It’s almost planting season! Do you have enough garden space for everything you want to plant this year? Are you ready to attack the soil with your fork and spade again or would you appreciate a bit of help this year? Is the Yardmax YT4565 the best heavy duty rototiller or not?
Maybe you want more flower beds to add colour around the yard. Or you’ve outgrown your vegetable patch. The thing is – even if you rotate the plantings in your garden, you may find space a bit tight.
If your only solution is to cultivate new ground, you’ll need the right tool for the job. Because you could spend hours – or days – breaking through the sod with a shovel and turning it with a pitchfork. Sounds like back-breaking work, doesn’t it?
Or you can use a heavy-duty tiller and finish the job in no time flat. The best thing about rototillers is the speed at which you can ready large planting areas.
- 1 Should you rent or buy a rototiller?
- 2 What type of tiller do you need?
- 3 Best heavy duty rototiller
- 4 The Yardmax YT4565 208cc Rototiller
- 5 Final Verdict
- 6 Equipment:
- 7 YARDMAX YT4565 Dual Rotating Rear Tine Tiller, 208Cc, Briggs & Stratton
- 8 JORESTECH Eyewear Protective Safety Glasses, Polycarbonate Impact Resistant Lens Pack of 12 (Clear)
- 9 Caterpillar Men's Second Shift Steel Toe Work Boot,Dark Brown,10.5 M US
- 10 Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves GUG, All-Purpose, Performance Fit, Durable, Machine Washable, Sized XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (1 Pair)
- 11 Newfacelook Mens Cargo Trousers Working Pants Cordura Knee Pockets
- 12 3M WorkTunes Connect Hearing Protector with Bluetooth Technology
Should you rent or buy a rototiller?
If you’ll only use the tiller this once, it’s more cost-effective to rent a machine – most tool rental outlets offer tillers at hourly, daily or weekly rates.
But if you have other projects lined up, you should definitely consider buying a tiller of your own.
What type of tiller do you need?
If you want to make sure you are choosing the right rototiller for you, you need to ask yourself a few questions first:
- Will you be tilling existing plots or breaking new ground? If you plan to maintain your existing flower beds, you won’t need a very powerful tiller. But if you need to make ground ready for planting vegetables every year or tilling grassy areas you will need a bigger tiller.
- How large is your space? If you want to prepare small flower beds in the spring, a small tiller will do. If you plant to use the tiller on larger plots, choose a larger, more powerful tiller which will have a wider working width.
- What kind of soil are you dealing with? You might have soft, loamy soil. That’s great – any cultivator can handle it. But if you’re not so lucky, you could be dealing with heavy clay soil or a really rocky plot. If you have harder soils you’ll want the machine to do the grunt work in which case a larger tiller is a better choice
- Do you need a versatile tiller? Most garden tillers are built to do one job extremely well. Though they can handle other tasks, if you’re looking for true versatility, your choices are limited.
Some tillers are set up to accept different implements to handle specific tasks. They’re typically front-tine models which are less powerful, but great for smaller spaces.
- How much work do you want to do? Tillers are built to handle the tough jobs, so that you can avoid most of the back-breaking labour. But they won’t do all the work for you. Most tillers still require at least a minimal effort to operate – and while they’re lighter, smaller models may need more muscle on big jobs. If you choose a small tiller for a larger job, be ready to sweat.
- What is your budget? With such a large variety of tillers, pricing can range anywhere from under $200 to nearly $5000. Look for the best bang for your buck, but avoid spending on unnecessary features.
Based on your needs and plans, there are several types of tiller available.
Stick with the smallest, least expensive electric powered cultivators for the lightest jobs. They’re available in corded or battery-powered versions.
Next up come the gas powered cultivators. They’re a good choice for slightly tougher jobs – their more powerful, front-tine design will help propel the unit forward. But they are still quite small and are more used in raised beds – flower, herb and small vegetables.
Front-tine tillers are suitable for mid-size jobs. They are more powerful than cultivators and will be suitable for use in vegetable gardens. Be advised that the front tine tillers can be more tiring to use than a rear tine tiller- it uses its front tines to pull the tiller forward (this can make it hard to hold) whereas a rear tine tiller has gearbox driven rubber tyres- smooth and easier to manage.
For handling tough jobs, like breaking new soil or rototilling deep into rocky or clay soils, you’ll need a rear-tine tiller. These big, gasoline-powered engines have gearbox driven rubber tyres which are driven separately from the tilling blades, so they’re much easier to move through rough, uneven soil. They are larger than front tine tillers but they are ten times easier to use.
Best heavy duty rototiller
The Yardmax YT4565 208cc Rototiller
Yardmax has designed an impressive rear-tine tiller at a great price point – even with features comparable to the big name machines. It’s the perfect choice for the home gardener handling heavy-duty projects.
