What does a tiller do – A simple guide to help your crops thrive!

What does a tiller doDoes your soil look dry and clumpy? Does your crops not thrive in your current state of soil? This is most likely because your soil is hard and compact. To fix this issue you will need a tiller. You might be wondering what does a tiller do? A tiller helps to make your soil soft and loose. It also makes a perfect condition for seeding and growing crops. This machinery is very useful for agriculture, farming and gardening.  Start removing weeds  more quicker and efficiently with the help of a garden tiller.

Understanding the difference between a tiller and a cultivatorWhich one should you buy!

What is the difference between a tiller and a cultivatorNow there are different types of garden tillers and before purchasing one you will need to know which type of garden tiller is the most suitable for you. You may also be wondering what does a garden tiller do and the simple answer is it loosens your soil and creates a perfect condition for your crops to thrive in. There are two mane types of tillers ; a fronttine tiller and a rear-tine tiller. There is a significant difference between them.

Front-tine tillers are more suitable for people who have a small to medium sized garden or allotment because the wheels on these machine are behind the tines of these front line tillers so this allows the person to operate the tool more easily. Also an added bonus is the front-tine tillers tend to be smaller than the rear-tine tillers. Front-tine tillers are more suitable for firm soil that is not completely rock hard solid.

Now if you have a larger area covered in rock hard soil then a rear-tine tiller is a better option for you.  Although these are more bulkier machines and more tough to manoeuvre, they are perfect for solid soil that needs loosening. You can use a rear-tine tiller on any size land.

One common question normally asked is, what is the difference between a tiller and a cultivator. There is also a big difference between a garden tiller and a garden cultivator. Garden cultivators aren’t used to break up tough soil, breaking tough soil is for garden tillers. Garden cultivators are used to stir in fertilisers and compost into soil that is already loose.

The benefits of tilling or running a garden cultivator over your soil before planting and seeding is that you are removing weeds and creating more space for crops and more valuable nutrients for your plants to absorb.

The correct way of starting a mantis tiller.

It is vital to know how to start a mantis tiller correctly. Carry on reading the following information so you are fully aware on the procedure of starting a mantis tiller. Also you need to be aware on how to start the engine of a mantis tiller.

To start a mantis tiller you will need:

  • To pour the pre-measured mantis oil into one gallon of gasoline. Don’t forget to mix well!
  • 2)Remove the fuel cell cap and cautiously add the fuel mixture to the tank. Don’t fill it up right to the top, leave a fifth empty.
  • Always drain the fuel when transporting from one location to another.
  • Put the cap back on.

To start the engine you need to:  

  • Make sure the start and stop switch (located on the throttle handle) is on start. This is indicated by the eye symbol.
  • Close the choke by pulling the choke button out.
  • After that press the primer bulb approximately six times until the bulb is filled with gas.
  • Once filled press two more times.
  • Then without holding the throttle grab the pull start and pull the cord out and allow the cord to retract.
  • Once you reach full pressure, give one short brisk pull.  The engine should start after this.
  • Once it is running push the button back in. This opens the choke. The engine should make a reasonable sound that is not too loud after that.
  • Allow the engine to run for a minute so it can warm up. Before shutting the engine down allow the engine to run a minute so it can cool down.
  • To stop the engine you simply need to push the start/stop switch to stop position.

To start a warm engine follow the same procedure but this time you can leave the choke button in and there is no need to pump the primer bulb.

You also need to be aware of how to adjust tiller depth. This is quite straightforward to do.  Ideally  you should adjust the depth bar so it is backwards and easy for you to handle. Raise the depth bar when you want to dig deep into the soil. However in shallow areas lower the depth bar. During the initial tilling of hard, stubborn soil, it is vital that you set the depth bar at the lowest position.


From this you should have learnt how to start a mantis tiller and the difference between a tiller and cultivator and you should have a clear understanding of the importance of having loose soil. Furthermore you shouldn’t be wondering anymore on the purpose of a tiller. Just a quick recap on the topic of what does a tiller do. A tiller is a very useful machinery for people who are gardeners, farmers or interested in growing plants. A tiller helps to break down the soil and a cultivator helps to mix in fertilizers in the soil and maximise the amount of nutrients the plants receive.

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