We have been looking at rotor-tillers for a couple of months now, ours is very old and hard for me to start and also to hang onto. Usually this is not to much of a problem because hubby is there to help (on the weekends), but since his long hours are now undetermined our gardens are going to depend me! (scary huh!) I need to have items on the farm that I can depend on and know I can start and be able to work by myself. That being said, it is still a little hard to swallow (that I cannot do everything by myself), when hubby found out about the hours last fall that is why we got the Polaris. The Polaris makes it easier for me to check for cows, drive around and fix fence and have what I need stored in the back (saves a lot of lifting and carrying) that's for sure! I have also hooked onto it with a chain and cleared the water break below the house a while back that had a log stuck in it, all by myself. I understand I need different things around the farm to work on it than hubby does...but still....its upsetting. Seems like many times (the last few years) working on our farm, or hubby with the extra hours at work, its like we take one step forward and two steps back guess a lot of people feel like that anymore... When I get to thinking we are going to have money set back or a bill paid off we seem to need to buy something (mostly for the farm) equipment, vet bill etc. I guess though I should look at the fact that a new rotor tiller will last us many many years and it will pay for its self in the long run. It is just hard to realize sometimes I need different things than hubby does to get the same job done! On the up side though our health is good, thank God and I am perfectly capable of making a go of the farm by myself while hubby is working long hours, like he says (at least he has a job) and the overtime will help pay for the Polaris and the rotor tiller! On the up side hubby really loves his job and we both love the farm!
I had been looking at a rotor tiller that has an electric start and also a pull start, I thought this would be good but the electric starter is on the front of the tiller but with no battery! To use the electric starter you have to use an extension cord and plug into your existing electric! It did have some good things going on for it, but I did not see paying more for the push button starter, why did they not just go ahead and add a battery?
That being said I did find a tiller that has rear tine, forward and reverse and its easy for me to pull start (probably most of the new ones are). It has a lot of the same features as the above one but with out the electric start. This tiller is so easy to hold onto, my old tiller on a few occasions has gotten a little away from me and catch a plant (or 3, 4..) and that was very upsetting! My old one is over 10 years old and has been very good, I am keeping it for a back up. Here is a picture of the one we have decided to get.