the engine is running. The more you push down on the handles, the deeper the tiller will dig, subject to ground conditions of course. The rotor driven type of tiller is more physical to use, however, it is much easier than using hand tools!
The third type of tillers are the small hoeing machines, as I call them. They can make light work of hoeing between shrubs, perennials and vegetable plants. Being very narrow and compact they are ideal for going up rows of vegetables and keeping your ground free of weeds. In general, these tillers used for digging by simply turning rotors around, which in turn makes the machine dig deeper. They are much more universal than they actually look.
Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator
As I mentioned earlier, the Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator is a wheeled driven machine that makes light work of cultivation tasks in the garden. The two forward speed and one reverse gear make the cultivator very easy to manoeuvre and to adapt to various soil conditions. The rotors are independently driven and the forward speed is determined through the gearbox.
There is an adjustable skid at the rear of the machine which determines the digging depth of the machine. If you require a shallow depth, set your skid to a low setting, this will restrict the machine from digging too deeply into the soil. By adjusting the skid to a higher setting the cultivator will dig deeper. If you are digging hard ground or the soil has not been moved recently, it’s advisable to go over the ground multiple times to gently break the soil up.
Three Speed Gearbox
With a three-speed gearbox, including a reverse gear, the Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator can be manoeuvred very easily and effortlessly. If you are digging hard ground, use a low gear. If you are making a spring seedbed and the ground has already had frost on, a higher gear would be more suitable as the soil will break down easily.
Briggs & Stratton Engine
The Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator is powered by the well-proven Briggs & Stratton engine. The Vanguard overhead valve 205cc engine develops 6.5 hp which gives plenty of power. I have owned and used machines with Briggs & Stratton engines for many years. Over time, I have had minimal issues with Briggs & Stratton engines. I like the fact that parts are readily available and sensibly priced, there are Briggs & Stratton agents across the world.
The Briggs & Stratton engine features a transport guard system that automatically shuts off the oil and fuel and ignition during transportation.
With a 60 cm (approximately 24 inches) cultivating width, the Stiga Silex 103B Cultivator will easily fit through a standard garden gate. It is also surprisingly quick on covering the ground, the rotavator doesn’t take long to cultivate the average size vegetable patch.
The six rotors which each have four blades on, quickly cultivate the soil, making an excellent seedbed for spring sowing. Using the gearbox and the depth control determines how fine and deep your seedbed will be. There are occasions when a rough finish is needed to overwinter your veg patch.
Rotavators are a very useful tool for reclaiming land. For example, if you want to create a new veg patch or flower border in your garden, a rotavator can quickly transform the area.
The Stiga cultivator is equipped with three-position handlebars, the handlebars can be adjusted to suit the operator. This is also a useful feature as if you’re digging deeply you can then raise the handlebars according to every situation.
Stiga has a number of popular accessories for Stiga 103 Rotavator. The two most useful accessories are the cast iron wheels which help to give a better grip. The second option is a ridger attachment for baulking up potatoes, a very useful feature indeed.
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I much prefer the wheel-driven rotavators as they are far easier and better to use than the traditional rotor driven machines. £1139 is a good price for a wheeled powered Rotavator, it’s amazing how much more you get for your money when you spend a bit more!
The Stiga comes with a two-year manufacturers warranty.
The Feider FMTB8300 Petrol Tiller is a traditional cultivator which is designed for the keen gardener for efficient soil cultivation. This petrol-driven cultivator features a powerful 196cc overhead valve technology which in turns gives economy and reliability.
Recently we looked at the Feider RTF220 Pro Rear-Tine Tiller, which offers excellent value for money for a wheel driven Tiller. Today we are looking at a more traditional rotor driven cultivator which are more popular with gardeners due to the cheaper cost. However, the wheel-driven type of rotavator is my preferred machine, although, there is normally a slightly higher cost involved. But well worth the extra cost in my mind, due to the ease and extra flexibility that it brings.
At just £579 and a two-year warranty, the Feider FMTB8300 Petrol Tiller offers value for money and a time-saving investment for the keen gardener and allotment holder. The Feider petrol tiller is designed for keen gardeners and allotment holders, if you are a contractor I would go for a rear tined wheeled machine.
The Feider FMTB8300 is powered by a single-cylinder 196 cc engine, developing 6.5 hp. The engine is a robust four-stroke overhead-valve engine, which offers plenty of power and economy. The 3.6 L fuel tank offers plenty of work time between fill-ups. The engine is started using a recoil start cord.
The Feider FMTB8300 Petrol Tiller
The Feider FMTB8300 petrol tiller is perfect for the keen gardener or allotment holder who wants to make life easier in the garden. The 85 cm working width quickly and officially creates perfect seedbeds. The digging depth of up to 250 mm is more than enough for most gardens. The adjustable depth wheel helps to make using the Feider FMTB8300 petrol tiller easier. For example, if you just want the machine to go very shallow, set the depth wheel to a high setting and it will control the depth.
