The tiller is a tool that is essential in the garden for turning the soil and plowing. It makes it possible to obtain land which will subsequently be much more suitable for cultivation. If you’ve never used this tool before, here are some tips for efficient and safe plowing.
For what work should a tiller be used?
It can be useful to plow when planting fallow soil or when changing crops. It is then beneficial to use the tiller to oxygenate the soil, to decompact the soil, to provide a supply of plant residues, but also to prepare the soil for sowing and to remove weeds.
When should you plow your land?
In fact, there are no predefined periods for using the tiller. It basically depends on one factor: humidity. It is easier to choose a time when the soil is moist and therefore loose. However, it should not be too loaded with water. The earth would then be compacted and you create a kind of plow base which is not conducive to the development of the roots.
When the soil is not sufficiently moist, it will be difficult to ensure good progress of the implement. In this case, know that you can perfectly equip the latter with iron wheels which then allows it to better adhere to your terrain.
To know :
Since the law of 2006, you must respect schedules when you carry out noisy work such as plowing. These are: 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. On Saturdays you can plow from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sundays only between 10 a.m. and noon.
Precautions and advice for using a tiller
It is essential to respect certain rules for plowing and in particular to equip yourself correctly with:
- Of gloves anti-vibration and anti-cut (the tools are sharp).
- Of safety boots.
- Of earplugs.
- A noise-canceling headphones.
It is recommended that you try to familiarize yourself with your gear before you start. You should read the manual, especially since you have never used a tiller. It is indeed necessary to know how to handle the device to select the adequate power and to handle it in the right direction.
Before any use, you must carry out certain checks:
- Of oil levels (bridge, gearbox, engine) if you have a thermal level tiller.
- Of cable in the case of an electric tiller.
- Of air filter, fuel tank and tires.
The air filter must be perfectly clean before use. Watch out for debris and insects that can accumulate. The tires must be properly inflated between 0.5 and 1 bar.
If you have an electric tiller, you must check the connection sockets, they must be in good condition and particularly dry.
Remember to make sure the cables are in perfect condition and check the assembly of the work tools, this is essential for your safety.
The engine should be left to run for a few minutes before using it. Be careful: no connection must block the tiller in its path. Each tool must remain in its place and especially the sleeves. The cutters must be disengaged in the reverse position. When using this tool, stay alert and focus.
Finally, remember that this type of device can become a danger if it is misused and if you are not sufficiently protected.
How to move your tiller?
It is necessary that its passage is done naturally without having to force and to press. On slopes, whether they are light or steep, use the lowest speed. If the slope is quite steep, favor plowing at an angle, this ensures your safety.
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