These days most folks decide to have a small garden for various reasons.
One of them is to help the ecosystem by going green. This is a welcome development; however, using manual tools for gardening could be really stressful.
With the advent of technology, there are a dozen ways to help you go green without getting stressed up with farming.
One of such is the use of mechanized farming/gardening equipment.
What are mechanized farming equipments?
Mechanized farming equipments are advanced equipments used in farming which are used to reduce the workload of human activities.
Wikipedia sites mechanized agriculture (the use of mechanized farming equipments in agriculture) as “the process of using agricultural machinery to mechanize the work of agriculture, greatly increasing farm worker productivity.
In modern times, powered machinery has replaced many jobs formerly carried out by manual labor or by working animals such as oxen, horses and mules.”
One example of mechanized equipments used in mechanized agriculture is tillers.
What are tillers?
Tillers are simply put mechanized farming tools (machines) used to prepare soil for planting.
They are used by farmers as well as gardeners to disintegrate, and break up the hardened surface dirt and incorporate organic materials into the freshly turned soil.
The first tiller models used human or animal power, but modern manufacturers use gas-powered engines to turn the blades or tines. Tillers are also known as soil cultivators.
Do you need a tiller?
If you plan on having your garden or farm soil ready for planting, then you do need to have it tilled to disintegrate the hard layer of the soil, as well as introduce organic matters into the freshly turned soil.
While you could get this done manually, a tiller’s task is to get it done without much, if any hard work from your side.
The process of manually using your spade to get the work done could be really stressful, and tell on your health.
However, switching your spade for a tiller is a great idea, as it not only fastens the process of turning, and preparing the soil or cutting new beds, it also significantly helps you save energy, and keep your health in check.
So, YES! You do need a tiller for your garden.
There are various types of tillers, from the compact – mini tillers to the large garden tillers.
These types of tillers are further classified into such classes as the Rear tine tillers, pull behind tiller, electric tillers and the rest.
This article is however going to cover the rear tine tiller.
Rear tine tiller reviews
This is a review of a few of the best rear tine tillers available for purchase.
let’s clear the air on what a rear tine tiller is, and the difference between them and other tillers.
So, what is a rear tine tiller?
A rear tine tiller is a garden or yard tiller which has its blades at the back of the machine.
The rear tine tillers are different from the front tine tillers also just known as garden tillers, which are the more standard tillers.
The major difference between the front and rear tillers are the location of the blades.
While the front tine tillers have the blades in front of the machine and engine, the rear tine tillers have theirs at back of the machine, which makes them dig deeper, as the tines are pulled by the engine.
Southland SRTT196E Rear Tine Tiller With 196cc Engine
SRTT196E rear tine tiller is touted as a deep-digging tiller. Asides that, this machine is pretty compact compared to other ‘heavy-duty’ rear tine tillers, making it a good fit if you have gardens with curves, and corners.
The Southland SRTT196E has a 4-stroke, OHV engine which has a good torque and counter-rotating tines that can cut through hardened soil quickly and very effectively.
We’ll be going into that briefly. The reverse/forward gear transmission on the Southland tiller makes it easily maneuvered unlike other rear-tine tillers, thus the tilling process is sped up with this machine.
Being an overhead valve engine, this machine is pretty energy-efficient, a lot quieter, and generally more durable than non-OHV engines.
Interestingly, it’s also a 4-stroke, which increases its efficiency compared to two cycle machines.
With regards to power, the machine has an impressive 9.6 lb/ft torque, which is good to till the most compact of soils, and even areas which have never been tilled before.
The Southland SRTT196E has counter-rotating tines with widths of 11-inch. The width is pretty good if you have gardens with smaller spaces.
The counter-rotating motion combines with the initial power of the machine to increase the rate at which the soil is turned, making the machine aerate the soil more effectively, not minding the composition of the soil .i.e. whether it’s hard or rocky.
With the depth of the Southland SRTT196E reaching 10 inches, it’s significantly better than most tillers within its range which are only able to dig up 6 inches.
The Southland machines are balanced on heavy duty, quality and solid tires which measure 13 inches.
The tires would keep the machine stable on all ground types, even over rough and uneven grounds, you are sure your tires won’t be deflating.
-Forward and reverse action gears: Unlike most rear tine tillers which have issues with maneuverability, the Southland SRTT196E machine comes with a forward/reverse gear transmissions which has that covered.
Thanks to the reverse/forward gear, the Southland SRTT196E is able to move both forward and backwards, so you can easily, and quickly till the ground, as well as get into major corners better.
-Deep digger: Thanks to its 10 inches of till depth, the Southland SRTT196E isn’t your average tiller, as it digs a lot deeper than most of the other tillers.
Its digging prowess is a great advantage if you plan on using it on grounds with a lot of clay or very rocky areas.
