Not that many years ago roto tillers were large and expensive machines that were only affordable to commercial farmers and gardeners. These days, developers have made these tools much simpler, more compact and much more cost effective to the weekend gardener. Rotary tillers are very simple machines by design and are very simple to use. It is recommended that you read the manufacturers instructions in full prior to operating your tiller. Since it is likely that the majority of owners are not going to read them, we will discuss the proper use of a tiller so that you will have a working knowledge of the operation of your tiller. Not all roto tillers are the same, but they are similar. Again, the best thing to do is to read the manual in full.
Prior to starting up any garden roto tillers you have to take a careful stroll though the area that you want to cultivate. While you are walking you will be taking out any weeds that you come across. This may sound silly since the tiller will break them apart. It is true that the tiller will chop the weeds up but then that will cause even more weeds to grow in the future. While walking, you want to gather up any rocks you see to prevent the teller from flinging them and causing injury or damage.
The next step is getting the tiller up and running. Fill the machine with gas if it is gas-powered, or plug it into a power source if it is electric, and put on the last of your safety gear. It is recommended that you wear goggles, a dust mask, long sleeves, long pants, gloves and ear protection. This may seem excessive to many people but each piece of clothing is mean for your own protection. Tillers throw all sorts of dirt, rocks and debris through the air. If any of that stuff strikes you it can cause injury. If this stuff hits you in the eye, you may even lose your sight permanently. That is a huge price to pay for such an easily preventable occurrence.
Once your tiller is started up and ready to go you will begin work in one corner of the garden. As you move through the space you will work in a grid pattern until all of the space is cultured. While you are tilling you will want to stay a couple of feet away from any and all plants that you want preserved. The tiller will chop the roots up and damage the plant. Remember, plants spread their roots out much wider than they appear. You can estimate that the roots will extend twice the distance of the canopy. When you are finished with your tilling, take a simple garden rake and level the land out as evenly as possible. This information is covered in the manual for all rototillers and parts; however when you search for a used rototiller for sale the previous owner may not have the manual anymore. Now you know the proper way to use a teller safely and effectively.