Best Cultivators Reviewed & Rated for Quality
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The capacity is a crucial factor to consider when choosing a good tiller. It dictates the power rating of the engine or the motor, hence its ability to till or cultivate. If the power is too low, the tiller is severely limited, and the tines will easily stop when tangled with the weeds.
In our reviews, the first factor we considered was how strong or powerful the engine or motor of the tiller is. We understand that different people have different needs, but we also understand that there should be a minimum capacity, and that is what we considered.
Ease of Use
Using your new tiller should not be a pain. We took into consideration a few aspects with regard to ease of use. These included how easy it was to get the tiller assembled and set up, the ease of moving it around, comfort, and location of the different controls.
By considering these aspects, we were able to choose products that were relatively easy to use. Even though the degree of use varies from product to product, most of them are relatively easy to use and highly effective in both tilling and cultivating.
We looked at the different features that each product had to offer. These ranged from essential features like the rating of the engine to convenience features like the positioning of the control button and even the design of the handles.
By considering these features, we were able to identify the tillers and tillers that were best tailored for comfortable and effective use.
A good tiller is built from quality materials and should be durable with minimal maintenance. Some tillers and tillers have parts made out of plastic, but the most important parts, like the tines, the engine, and its components, should be made from high quality and safe materials.
A durable tiller is not only easier to maintain, but it will also offer you service for a longer time giving you value for your money.
It is important to consider the materials used to make the tiller of your choice. Ideally, the materials used form the basis of quality. If possible, you should avoid tillers that have plastic parts since they break easily.
Instead, focus on high quality materials like steel, quality air filters, and high grade rubber tires. However, you should know that having only premium materials on the tiller increases the weight of the tiller and demands a higher price tag.
10 Best Cultivators
1. Earthquake 12802 MC440
Despite its small stature, the Earthquake 12802 is armed with an incredibly powerful engine for aggressive tilling and cultivating. The tiller is fitted with unique air-filtering technology and better maneuverability for better experience and results. It is a great tool for the modern farmer that wants to spend less time working on their garden without compromising the results. The strong engine ensures that tines don’t tangle easily when weeding and you can till deeper with ease. This mini-tiller is the perfect addition for gardeners with a small to medium size garden.
Superior Air Filter System
The MC440 has a 40cc engine and a superior air filter system that keeps the dirt out of the engine while supplying clean air for optimum performance. The engine has variable speeds for different applications.
The tines of the MC440 can be reversed to the alternate rotation from cultivating to aggressive digging. It allows the MC440 to handle both duties equally well.
Cost and Value
The cost of the Earthquake MC440 is reasonable in comparison to other gas-powered tillers. It has substantial power output and the quality is excellent. It is worth every penny you pay.
2. Mantis 7940
The Mantis 4-Cycle is a handy, powerful, and highly adjustable option. It’s built for deep and shallow tilling, and its curvy tines, which turn at speeds of up to 240 rpm, make easy and quick work of tilling. Armed with a variety of features, this little but reliable tiller offers everything you need to take your gardening to the next level and make it easier. For gardeners that are looking for more of a tiller than a tiller, this is a great choice. Even though it has tiller features, it is strong enough to till through loose soil with its powerful engine and incredibly fast turning tines. Having a 4-cycle engine means you don’t have to worry about mixing the fuel because it uses gas.
The Mantis Cultivator is fitted with a durable, Honda 25CC engine capable of spinning the tines twice as fast. It has a finger controlled throttle to give you total control of power and speed while making operation a breeze.
The tines are perhaps the most innovative feature this tiller has to offer. Even though the width of the tines is not adjustable, the depth is. They can till as far as 10” deep and they can also shallow cultivate up to 2 to 3 inches deep depending on your preference.
Cost and Value
The Mantis 4-Cycle does not come cheap. That is because of the heavy-duty industrial Honda engine that keeps running tirelessly and the unique and innovative tines. Even though the price is somewhat steep, you get value for your money because the tiller is reliable and powerful and the engine does not stop easily. You could also make even more out of it by buying the optional attachments.
3. Honda FG110 4-Cycle
If durability and power are your main concerns when looking for a tiller, gas-powered options are usually the best. The Honda FG110 fits the bill for durability and power perfectly. It is gas-powered with a powerful 25cc 4-stroke engine to maximize power output. The tiller is well built with high-quality components and tines for an overall impressive experience. For gardeners in areas where the soil is a little compacted, this is a formidable tool to bring to the fold. It is powerful, durable and capable of handling tilling and cultivating duties equally well. The features and materials used in the making of the tiller are high quality and you should expect nothing less from this one of a kind machine.
