How Much Does it Cost to Rent a Tiller?
For most, the choice to rent or buy a rototiller is simple. Renting will save you on maintenance costs, finding a place to store it and not have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars to purchase one.
How much is it?
- Daily rototiller rentals typically range anywhere from $20 to $55. Weekly rentals range from $120 to over $200, while monthly rentals range between $325 to $550. A rear-tine tiller, which has the blades and tires in the back instead of the front, can often cost as much as $75 per day. The costs will depend on the size, the rental company and how long you need it for.
- For example, SunBeltRentals.com, a company that rents out various pieces of equipment, charges $41 to $51 per day depending on the engine size.
- According to DailyFinance.com, the average price to rent a small rototiller can be around $50 per day. However, they also note that the same rototiller that you rent can cost as little as $229 to buy.
What is going to be included?
- Rototillers are farming tools that break up hardened soil using blades called tines. Some rototillers are capable of mixing in organic and/or chemical fertilizers while tilling the ground.
- Common engine sizes will include 1.5 HP, 2 HP and 5 HP.
- Local hardware stores, such as Home Depot, will rent out rototillers. Lawn and garden shops may also rent them as well as hardware stores.
The benefits of using a rototiller
- Rather than having to use a spade or hoe to till the soil by hand, the rototiller does a better job in a shorter amount of time.
- Rototillers are very useful throughout the season as they can keep the pathways between rows of plants clean and free from weeds.
- A rototiller can get rid of weeds much better than you could do by hand. Using the tines, the rototiller will break through all the strands of the weed, getting so deep that they get right down to the root.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending on the size that you need, you might need a flatbed truck or a small moving truck to transport the rototiller from the vendor to your home or the place you will use it. However, most rototillers could fit in the backseat of an average sized sedan.
- Because spring is the season that this machine is most in demand, the costs may rise during this time.
- You will need gas to run the machine. Companies will want you to return the rototiller with a tank full of gas.
- If the machine is kept over the allotted amount of time, additional late charges may apply.
- A cleaning charge may be applied if the machine is returned extremely dirty.
Tips to know:
- Gloves and goggles should be worn for protection while in use. Small rocks and other debris could be thrown by the rototiller and cause injury to the user. Wearing pants and long sleeves is also recommended.
- Before you start up your rental, ensure that you can push a shovel into the ground fairly easily. If not, then you should first soak the ground with water in the evening for two to three days. Conversely, the ground should not be muddy. If you have weeds or grass exceeding a foot in height, you must mow first. Mowing is critical because the long weeds will wrap around the tines reducing their effectiveness. Also, remove dead lawn using a sod cutter where you plan to till the soil.
- Clean the tiller before returning it so that you are not charged a cleaning fee. It may be as simple as hosing it off.
How can I save money?
- Planning ahead is the best way you can save even more money. Make sure the target area is soft enough for the tiller. Ensure that all weeds and dead lawn has been cleared. Clear your calendar and check the local weather forecast or farmer’s almanac to ensure the days you will have the tiller you can actually use it.
- Most of the time, it may be better to rent the rototiller, especially if you are only going to use it once a year. Since a good rototiller can cost more than a few hundred dollars, you will not have to worry about being held responsible for storage and maintenance.
- There are tillers that can be used by hand. These tools have a horizontal handle on top and four rotated tines. When the user pushes these tines into the ground and turns the tiller using the handles, the soil will be broken up manually.