5 Best Tillers & Cultivators

A tiller is a universal gardening machine with a motor and a set of blades meant to cut up the dirt and make it better for planting crops or other plants. A tiller can work either on gas or electricity. Hand-pushed tillers usually cut up from 8 to 20 inches of dirt beneath them. Electric tillers are usually corded, however, as batteries improve, the cordless type is becoming more prevalent on the market. All of these kinds of tillers have their pluses and minuses, and many brands make them.

While some are just great, some are not so good. It is our job to find the 5 best tillers on the market and make them into a list, so buyers can make smarter decisions. All the following models have great reviews, do their job perfectly and have adequate prices.

Place#
Product
Editor’s Rating
Editor’s Opinion
Corded
#1
Sun Joe TJ603E 16-Inch 12-Amp Electric
9.7
/
10
Editor’s Pick
#2
Earthwise TC70001 11-Inch 8.5-Amp Corded
9.7
/
10
Light, small model for small yards
#3
Greenworks 10-Inch 40V Cordless
9.4
/
10
Best battery-powered model
#4
TrimmerPlus GC720
9.2
/
10
Best trimmer attachment
#5
Earthwise TC70025 7.5-Inch 2.5-Amp Corded
9.1
/
10
Best narrow corded tiller
Sun Joe TJ603E 16-Inch 12-Amp Electric
#1
Editor’s Pick
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

This machine has a powerful motor, which works on 12 amps and cultivates a patch of up to 16 inches in width. The cultivator cuts up the dirt 8 inches down. The machine has 6 tines made of thick leaf steel. They are angled and will cut easily, while resisting damage themselves. The motor generates up to 340 RPMs and this is plenty enough to get through the toughest soil. The motor has one unvarying speed.

The entire machine weighs only 27 pounds.

There are three positions for the wheels, so the machine can cut in 3 different depths. The handle of this device folds up when it is being stored, so it takes up much less space. The brand offers a guarantee time of two years.

Pros:

  • Very small, light and easy to move around – lets you till ground in cramped spaces
  • The motor is very powerful for an electric device
  • The thick steel tines will last a long while because of their shape and construction

Cons:

  • The exterior looks, bright, playful and almost like a toy

Earthwise TC70001 11-Inch 8.5-Amp Corded
#2
Light, small model for small yards
Editor’s Rating:
9.7
/
10

This model’s motor works on a current of 8.5 amperes and this allows it to cultivate up to 11 inches wide. It can cut dirt up to 8 inches down and is great for both tilling the earth and killing weeds.

The tines are made of reinforced steel, so they will keep cutting for a long time. There are 4 tines. The extra-light design allows the machine to be easily pushed around uneven terrain. The compact dimensions make it a good model for a small garden with many sheds and buildings around.

The ergonomic handle, combined with the small weight, makes this model easy to push around and you will not get tired. The model weighs 27 pounds, and  that is not much for a tiller.

Pros:

  • Fairly low-noise operation for a powerful tool like this one.
  • Very narrow, so it is easy to move it between buildings or near walls
  • Very light, and the handles are ergonomically shaped – a pleasure to work with it

Cons:

  • The safety switch is designed in such a way, that you have to release your grip at one point. This might be dangerous

Greenworks 10-Inch 40V Cordless
#3
Best battery-powered model
Editor’s Rating:
9.4
/
10

This one is unusual for being a cordless model, and as such it has to carry a very big battery. The machine weighs 39 pounds with the battery inserted. It can go through a patch 10 inches wide and cut up to 5 inches into the ground. The device is shipped without the battery and charger – the brand sells them separately. The tines rotate forward, and this allows easier movement of dirt and better loosening.

The width of the tiller can be adjusted from 10 inches down to 8.25 inches. The narrower the patch, the faster the tiller spins. The height of the wheels is also adjustable – this allows you to set a different tilling depth.

The steel blades are the sturdiest part of the machine, and they will be sharp for a long time. The device runs for up to 40 minutes on one charge.

The machine is packed with a 4-year warranty.

Pros:

  • Battery life is very good – 40 minutes for a motor of this power is very long
  • Made from strong materials and mostly sturdy, except for the wheels
  • Pretty light, even with the battery installed

Cons:

  • Flimsy wheels make the whole device feel weaker

TrimmerPlus GC720
#4
Best trimmer attachment
Editor’s Rating:
9.2
/
10

This model is an attachment that you can connect to a trimmer. Any trimmer will work – it just must be powerful enough to effectively tear up the dirt. The attachment has 4 tines with 8 blades each, bent in a special way to make a better job at tearing up the ground. The blades can be moved, and the maximum width of cutting is 9 inches. This width is great for destroying weeds between rows.

The tines are built in a special way – they do not throw dirt back at the user. The attachment fits all trimmers from popular brands, and works well both with petrol and electric models. The inner coupler has a diameter of 1.65 inches and is equipped with a square shaped female connector.

The manufacturer provides a two-year warranty with this attachment.

Pros:

  • The width is just great for cutting up weeds between rows, and it can be adjusted
  • The device can connect to any kind of trimmer with this particular coupler
  • Pretty inexpensive for a good tiller

Cons:

  • Does not cover much ground in one pass, so you cannot possibly do a big garden with this

Earthwise TC70025 7.5-Inch 2.5-Amp Corded
#5
Best narrow corded tiller
Editor’s Rating:
9.1
/
10

This model has a 2.5 Amp motor, than tills patches up to 7.5 inches wide. The depth gets up to 6 inches. The narrowness of this model allows you to use it as a very good weed killer. This model is good for working on small gardens or flower beds. The machine has a very good grip with soft handles and an ergonomic shape.

The entire machine weighs only 11 pounds, setting a record in weight among tillers. However it is not possible to till large gardens with it, because it is made for small land plots. The engine goes at 280 rpms, so the soil it goes over is cut up thoroughly. It also is able to cut into clay or rocky soil without a problem, so it is not to be underestimated.

The tiller comes shipped with a warranty for two years.

Pros:

  • The narrowness here is a good thing – it allows you to rip up the weeds between rows in a garden
  • Very light – only 11 pounds, so it is not a problem to push it around, even if you have back problems
  • The engine is fairly strong, and does not have a problem with tough soil.

Cons:

  • Sometimes the rotors will stop, if they hit especially thick roots. However, this does not happen very often