How to Use a Garden Tiller Safely: Get Tiller Safety Tips

Learn how to use a garden tiller safely with these tips

For optimal safety oin the garden when you're operating a tille, it's important to read your owner's manual and any tiller safety tips thoroughly before using your machine. You should know how to use a garden tiller and when to change out tiller parts to keep your machine operating safely and at peak efficiency. Read the tiller safety tips below for more information on proper operation.

  • Inspect the area where you'll be using your garden tiller. Remove all stones, sticks, wires, and other foreign objects which could be tripped over, damage tiller parts and cause personal injury.
  • Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting clothing. Loose fitting shirts, pants or jewelry can be caught in moving parts. Never operate this machine in bare feet or sandals.
  • Disengage clutch levers and shift (if provided) into neutral ("N") before starting the engine.
  • Never leave this machine unattended with the engine running.
  • Do not attempt to make any adjustments while the engine is running, except where specifically recommended in your operator's manual.
  • Be familiar with the proper operation of all controls and tiller parts. Know how to stop the machine and disengage them quickly if necessary.
  • Use caution when tilling near fences, buildings and underground utilities. Rotating tines can cause property damage or personal injury if they come into contact with foreign objects.
  • Do not overload machine capacity by attempting to till soil too deeply or too quickly.
  • Stop the engine if the machine starts making an unusual noise or vibration. Disconnect the spark plug wire and ground it against the engines. Repair any damage and replace necessary tiller parts before starting and operating. If you need help  troubleshooting your problem check out the diagnostic tool from MTD Parts.


Use original manufacturer equipment tiller parts for repairs                         

For safety in the garden, use only attachments and accessories approved by the manufacturer. Failure to do so can result in personal injury. You should also perform regular maintenance on your garden tiller. Vibrations from routine use can loosen nuts and bolts which can lead to greater problems with other tiller parts if not tightened regularly. When you need to replace tines and more, shop for garden tiller parts from MTD Parts to ensure you get the right equipment for your machine. 


The MTD Genuine Parts Knowledge Center provides do-it-yourself instructions for performing many basic maintenance items, including replacing cutting blades, drive and deck belts, and engine oil. If you find your machine has a bigger problem, use our service locator to find a qualified MTD service provider in your area.