I have 6 raised beds filled with topsoil and compost, and am looking for a tiller. They total about 200 sq.ft. I see a lot of electric tillers on the market and wonder how they perform compared to gas tillers? They seem to be very inexpensive which I like but will they do the job?


In 200 sq. feet, if you have decent soil, an electric tiller will work, but you may have to recharge halfway through. I have found that it is much less of a hassle to use a small 2 cycle gas tiller in a bed like that. They are much more powerful, never need recharging (refueling is way faster), and if something breaks, repairs are a lot cheaper. There are a lot of small engine mechanics out there.

  • @user19997 Did you decide what you wanted to do tiller-wise yet?
    – J. Musser
    Jul 23 '14 at 4:08
  • I have a small Ryobi tiller I'm going to stay with for now and forgo the battery tiller. Maybe I'll find a larger one for sale on Craig's list.
    – user19997
    Jul 23 '14 at 4:20
  • That sounds great! Gas is what I recommend.
    – J. Musser
    Jul 23 '14 at 4:24
  • @J.Musser hopefully advances in battery technology help make these tools hold more juice.
    – Danger14
    Feb 7 '15 at 17:39

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