Small electric tiller

rdmusc(8)July 1, 2012

Looking to purchase. I probably have 60 square feet I am working with and not a lot of money. Been looking at the small corded electrics from the box stores. What is the experience with these? I can't do $300 to $500 for the gas powered ones and not sure that these wouldn't be overkill.


Richard Muscarello

Baton Rouge, LA 70809

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Hi Richard,

With only 60 square feet, you probably don't need an electric powered tool. There are several hand tools that can do a better, deeper job than the electric tools, and you don't have to fuss with an electric cord. The Yard Butler TNT-4 Garden Twist and Till lets you put your foot in it to push the tines into the soil. The Garden Weasel Garden Claw doesn't have a step-through, but has similar capability. Incidentally, I saw a garden claw at Lowe's Home Store with the step-through feature, but don't recall the brand of it.

A good spading fork can do a good job of working the soil, and you can go much deeper with a spading fork than you can with any tiller, electric or gas. And you can work in closer quarters with a spading fork. Good hand tools can be very cost effective and just plain effective.

(not associated with any product or vendor mentioned or linked)

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 5:42PM
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60 Sq. Ft., Two Mules And A Middle Buster If your health will allow The Mules To Exercise. LOL!

The Grand and Granny are gardening above ground that IâÂÂll have to build a cart for to allow moving and grass cutting. Good Luck!

    Bookmark   July 1, 2012 at 10:51PM
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txtom50(8a texas)

I'm with the other folks about a tiller not being necessary for a 60 sq ft plot. Don't know how soon you want to start gardening (this fall or next spring) but if you could heap up a bunch of grass clippings and chopped up leaves on your garden area, leave it in place for several months, it would make soil prep a lot easier. It should kill out most of the grass that's in place also.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2012 at 5:36AM
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