When it comes to tilling, you need brute power and the Honda FG110 offers that through its powerful 25cc, 4-stroke engine. It is the epitome of brute force and the perfect tool to have, especially when dealing with hard crusts or tilling your garden for the first time.
The forward rotating tines have a hybrid design to improve on the soil turning effect and improved tilling and cultivating action. The tines are metallic and incredibly strong. The design and strength will easily work through crusts and improve the condition of your garden.
Cost and Value
Because of the power and diversity, gas-powered tillers and tillers usually have a higher price tag. The Honda FG110 is no different. Even with the price tag, you get value in quality, durability, and efficiency of the tiller.
4. BLACK+DECKER LGC120
The greatest challenge with operating electric-powered tillers is the limitation of the length of the cord. The LGC120 by BLACK+DECKER solves this with their cordless option, which is powered by a 20V lithium-ion battery. Theis one is able to handle up to 325 sq. ft. of ground on a single charge which is quite impressive.
Electric options come with two challenges. If it has a cord, the length of the cord limits the reach of the tool. If is battery powered, then the longevity of the battery can be a limiting factor. The BLACK+DECKER LGC120 solves this by having an incredibly powerful battery that will easily go over most backyard garden with ease and plenty of power to spare. This makes the battery the most commendable feature on the LGC120. In most cases, having a battery-powered one could have limitation. But the lithium-ion battery fitted on this particular one makes easy work of large chunks of land without breaking a sweat, which is very convenient.
Unlike the different options we have already looked at, the tines on the BLACK+DECKER LGC120 function differently. They are horizontally placed with a counter-oscillation motion. It reduces the chances of missing spots on your garden while keeping the machine small, lightweight, and functional.
Cost and Value
This one offers a lot of convenience for its price. Even though replacing the battery is somewhat costly, it takes time before you need to replace it, and it is more affordable compared to buying gas. You also don’t have to deal with the annoying cords that come with other electric-powered options.
5. Earthquake MC43
This is a handy and versatile tiller that will not only till, but, is also handy in weeding and mixing the soil. It is fitted with an extremely powerful engine and even comes with a five-year warranty to put any worries you might have to rest. With an impressive collection of features like the overhand controls, it provides better and more accurate performance while tilling and also weeding.
Its range features which include the engine make this the perfect tool to have for all-round use in the garden. The buttons and controls are conveniently placed to guarantee easy reach and use of the tiller. It is ideal for gardeners that want more than just a tiller and require a tiller with a little more kick to it and can do some tilling.
Powerful Engine & Tilling Depth
The MC43 is fitted with a 43CC Viper engine, which is the most powerful in its class with a 1.7HP rating. With the additional power, tilling and mixing the soil is a breeze, and you don’t have to worry about spending too much time going over the same patches again. Like most cultivators, this particular one has an 8-inch tilling depth. The tilling width is variable from a minimum of 6” to a maximum of 10”. This is essential depending on the size of your garden and also on the distance between your plants. It makes weeding much easier.
Cost and Value
You might have to dig a little deep into your pockets to land this beauty, but it’s definitely worth it. It comes with plenty of power, features, and unlimited range. It will not only till but also mix and weed, which means you get to use it quite frequently, giving you value for your money.
6. Earthwise TC70001
Earthwise is a company that has built a reputation over the years by designing and building products that are environmentally friendly without sacrificing performance. If you prefer not to use gas on your tiller and would rather use the cleaner electric-powered but equally capable options, this is the perfect fit for you. The TC70001 might be small, but it packs quite the punch and easily handles a substantial amount of soil.
8.5 Amp Motor
The four mean-looking steel blades are powered by an 8.5 amp motor and can easily go through the most compact soil. The electric-powered motor allows for precise tilling and a constant supply of power to the blades.
Whether you have a small garden or a larger one that you would like to quickly get tilled, the adjustable steel tines have your back. You can easily extend them from seven to eleven inches and they have an 8” cutting depth allowing you to reach farther and deeper for better soil turning.
Cost and Value
Compared to other options in its class, the Earthwise TC70001 is quite affordable. It is economical to run since you don’t have to worry about gas, and with its neat and effective features, it is a must have for you and your garden.