It also lets you prepare good beds for crops and plants that utilize a lot of spacing to enable their roots grow down.
–Fits smaller gardens just fine: Unlike most heavy-duty tillers which have very wide tilling widths and thus aren’t able to get into smaller spaces like corners very well, the Southland SRTT196E has just about 11 inches, which is a reasonably-narrow width. Thus, you can cover most areas of your garden even tight corners.
-Has smaller width: While this is an advantage – kind of, it’s also considered a disadvantage.
Due to the smaller width when compared with other rear tine tillers, you will need some extra passes to prepare your terrain compared with wider machines.
The Southland SRTT196E Rear Tine Tiller is a great tiller, with such advantages like its easy maneuverability, efficiency, and its deep digging capabilities.
This tiller is a great tiller for very hard ground both in large gardens as well as smaller gardens.
Its fuel efficiency is also a huge plus, also pairing with a powerful torque.
This machine is ideal for those who are interested in an ‘all-in-one’ heavy duty tiller which can get the job done in any terrain without batting an eyelid.
BCS GX240 Honda Rear Tine Tiller
The BCS Tiller GX240 is one powerful rear tine tiller which has a pretty far-reaching width, highly revered Honda engine, and a very effective gear control system.
The BCS GX240 is one tiller with a very broad tilling width, probably the broadest of rear engine tillers.
The tilling width is about 20 inches so you get a feeling of just how broad it s. With its broad tilling width, the BCS GX240 is a very ideal tiller if you are looking to cultivate a large garden or yard.
The BCS GX240 tiller is powered by a highly revered Honda engine; combined with an effective gearbox which is built to last you for years.
This machine is a professional quality machine, and is very ideal tiller for gardeners with very large portions of land or landscaping businesses.
With a notable name in the automobile and machinery industry behind the engine of the BCS GX240 tiller, you can be certain the engine is not only reliable but also very durable.
The machine’s engine is also a 4-stroke engine just like its Southland counterpart above, which makes it far more fuel efficient and less noisy than most other tillers.
The tiller has a high capacity 7.9HP capable of going hard on any kind of soil. It’s especially a good machine if you have a large project involving breaking down rocky soils and soil which has never been tilled or broken before.
The BCS machine has tines which equates with same level of impressiveness as the engine. Their widths stretches to about 20-inch while their depth capacity reaches 8-inches making you rarely skip a spot while the work retains its speed and effectiveness.
These measurements put the BCS GX240 tiller among the widest and deepest rear tillers on the market.
The ring-and-pinion design on the gearbox makes it harness all the torque it can from the machine, thus resulting in a very efficient tiller.
-Forward and reverse action gears: Unlike most rear tine tillers which have issues with maneuverability, the BCS GX240 prides itself of coming with a forward/reverse gear transmission box which has that covered.
Just like the Southland SRTT196E, the BCS machine is able to move both forward and backwards, so you can easily, and quickly till the ground, as well as get into major corners better.
It can as well find its way round uneven, rocky and hilly areas without much fuss.
-It’s Powerful: The BCS is absolutely one of the most powerful devices available. With its 7.9 HP paired with a lot of torque, this machines’ tines are well prepared for the most tedious of the tilling task assigned it.
The tines would do just fine in any kind of grounds from soft grounds, to heavy, rock filled soils.
-Versatility: The BCS is a very versatile machine, so you can use it for just about any type of tilling job.
-Tough Machine For tough jobs: The BCS machine are not just powerful, asides the machines’ strength, the rear tine is designed in such a way it’s best suited for any kind of tough or hard soil.
With the wheels of the machine are situated at the front, and the tines are placed at the back of the machine, the tines are able to turn more heavy/hard ground/soil more effectively.
-Expensive: Well, if you are looking for a budget friendly tiller, then this isn’t your ideal tiller.
The BCS tiller was actually designed for professional landscapers and individuals looking for a professional tiller which can get the job done.
It’s pricing is not in league with other rear tine tillers of comparable parameters. However, the pricing is justified by the tilling width and the powerful and reliable engine. So, generally, it’s a pretty good investment.
The powerful Honda made engine of the BCS Tiller paired with the exceptionally strong tines make this machine a really ideal equipment for tilling any “tough to till” soil.
It’s a great machine best suited for professional landscapers and individuals with very large lands or those who just require the professional touch of a rear tiller on their garden or yard.
It however is pretty expensive, so if you would be considering going for this, you’d consider our budget. If however you can afford it, it’s probably the best machine you would ever buy for your yard.
The two rear tine tillers reviewed herein are definitely one of the best obtainable in the market these days.
They are also of the best quality material and are suited for any and/or every kind of soil structure.
With their 4-stroke engine, you can be assured of a very energy efficient machine which is also noiseless and won’t require you wearing ear plugs.
The Southland machine is best suited for individuals with a small garden, while the BCS machine is ideal for individuals with larger land areas.