Tillers are power tools that need to be treated with respect, even a large pull behind teller. Everyone will agree that it is important to be very careful when operating certain pieces of gas-powered machinery such as a chainsaw or hedge trimmers. The problem is that many people do not feel that it is necessary to lump the tiller in those very dangerous tools. The fact is that even a tow behind teller can cause you or by bystanders serious injury or even death. In this article we are going to cover a lot of the most important safety tips when operating a small hand-held tiller or even a pull behind teller in your garden.
Every time you buy any type of tool you should read the manual cover to cover. If you look for one that was put up for sale in the paper or online you may not receive a manual. If this happens you can go online and retrieve the manual from the manufacturer or dealer site. A tiller is no exception to this rule. You should familiarize yourself with all of the features, controls and buttons on the machine so that you know the wonderful things that it can do and also the parts that you can be harmed by. Prior to every use you need to inspect your wanter for excess wear and tear or damage. This should be done long before you even turn it on because depending on what is wrong with the machine it may be too late once it is started.
Leave all of the guards on your tiller to ensure safe operation. Designers create these guards to prevent you from being injured by flying dirt, debris or rocks. Along the same lines of safety from flying debris, you should always wear the right clothing while operating your tiller. At a minimum you should wear goggles, gloves and long clothing.
Never alter your machine in any way. The manufacturer has a reason for putting things together the way they do and any manipulation can cause damage to the machine or the operator. There are a number of websites that claim to be able to tell you how to build a pull behind killer, which is a bad idea. If you want this type of machine then that is the type that you need to buy. Trying to save money by purchasing a different kind and trying to alter it to become a pull behind one is dangerous and irresponsible.
Gardening is a wonderful hobby that can be relaxing and enjoyable, provided it is done in a safe manner. We like to use tools such as pull behind tillers to save us time and effort and make the activity more fun. This all goes away if you get hurt, so learn the right ways to operate your tiller and you will never run into problems.