7. Earthwise TC70025
The TC70025 is a great fit for buyers with a small garden who are looking for a ferocious but budget-friendly tiller that will tend to all their gardening needs. This small but very capable tiller has a 2.5 amp electric powered motor, it is superbly easy to operate and because of its petite size and it is easy to store. Electric cultivators are always a great benefit to any gardener. They are kind to the environment and the motor is easier to maintain. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about the cost of gas. The Earthwise TC70025 is fitted with a 2.5 amp motor. It might be small, but for its application, it is more than capable.
Do not be fooled by the petite size and the 2.5 amp motor on it. This tiller is strong enough to cater to all your gardening needs. what’s more, you don’t have to worry about the regular maintenance that comes with gas engines or pollution.
Even when gardening, comfort is paramount. That makes the handle of this tiller one of the stand out features. It is both functional and comfortable. It’s fitted with a trigger at the side that allows you to fire up the tiller and shut it down with ease and convenience.
Cost and Value
Earthwise has built a reputation by building electric options that are budget-friendly. The TC70025 is quite affordable and is armed with plenty of features for its use. It offers a great balance between price and functionality.
8. Troy-Bilt TB154E
Troy-Bilt has a variety of gas-powered tillers in their lineup. However, in a market that is so competitive, going for a greener option with less maintenance seems like a great move. This 6-amp electric-powered motor has four 3-way tines and can go up to 5” deep. It is light with an ergonomic design that is easy to use. Electric tillers are favored because of how environmentally friendly they are. This particular one also scores some points for being very user friendly especially because of its ergonomic design and lightweight frame. It’s highly recommended first users because of it’s easier to maintain and for elderly users because of its light frame.
Four Rotating Tines
The tiller has four advanced 3-way forward-rotating tines designed to dig, tear, and turn the soil. With the innovative design, tilling and cultivating is much easier.
Powerful Electric Motor
The 6.5 amp electric motor provides enough power to cut through weeds and turn the soil. The tiller is corded so you always have power at all times.
Cost and Value
The Troy-Bilt is more costly compared to other electric-powered options that we have reviewed. However, with its design, ease of use, and motor, you get value for your money and a reliable and aggressive tiller.
9. Greenworks 10-Inch 40V
Even though for its size the Greenworks tiller is shorthanded in terms of the tilling area, it is still a decent addition to your garden. It gets the area easily tilled so you don’t need to worry about going over it multiple times. It is a great option to consider, especially if you love the convenience of electric-powered tillers without the downside of having to deal with the cord.
The high-performance battery offers consistent performance without the power fading or losing memory after charging. It’s a great plus since you don’t have to worry about poorly tilled areas as the battery is dying out.
The tiller has adjustable tines. Even though they are not very flexible (with a minimum of 8.25” and a maximum of 10”), they are perfect when working with small and medium gardens.
Cost and Value
This Greenworks tiller does not have the kick and power that gas models have. But for the benefits and features you get, the price is reasonable. It has some plastic parts, but in general, you get a great product able to take a decent amount of abuse at a good price.
10. Sun Joe TJ601E
For proud owners of small to medium gardens, this is the best tool to add to your arsenal. It is powered by a 9-amp motor and capable of cultivating up to 18” wide. It is fitted with six tilling blades and it is electric powered. You don’t have to worry about gas or maintenance, and it comes with a 2-year warranty. It is a neat, easy to maintain tiller ideal for both first-time and experienced users, the six tines allow you to cover a wider area more comprehensively with a cheaper running cost compared to gas tillers.
The most interesting part about the Sun Joe Tiller is the 9-amp motor. It is not only sufficiently powerful, but it is also maintenance free. You don’t have to worry about the cost of maintenance or time. Just smooth, reliable performance all the time.
Numerous Tilling Blades
The cultivator is fitted with 6 tilling blades. It’s a unique feature that minimizes on the distance between the blades and maximizes on tilling. This way, you don’t have to keep going over the same patches again for thorough tilling.
Cost and Value
Compared to other electric-powered tillers on this review, the Sun Joe tiller is on the higher end. However, the extra bucks can mean quite the savings, in the long run, considering that you don’t have to worry about maintenance or the costs that come with tuning. It might have a higher price tag initially, but in the long run, it could save you a fortune.