Tilling fields, not matter how much space you have to till, has never been a fun task for most people. Luckily, the advent of gas and electric tillers have made it much simpler to quickly till a large area in a shorter time. You generally use a tiller to make soil suitable for cultivation or for planting; farmers till the fields to make it more likely that seed will take root, and people in the suburbs often will till to make sure that grass seed will take root, or to make it easier to plant a small garden or even a vegetable garden.

Gas or electric tillers are much preferable to tilling by hand, and they’re very affordable today. The downside to having a gas or electric tiller is that eventually, things are going to go wrong with them, issues that you wouldn’t normally find yourself dealing with in an analog tiller.

We’re here to help with any of your Rototiller Repair Needs.

Keeping Your Tiller in Good Shape

Each rototiller is a bit different, and you should be sure to consult your tiller’s instruction manual before anything else when it comes to basic maintenance. Also, disconnect the spark plug before performing any maintenance for obvious safety reasons. Now, here are some good general rules for making sure that when you need it in the early spring, your tiller is ready to go:

  • After use, clean the tines – When tines have dirt and other debris stuck to them, it will quicken the formation of rust. Rust, of course, leads to damage, so properly cleaning your tiller after every use can help to save money and prevent issues down the road.
  • Change the oil – You should change the oil in your rototiller at least once a year. Professionals recommend that you also change the oil after fifty hours of continuous use.
  • Drain the fuel before the winter – Fuel does not stay potent enough to drive an engine forever. You should drain or flush the fuel from your rototiller before storage, or else you risk having fuel in the tank that is no longer capable of providing the controlled combustion needed to power the engine.
  • Check your tires – This may seem obvious, but if your rototiller has tires that require inflating, you need to make sure that you properly inflate them. It’s something simple that you should do at least once a year and more as is necessary.
  • Check connections – Once a year, usually before storing your rototiller for the winter months or before starting to use it in the spring, you should check all of the chains, the supports, the nuts and bolts, things like that. You’re looking to make sure there’s no signs of wear, no rust, nothing that would be likely to break or cause issues next time you operate the rototiller, and nothing that would degrade if you fail to fix it immediately.

What to Do When Your Rototiller Won’t Start?

If the engine in your rototiller won’t start and you’re not sure what’s wrong, go through the usual troubleshooting steps. Check the oil, the gas, and the spark plug. If it’s been a while, check the air filter as well. If none of these steps alleviate the problems that you’re having, then it is time that you take the rototiller in for inspection by a professional who specializes in small engine repair. For an estimate of the work necessary to get your rototiller running again, call 720-277-1579 today, and you’ll be tilling again in no time.