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Tiller Buying Guide: The Best Equipment for Soil Aeration and More

June 4, 2014

Snapper Rear Tine Tiller Do you have a garden tiller? Or are you not sure what a tiller is, and how it can help you have healthy soil and a great yard? Well, Snapper® is here to help.

Snapper offers a variety of tiller options to meet all of your yard care needs. Read on to learn more about the available garden tiller options and where to purchase them.

Why Use a Tiller?

First off, why do you need a garden tiller? You may think tillers are only used for larger-scale planting operations on farms, but that’s not the case. Even if you have a tiny garden, a tiller can help you aerate the soil before planting, ensuring your plants are healthy and getting enough air and water. Snapper front tine tillers are ideal for this purpose.

For larger yards, including market gardens, a Snapper rear tine tiller can help you break ground and cultivate healthy, aerated soil prior to planting, in addition to killing weeds after planting has begun.

Front Tine Tiller: Ideal for Smaller Gardens

The Snapper Front Tine Tiller is great for soil aeration in smaller gardens. It’s easy to till around objects with a high degree of comfort and control. The front tine tiller features a 725e Series™ Briggs & Stratton engine to tackle demanding tilling tasks. With 11” wheels, it’s easy-to-maneuver through grass and dirt, while forged steel tines can tackle the soil no matter the season.

You can choose from three different tilling settings: 11”, 16” or 21” tilling paths. Plow-style adjustable handles with dual hand control, a durable brass gear drive transmission, and a long wheel base and drag stake mean that the front tine tiller is extremely stable and easy to use. Plus, it features fold-down handle bars for convenient space-saving storage! With a 2-year limited warranty, you can rely on the Snapper Front Tine Tiller to keep your garden healthy for years to come.

Rear Tine Tiller: For Larger Yards & Gardens

For larger yards and gardens, rear tine tillers can handle tough tilling jobs with ease. Snapper offers a Standard Rotation Rear Tine Tiller and a Counter Rotation Rear Tine Tiller to aerate and cultivate your soil in any season.

Featuring a reliable 4-cycle, 950 Series™ Briggs & Stratton engine for powerful but lightweight maneuvering, the Snapper Standard Rotation Rear Tine Tiller makes it easy to tackle sod and tough soil. Featuring dual tilling controls that allow you to walk on either side of the tiller, a sturdy brass gear drive transmission, heavyweight steel tines, and a standard forward rotating tine design, it’s easy to use the tiller in any season. And with a low center of gravity and adjustable comfort grip handles, tilling won’t feel like a chore. The Standard Rotation Rear Tine Tiller also comes with a 2-year limited warranty*.

The Snapper Counter Rotation Rear Tine Tiller is an alternate option for larger yards and gardens in need of soil aeration and other yard care tasks. With a high-performance 900 Series™ Briggs & Stratton engine, a counter rotating tine design and ergonomic handlebar, plus 13” by 5” wheels with forward directional control, you get high performance plus ease of use.

Buying a Snapper Tiller

Still have questions about which tiller is right for you and your yard? Your local Snapper Dealer can help you on your path to purchase, discussing the various tiller options more in-depth and answering any questions you may have.

Shop the full line of Snapper outdoor power equipment, and see how the available options can help you have a yard and garden that are the envy of the neighborhood!

*See dealer for warranty details


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