Simple and safe to operate
It’s simple to operate this tiller single-handedly from either side of the machine. And the YT4565 protects the operator – and bystanders – with adjustable side shields and a full length rear shield.
While the adjustable drag bar fitted to the rear of the tiller optimizes its balance, the tiller’s front counterweight provides incredible tire traction.
Engine cut out
Keeping safety a priority, the tiller is built to shut down if you encounter massive rocks in the soil. This is a great safety feature and one i wouldn’t buy a tiller without.
Fully adjustable tilling
The Yardmax Y4565 features an 18” wide shelf-sharpening, rear-tine setup. There are 7 depth adjustment levels.
Smooth handling with pneumatic tyres
Unlike many rear-tine models, the aggressive tread on the 13” pneumatic wheels provides great handling in any soil type.
Forward and reverse transmission
The durable, heavy-duty transmission contributes to the self-propelled drive system and offers one speed in both forward and reverse.
Powerful efficient engine
With a Briggs and Stratton 208cc engine that provides 9.5 foot-pounds of gross torque at rotational speeds of 190 RPM, the Yardmax tiller can handle the toughest jobs of any cultivator. It has dual-rotating tines; forward rotation is ideal for cultivating, and counter-rotation lets you dig deep for thorough tilling.
The Yardmax Y4565 rottotiller offers the absolute best value for its size in the rear-tine rototiller class. It’s easy to assemble and operate and has great safety features. Check it out before starting your next project!
YARDMAX YT4565 Dual Rotating Rear Tine Tiller, 208Cc, Briggs & Stratton
- Briggs & Stratton engine delivers 9.50 ft-lbs gross torque and 190 rpm rotational speed
- 18" wide rear tine design with 7 depth adjustments and a 6.5" working depth to cover more ground quickly
- Single hand operation allows user to stand and steer from either side of the tiller
- 13" self-sharpening tines easily cultivate any soil type
- Front counterweight on 13" pneumatic wheels.
JORESTECH Eyewear Protective Safety Glasses, Polycarbonate Impact Resistant Lens Pack of 12 (Clear)
$12.29 in stock
- Potential eye hazards may exist in the workplace, at home, or during recreational activities. Metal or wood splinters when using power tools, blunt force trauma during yard work, and chemical splash when cleaning, are some of the thousands of scenarios that could cause a significant negative impact on overall, long-term eye health.
- Common uses for these glasses include but are not limited to industrial safety, dental industry, carpentry, arts and crafts, laboratory, painting, sports, boating, landscaping, construction, education, manufacturing, fishing, among others. From the garage, to the shooting range, to the lumber yard, JORESTECH Safety Glasses have you covered!
- ANSI Z87+ Certified
- UV (UVA and UVB radiation) protection
- High transparency polycarbonate high impact lenses with scratch-resistant coating and hi-flex frame for reduced used fatigue and improved hold.
Caterpillar Men's Second Shift Steel Toe Work Boot,Dark Brown,10.5 M US
$82.54 in stock
- Steel-toe work boot in rugged leather featuring plush collar and tongue with logos
- Hex-shape grommets with speed lacing at shaft
- Oil-resistant traction outsole
- Nubuck leather or pull up leather nylon mesh lining provides added breathability and comfort
- Steel shank for added support and stability
Ironclad General Utility Work Gloves GUG, All-Purpose, Performance Fit, Durable, Machine Washable, Sized XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL (1 Pair)
$13.50 in stock
2 used from $13.23
- Double stitched synthetic leather reinforcements on palm, saddle and fingers
- Rubberized knuckle impact protection
- Padded inner palm with Ironclad's patented flex pattern
- Secure wrist closure
- Machine washable
Newfacelook Mens Cargo Trousers Working Pants Cordura Knee Pockets
$29.99 in stock
- Beautiful combination of two color and available in three versatile colors Grey, Black, Khaki
- Made from durable A-Grade 280 GSM thick 100% Cotton - Wide Belt Loops, and strong Zip to fasten
- Multi- functional reinforced Fixed Pockets and Hanging Loops. It doesn't come with Knee protection Pads, Just Pockets are there to add separately
- Extended size extra holster pockets with additional pockets panel on back to put your work tools
- Ultra-strong knee support and Crotch Area. Relaxed Fit and Machine Washable
3M WorkTunes Connect Hearing Protector with Bluetooth Technology
$35.00 in stock
10 used from $29.95
- Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 24 dB
- Bluetooth Technology lets you seamlessly stream entertainment from your mobile phone and any other Bluetooth enabled device
- High-fidelity speakers provide premium sound quality.Compatible with non-Bluetooth devices via 3.5m audio cable
- Integrated microphone lets you make and take phone calls without removing the ear protection
- Cord and antenna-free design lets you move easily on the job; Flexible headband with cutouts to improve comfort when worn with caps