With two gears, (one forward and one reverse) the Feider FMTB8300 petrol tiller becomes very manoeuvrable. The reverse gear helps to make turning much easier. All the tine driven machines I’ve used have not had a reverse gear, which means the machine has to be physically pulled backwards. The reverse gear will definitely save a lot of physical effort, especially when turning.
The strong tiller tines allow the machine to penetrate hard soil, but at the same time can be used to create a fine seedbed. There are a series of eight tines on each side of the drive housing. The tine guard helps to break down the soil and protect the operator at the same time.
Safety is always important, the manufacturer has fitted a dead man’s handle. As soon as you release the handle, the machine will stop.
This was good to be able to use a machine comfortably. The Feider FMTB8300 petrol tiller comes with adjustable handles that offer four different positions.
Any cultivator or tiller will quickly make life easier in the garden. The first tiller I purchased when I was started out in contracting was a rotor driven machine, not something I’d recommend for contracting! However, it’s all I could afford at the time.
A rotor driven machine works absolutely fine for the keen gardener, especially if you’re on a limited budget. However, if money is no object then it is better to go for a wheel driven machine. Either type of machine will definitely make your garden easier.
For peace of mind, the Feider FMTB8300 petrol tiller comes with two years warranty.
4-stroke Einhell OHV
Engine Fuel Tank Capacity
Oil Tank Capacity
1 Forward / 1 Reverse
Working depth : 250 mm Maximum working depth : 200 mm
The Feider RTF220 Pro Rear-Tine Tiller is currently on special offer at £699, which is actually a £300 saving on the normal price.
There are different types of tillers and cultivators available. I would always recommend a wheel driven rear tine tiller type of Tiller over a Tine driven machine. Obviously, different types of Tiller have their place, but in general, a rear Tine machine is much more efficient and much easier to use.
Pro rear tine tiller capable of handling many different soil conditions.
Powerful 208 cc four-stroke engine with overhead valve technology and low emissions.
Large fuel tank for non-stop operation.
Two-speed gearbox making pro rear Tine Tiller very easy to manoeuvre.
Chain drive rotors for top performance and low maintenance.
Debris guard to protect the operator and assist tilling.
Two-year warranty with optional five-year protection
The Rear Tine Advantage
There are all sorts of tillers, cultivators and Rotavators available to the horticulturalist and keen gardener. As I mentioned, my favourite type of Tiller is the wheel-driven rear Tine type. A wheel-driven tiller takes the hard work out of tilling and rotavating by using the powered wheels to drive the machine forward.
With tine driven tillers the tines drive the machine forward, which is fine, but it does require a lot more effort from the operator. I started out with a tine driven tiller which worked fine but did require a lot of physical effort. Moving up to a wheel driven machine was a great move forward as I could literally rotovate all day, effortlessly.
Obviously, many things depend on our budget, but if you can go for a wheeled driven tiller, you will not regret it.
Feider RTF220 Pro Rear-Tine Tiller Engine
The Feider RTF220 Pro Rear-Tine Tiller comes with the high performance 208 cc overhead-valve four-stroke engine. The engine is built to a commercial specification which benefits from excellent fuel consumption, quieter running and low emissions.
A 3.6 L fuel tank means maximum productivity without the need to refuel too often.
With the two speed gearbox, which makes for very easy manoeuvrability. The one forward and one reverse gear makes turning easy, no pulling or straining, just simply engage reverse gear.
The rotors or tines are driven through a chain drive that guarantees maximum performance, no belts to slip or adjust.
The tilling width is approximately 15 inches (40 cm) so makes it easy to negotiate narrow gates and pathways. The Tiller width is wider than the wheel width making sure that no wheel marks are left on your freshly tilled soil.
There is a robust debris cover that stops stones and earth flying everywhere. The debris cover also helps to smash up the soil as it hits the cover and comes back onto the rotors. At the rear of the debris cover, there is an adjustable skid that helps to control the tilling depth.
The Italian built Oleo-Mac front Tine Tiller is a high-end machine designed to help the allotment holder and keen gardener. With the reversible powered tines that help to make the tiller exceptionally manoeuvrable, especially in tight spaces. The majority of front Tine tillers do not have this unique reverse feature.
You can purchase your Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller with confidence as the reviews over the past four years are showing extremely positive. In fact, the reviews average 4.9 out of five stars which is excellent.
If you’re looking to take the hard work out of gardening, then a garden tiller is a machine that can help you. If you are allotment holder or you have a vegetable patch or even creating a new garden, a garden tiller can really be a great asset.
Adjustable handlebars, from left to right to up and down.
Adjustable tilling width.
The Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller has a working width of 80 cm, this can be reduced to 60 cm for those narrow access jobs or when carrying out row crop work. The 4.2 mm steel tines help to give the machine’s strength for when you hit those unexpected objects under the soil!
Front Tine tillers or cultivators are powered through an engine to the rotors, the rotors enable the machine to move forward. Speed is dependent on the depth that you are digging, the harder you push on the handles the deeper the cultivator will dig. This will also bring a slower forward speed. Depth control is provided by an adjustable skid that determines the maximum depth.
One of the very useful features of this garden tiller is the fact that it has a reverse drive. It does require a bit of effort to use a tiller, however, the reverse gear can make life much easier, especially in tight spaces.
My very first tiller was a Front Tine Tiller as I moved more into contracting, I invested in a two-wheeled powered tiller for larger jobs. However, for the average keen gardener, a Front Tine Tiller is more than adequate for the job in hand. It never fails to amaze me how much these machines can achieve, it’s much quicker than digging! Although it’s not a bad principle to dig your garden by hand in the autumn if you are able. In this way, it enables the weather to get into the soil. When you come to cultivate the garden in the spring your tiller will almost produce an onion bed instantly. Especially if we have received heavy frosts over the winter.
The Oleo-Mac MH175RK Front-Tine Tiller is powered by a Emak 183 cc K800H 4 stroke petrol engine. The engine incorporates the latest overhead valve technology, which in turn brings low exhaust emissions, noise reduction and good fuel consumption.
To help to protect the engine, the Oleo-Mac tiller is belt-driven from the engine to the digging tines. In this way, should the cultivator hit an unforeseen object underground the belt will slip which in turn protects the engine against sudden jolts through unseen objects.
The tines can be reversed through the gearbox which gives one speed forward and one-speed in reverse. The actual speed can be controlled through the throttle lever.
Another useful feature is the fact that the handles can be adjusted up and down and sideways. If you are preparing a spring seedbed, the last thing you want is footprints all over your freshly tilled soil! The handles can very simply be offset so that there is no need to tread on the freshly tilled soil.
As you know, I’m always looking for ways to make life easier in the garden, a garden tiller can help make light work out of digging. Tillers are also excellent for preparing a spring seedbed. Oleo-Mac gives a five-year peace of mind warranty on their Front-Tine Tiller. They obviously have confidence in their garden tiller, which to me, is a huge plus point.
I always like to make life easy in the garden, a few people have described me as being a mechanical gardener. I always believe that if there is a machine available to do a job, why struggle physically! A garden cultivator or tiller can really take the hard work out of gardening. One of the many things a garden tiller is useful for is creating a fine seedbed in the spring for your vegetable seeds. This works particularly well if you have dug your vegetable patch in the autumn. You don’t have to dig your vegetable patch in the autumn, however, it is not a bad practice as autumn digging enables the frost to get into the soil.
The Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller is a budget-priced tiller made by the Racing company. Racing seems to be very good at making products at budget prices. This petrol tiller is no exception, being priced at under £200. I remember when I purchased my first Merry Tiller 35 years ago it costs me over £500! I have no idea what that would be in today’s money if the machine was still available!
If you are maintaining a vegetable patch or allotment Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller will make light work of preparing your vegetable patch, flower beds and more.
Racing makes their own engine for the Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller. This is a 139 cc air-cooled four-stroke engine that develops high torque and high-capacity. The engine has a recoil start system for starting the engine. It has plenty of power to turn the six sharp tined rotors. These rotors have the ability to make a fine spring seedbed or even digging harder sunbaked ground.
When digging harder ground with this type of tiller you will need to make several passes. Don’t try and force the machine, just let the tiller do the work, with each pass you can go a little deeper until you reach the required depth.
Lightweight And Manoeuvrable
Moving the Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller around from site to site is easy with the front transport wheel. The machine weighs just 32.7 kg which means that the machine can be handled with ease.
The large widely spaced handle grips offer excellent control and manoeuvrability. The simple adjustable depth skid makes it easy to adapt to various soil types and conditions. If you want to dig deeper, simply lift your depth skid up or if you want to go shallow leave the depth skid down.
The handlebars are height adjustable which is always good on a rotavator. Depending on your height and how deep you are digging will depend on the handle position for comfort.
The protective guard acts to protect the operator from flying debris and helps to break up the soil. As a soil hits the guard it has the potential to smash the clods into smaller pieces.
With a 60 cm (2 foot) cultivating width, the Racing 139PTIL63-C Petrol Tiller quickly covers the ground.
There are all sorts of tiller and cultivators on the market, this Racing tiller is an excellent price. It is backed by a two-year warranty on parts and labour, so you have a two-year peace of mind warranty on your machine! I always tell people to spend as much as they can on a machine, if you want something that is going to last. We have a range of other cultivators and two-wheeled rotavators available.