Get the right tiller for your crops
If you're going to be planting any kind of crops, whether it's hundreds of acres of hay or a little corner garden, you need a tiller. Tillers, sometimes called rotary tillers or tiller cultivators, are among the most important tools you need to get started. A tiller works (or cultivates) the land by mulching up the dirt so that it can withstand the planting, growing and maintenance of a new crop, regardless of whether that soil has been used in previous seasons or not.
While it is entirely possible to dig up your land to plant a garden or field using hand tools such as shovels or landscape rakes, a motorized tiller makes light work of this grueling task, and typically does a better job of mixing up the soil, which will result in a better crop yield.
A tractor tiller is a useful tool for larger farm operations. While a hand-pushed tiller may be less expensive at first, if you're dealing with anything more than half an acre, you're going to be spending too much time preparing the land for planting, and not enough time actually planting.
A tractor tiller is an easy accessory to hook up and maintain, since most have adjustable hitches that make them suitable for a variety of different tractors. Furthermore, there are few moving parts that need to be maintained, especially if you choose a tiller that uses tines rather than discs to work the soil.
Like all farm machinery, it's important to keep in mind the cost of tiller parts, service and maintenance. Since there aren't many little parts to keep the tiller working, you won't find yourself spending a lot of money on the tiller once you've purchased it.
The biggest obstacle most farmers run into with their tillers is the wear and tear on the tines or discs that do the actual cultivation of the land. Continued use will, of course, dull these parts, which means that regular maintenance is important to keep your tiller working well for years to come.