Finding the best electric cultivator and/or tiller for your needs and sensibilities is not an easy task these days. While most of these machines look similar to each other, there are a lot of features that you need to pay attention to if you want to get value for your money. As an example, the number of blades and their rotational speed can vary widely from model to model. In order to make your life a bit easier, we’ve compiled a list of the three best cultivators you can find on the market today. We’ll start with…
While this product may seem a bit on the small side at first glance, rest assured that its 1050W motor is more than capable of coping with any grass, weeds and clay it encounters. This machine is equipped with four durable blades that can turn over soil of up to 220 millimetres. Even the occasional rocks are not a problem, as the blade speed can go up to an impressive 380rpm.
Additionally, it’s fairly obvious that this electric tiller/cultivator has mostly been designed with mobility in mind. Due to its slight stature and a cutting width of 320 millimetres, even the greater surface areas won’t take too much time to cover. Another important thing to note here is that the machine’s power cord is exactly ten metres long; no longer will you have to pay attention about staying too close to the power source while you’re tilling your garden.
However, the best thing about this product is that it handles like a dream. While the safety start requires two hands – one to hold the lever and the other to push the button – the rest of the operation can be completed by using only a single hand, thanks to the tiller’s ergonomic handle. From our experience, the best way to use this machine is to start it up in an area that has already been tiled and then slowly dig your way to where you need to go.
When you add in the facts that the machine takes only a couple of minutes to assemble and that it has a built-in protection system that stops the motor before the pressure becomes too immense, you’ll probably arrive at the same conclusion as we did. If you need to go over a large area in a short time, the Vonhaus Electronic 1050W is an excellent choice.
Equipped with four tilling blades on each of its six steel tines, this Rotavator will make short work of any soil that ends up under it. When you combine those high-performance features with a powerful 1400W & 230v motor, it becomes obvious that this machine is made for heavy duty tasks. If you require a garden tiller with impressive digging capabilities, this model should be on top of your wishlist.
Of course, as expected from a tiller this robust, you can count on an impressive working width and depth. This particular model sports a max cutting width of 400 millimetres and a max tiling depth of 220 millimetres. Keep in mind, however, that it does not have different speed settings; the first time you turn it on, you might be surprised at how it seems to run away from you. As with most of the powerful tillers, it’s best to turn it backwards in order to have complete control over it.
If you want to keep your Rotavator in good shape, it is recommended to use it for thirty minutes at a time at most. This should be enough precaution to protect the machine’s motor and gearbox. Strangely enough, the power cable is only three metres long, which seems like a disadvantage that could have been easily avoided. Then again, this is not exactly a dealbreaker for most of us.
To sum up, this product does pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. The blades’ superior speed might take some time to get used to, but it’s hard to find a better tool for digging up those stubborn mounds and weeds in your garden. Easy to maintain, lift and fold, this Rotavator should help you keep your garden healthy and flourishing.
Finally, we have the Powerplus as a sort of middle-of-the-road option. With a moderately powerful 1200W motor and six knife tines, this compact cultivator can certainly hold its own – even in a market as saturated as this one. The machine can dig up to 200 millimetres and has a cutting width of 400 millimetres, which is well above average when it comes to cultivators of this size.
Design-wise, the Powerplus is a complete hit. With its innovative handlebar grip and a quirky-looking pigtail cable, this machine looks and feels sort of like a futuristic device. Its wheels are also very well positioned and help provide more control over the tines, which is a welcome addition. However, this superb design also sports a minor inconvenience; the power cable dangles dangerously close to the handlebars, so you have to be careful not to cut it up. It would have probably been a bit more noticeable if it were painted in a brighter colour.
The machine works best on dry and bare soil, but it deals just fine with the heavier types of soil as well. Much like the other cultivators of its size, it is not meant for cutting thick clumpy grass and other hard-to-remove debris; in other words, it’s not a do-it-all tool like some of the more powerful cultivators. Still, as long as you know what you’re looking for, the Powerplus can save you from many hours of arduous labouring.
This little guy is quite easy to put together, and it shouldn’t take you more than ten minutes to assemble it. It’s also far from a bother to manage, as it can run for a couple of hours without having to stop for some old-fashioned manual cleaning. Much like the other two products described above, this machine provides a lot of utility at a very affordable price. Absolutely recommended!