A question I get asked a lot is can a rototiller cut through the roots of a tree? Many people are very surprised when I tell them that it can and does. I can work over the top of a tree with no problem at all. It is amazing how strong some varieties of trees really are. They can withstand being dug up and uprooted like a common garden tool. But can a rototiller cut through the roots of a tree?
The answer to that depends on several factors. If you have a big tree, then I would imagine that it can. The rototiller can work its way right up through the trunk of the tree like an ax and then cut right through to the roots below. A smaller tree, or one that is smaller in relation to its size, may be harder for a rototiller to get around.
The first factor to consider is how big the root ball is of the tree you are trying to remove. If you are getting a rototiller to remove a tree then it will be fairly small in comparison to the size of the root ball. You might want to consider getting rototillers with extended handle rods as well. These extendable rods allow you to get much further into the root ball. The smaller the root ball the less area you will need to clear away when using the rototiller.
One reason that some rototillers do not get as far into the roots as they should be because there are not that many teeth on them. This can be overcome by adding a bigger rototiller to the mix. By putting more teeth on your rototiller you can give it a better chance of penetrating all the way down and getting all the roots.
Rototillers that have a higher powered suction also tend to get a better job of getting the roots that they are operating on. Many of the newer models have a secondary motor that will help the rototiller move at a faster speed. With a fast moving rototiller you can move the tree faster without any problems getting all the roots.
Some people wonder if a rototiller will cause their trees to die. This is not something to worry about. In fact most rototillers are designed so that they will not damage your tree. They will only cause damage to the stem of the tree. As long as you follow proper maintenance techniques then there is no reason to not be able to use a rototiller on your trees.
Some of the newer models of rototillers can actually cut right through some types of tree. They are designed to cut right to the root system. If you know your tree very well then it may not be necessary for you to worry about this feature. If you do not know your tree very well though then it might be a good idea to take a look at what some of the more advanced models can do. If you can find a model that can cut through even some thicker stems then you will have found a machine that can really help you with your stump removal project.
If you are in the market for a quality rototiller you should consider one that can handle all the types of tree you have. This can be especially important if you have a thick tree in your yard. You will want to make sure that the machine can handle the weight and can get through the tough spots without getting damaged. If you can find one with both these features then you are definitely getting a good value in your investment. Remember though, that if you want to be able to use your rototiller to help you remove stumps you will want to buy a model that can cut through roots.