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13 HP rear-tine tiller

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Hydraulic drive and formidable weight make this tiller rental more than a match for the toughest home projects, whether breaking ground for a large garden area, or preparing the soil for a total yard replacement.

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13 HP rear-tine tiller

This 13 horsepower rear-tined tiller is the big dog of tiller rentals, with variable speed hydraulic wheel drive and reversible tilling tines, this tiller can bust through the toughest sod, hardpan and clay soils. From clearing a space for a large vegetable garden to starting over on your lawn, this rototiller is an essential tool.

At 540 pounds, this tiller has enough weight to do tough jobs, yet still stable and easy to maneuver and control. The wheel and tine drives work independently of each other, so you can adjust your travel speed to meet whatever soil conditions you face. Controls are simple, with tine drive controls on one handle and wheel controls on the other.


OpenRental ID: 4356
Power: 13 HP gas engine
Drive: Independently operating hydraulically driven tine and wheel drives
Wheel width: 27 inches
Length: 74 inches
Height: 44 inches
Tine width: 27 inches
Tilling width: 20 inches

Questions & Answers

Can this fit in my car?

No, this tiller rental needs to be loaded into the back of a truck, large van or work trailer. It can usually also be trailered on it's own dedicated trailer. You may need to rent sturdy ramps for loading and unloading.

What happens if I hit an underground object like a rock or root.

This machine is designed to handle obstructions without damaging itself. One of two things may happen when you hit an obstruction. The machine may bounce over the top of the obstruction or it may bind-up and stall out. If it binds-up then you will probably hear a loud squealing sounds following by the engine stalling out. No problem, just lift the machine off the obstruction and re-start the engine.

Will the tiller fit through my fence gate?

The tiller is only 27 inches wide. It's designed to fit through even the smallest doorway and gate openings.

Should I make two passes or just one?

That depends on how deep you are trying to go and how cultivated you want to soil. Most customers make 2 passes to obtain maximum cultivation and depth.

Can I till in the rain?

Yes. The tiller will operate in the rain, however, you will probably get a little muddy. Ideally you will be tilling damp soil. Not too wet, not too dry. Results from tilling wet soil can vary and are generally a little less than ideal.

How deep does it till?

This depends on soil conditions. If your ground is moist then you should see a till of 2 to 5 inches on the first pass. Subsequent passes will go deeper.

Is it self propelled?

Yes. It has 2 self-propelled tires. When operating this machine, the tires will be moving the tiller forward or reverse. This allows you to focus on steering the machine.

How soon after tilling can I begin to seed or plant?

Immediately, however, you will probably want to level the freshly tilled soil first.

Should I water the area before tilling?

Yes. The area should be moist beneath the surface, but not wet and muddy since that will cause the wheels to slip and cause compaction of the soil as you walk behind the tiller.

How do I know if I need to water the work area before tilling?

Try stabbing a butter knife or screwdriver down into the ground. Measure the depth of the penetration. This will give you a good indication of soil hardness. If you get a shallow penetration (like 1 inch) then try adding water to the area and repeat the test an hour later. This should give you a rough idea of how much to water the work area. Remember, you are trying to increase moisture levels deeper down into the soil. This will mean watering for longer periods of time and allowing several hours for the moisture to penetrate down into the ground.


This tiller needs to be ramped up into a truck bed or trailered. If you want to do some heavy tilling, make arrangements for a vehicle with a hitch. Most rental yards have a dedicated trailer system for this machine.

Mark all sprinkler heads and inspect the work area to remove any wires, cables or lines that could be tangled in the tiller's tines. Also check for any shallow utility cables or pipes in the area. This includes possibly calling your local utility companies or 811 to have underground utilities identified.

Everything you till into the soil doesn't go away, it goes back into the ground. Take the trouble to remove unwanted plants like woody vines, ivy, blackberries, sod, hardy weeds like dandelions from the tilling area. Otherwise you'll spread unwanted roots throughout the area and end up battling with them later.

Make sure tilling area has been watered by rain or hose 24 hours prior to tilling, especially if you have clay in the ground. Soil will till better if it's moist, but not muddy.

Decide what amendments you want to till into the soil and have them standing-by. These include, fertilizer, compost, gravel, lime, manure, Turface, etc...

Tilling can be loud and dusty. Give your neighbors advance notice of what you will be doing.

The tiller is very heavy. Make sure that you have identified any steps, walls, or barriers that might make it difficult to get the tiller to the job site.

Do's & Don'ts

DON'T: This tiller rental is meant to be used on level ground only. Don't attempt to use it on sloped surfaces or inclines.

DO: If you're clearing away turf for a vegetable garden, rent a sod cutter and remove the sod rather than turn the grass seeds and roots into the soil to become weeds later.

DO: This tiller is well balanced. If you start to get stuck and see the wheels spinning, simply lift up on the handlebars to put more weight on the tires. This will allow the tires to get better traction and pull the machine forward.

DO: If you have hard ground and plan to till deep into the ground then plan to take two passes over the work area. The first pass can be in "chopping mode" with the tines spinning in the forward direction (same direction as the wheels) and the second pass can be in "cultivating mode" with the tines spinning in the reverse direction (opposite direction as the wheels).

DON'T: Forget straps or tie downs if you are transporting the machine in the back of your truck or trailer.

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