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Enriching the soil in the autumn, be it with compost, mulch or manure, allows nature to do its work over the autumn, winter and early spring so the soil is in an optimal condition ready for plants to grow when the weather warms up. Using a garden tiller means that you can break the soil up into smaller pieces and combine the compost or manure into it. Breaking it up also improves the aeration of the soil.

What Tiller Do You Need?

The MH 445 is a great compact tiller for getting essential soil prep done at the end of the season. Featuring four rows of tines with a diameter of 30cm and a working width of 45cm, the STIHL MH 445 with its 140cc engine is perfect for tilling open vegetable patches. The two of the outmost tines can be removed to reduce the tilling width to 28cm allowing the MH 445 to work between rows of vegetables. With the addition of protection discs on the outer tines, you can also protect adjacent plants and their roots from being damaged when the tines pass by.

The MH 445 R adds a reverse gear to the standard MH 445, which is useful if you need to till in tighter areas or manoeuvre around other plants and vegetable patches.

1.This is the engine speed control; it adjusts the speed that the tines rotate when drive is engaged.

2.Adjustable height and swing handlebar; this makes sure that the machine is working flat and level when the user is in a comfortable standing position. The swing function is used to bring the controls around to the left or right side so that the operator does not have to walk on the freshly tilled soil.

3.The gearbox; this transfers the engine drive to the tiller attachment (either the tines or wheels).

4.Locking pins; these are situated on the tine shafts and gearbox driveshafts so that the tines can be removed for different attachments or added/removed to change the tilling width.

5.Tines; they are grouped together rotating as a four. The leading edge needs to maintain a spade-like sharpness, particularly when working in compacted soil.

6.Plant protection discs; these are removable (like the outermost tines) so that greater tilling performance can be achieved. They are used to prevent shoots and roots of adjacent plants from being picked up by the tines and being damaged.

7.Drag bar; this is perhaps the most important feature of a tiller. The drag bar is adjusted according to the tilling depth. As the name suggests it drags along the ground like an anchor so the tiller doesn‘t race off along the surface of the soil. You can push down on the drag bar to slow the tiller allowing it to dig in more to till the soil.

8.Reverse gear lever; this is used to help manoeuvre the tiller, especially in tricky positions like against a fence or wall or even just turning the machine 180 degrees to make another run over the soil. The reverse gear is much slower than the forward gear (slow walk) and is only used for moving the tiller around, not tilling.

9.Drive lever; this engages the tiller drive shafts to spin the attachment (tines or wheels).

10.Transport wheels; can be flipped up when the machine is working or moved down when needing to transport the tiller away from the working area.

For more information contact your Local depot:

BEITH: 01505 500011

AYR: 01292 285921

STRANRAER: 01776 707030