All Things Gardening forum: Has anyone tried a battery-powered tiller yet?

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Name: Kay Kehler

kkehler0
Apr 13, 2018 7:23 AM CST
I've been gardening for a long time. I've used a gas-powered tiller to dig up beds all over the place. And to plant shrubs. But I'm thinking of changing gears and buying a battery-powered tiller. Seems very maintenance free. I know Mantis has been in the tiller business a long time. I see they now have a battery-powered tiller. Just curious if any of your gardeners have ever used a battery-tiller. I'm really leaning that direction.
https://mantis.com/product/man...


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RpR
Apr 13, 2018 9:57 AM CST
IF it has the durability of battery powered chain saws, if you can get all your tilling done well, in less than twenty minutes go for it.
Now that would be in soil with the texture of compost.
If not, it is dead money, like the tiller will be most of the day.

Claims for the chainsaws were as bravado as that one for the tiller.
Using a direct comparison, the chain saw would cut for 30 minutes, if you were cutting twigs into kindling.
Cut wood the size most chain saws do, twenty minutes on a good day .
Experience with my cousins, not opinion.
It takes more effort for a tool to till soil than cut wood, do the math.
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greene
Apr 13, 2018 10:04 AM CST
I have a battery-powered lawnmower. Piece of crap...but it's quiet. Whistling
Imagine a battery-powered tiller wouldn't be all that great.

If there is a place you can rent one, give it a try before you buy.
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critterologist
Apr 13, 2018 10:10 AM CST
I have the corded electric tiller from Mantis and LOVE it. We have a battery electric lawnmower, and the difference between electric & corded seems to be just how long you can go before recharging. I don't have the oomph to use a tiller for hours on end, so a battery one would be fine for me.

I don't use my Mantis to break packed clay, but it's perfect for soil that's been amended once or twice, even places where you'd need to jump on a shovel. Somebody once said of the small Mantis tillers -- think of them as a power hoe. Electric or gas, a small tiller won't work on hard virgin clay soil (I'm in MD, and the builder left us some awful stuff around the house).
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