Used Rotovator Buying Guide

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Used Rotovator Buying Guide

A rotovator is a machine whose job it is to dig into soil, loosen it up and prepare it for planting. Given the intensive, heavy work these machines are intended for, it is important to do thorough research before investing any money into purchasing a used rotovator.

About Used Rotovators

A Rotovator is an undeniably helpful machine when it comes to garden maintenance. These machines are designed to take on the constant punishment that would otherwise be felt by a gardener when maintaining their plot. The rigours of soil preparation make the chances of machinery being damaged by rocks, stones, or whatever else may lay buried beneath the soil a valid concern, which is what, in turn, makes buying a used rotovator an exercise requiring some expert guidance. There are some considerations which are applicable to rotovators across the board, and others which are exclusive to buying used models.

Buying a Used Rotovator

The main point to consider when buying a used rotovator is its condition. Even the top-of-the-range machines need to be cared for properly if they are to retain their properties and usefulness, and therein lies the need for some knowledge of what constitutes a good buy. If the maintenance record of a used rotovator can be established, then it would remove some of the apprehension involved in purchasing the item. It is even better if the rotovator can be viewed in person, as this makes it considerably easier to establish the condition of the used rotovator. Considering that no warranty is in place in the case of a used rotovator, it is of vital importance to ensure the machine is in good working order. If possible, get the seller to demonstrate how the machine works as this will clearly highlight any issues with the machine. Double check to see if the rotovator manual is still available, as especially with used models, this could come in handy. It might also be possible to ask around friends and family, as personal experience is invaluable when it comes to resolving any problems or deciding on a purchase. The table below lists some of the common concerns when buying a used rotovator and how to avoid them.

Buying The Right Sized Rotovator

A small rotovator is usually equipped to handle small or medium sized gardens and the medium sized rotovator should be sufficient to till the larger garden as well. Buying a small rotovator to cultivate a large area simply in the hope of saving some money will almost surely be a costly error in judgement. It must be remembered that the different sizes of rotovator engines are built to cope with specific working capacities. It is also important to consider the user's strength as a larger machine will be more exhausting to operate.

The Weight of the Rotovator

Lightweight rotovators can be more expensive than the heavier models, but if large areas of ground are to be cultivated, then the weight of the rotovator is relevant and the lighter models will be far better appreciated. If Rotovators accommodate attachments, then the weight of these will also need to be taken into consideration. Lightweight rotovators are easier on the back and for long sessions of tilling, that is certainly something to consider.

Are Attachments Available for the Rotovator?

Ascertaining whether the used rotovator on offer has the facility for attachments is important if a large amount of crops are to be planted or harvested; it may be the more practical option rather than having separate tools for the different functions. Even if these attachments are not urgently needed at the time of purchasing the rotovator, it still pays off to consider buying them as circumstances may change. An attachment such as that for harvesting potatoes may be well worth the extra money spent and will not cost as much as a completely separate item of machinery. The need to dig deeper than a particular rotovator will allow can also be accommodated by a rotovator attachment. There is also an attachment that breaks up compacted ground as well as a ridging-type plough that creates furrows and adjusts the working depth and width. These are the reasons that rotovators are such a popular means of tilling the soil. Other attachments are available that make the job of growing plants or foods a lot easier. The engine size of a rotovator would be a factor in the use of some of these attachments.

The Engine Size of the Rotovator

The engines in rotovators are obviously designed to facilitate the degree of tilling prescribed by manufacturers for particular rotovators. A purchaser should ensure that the job requirements allow for the size of the rotovator engine, as an excess of demand can cause engines to break down. A 3.5 BHP engine in good condition is usually sufficient to fulfil the needs of most home tilling requirements, but those larger projects will obviously need to acquire a suitably strong engine in a rotovator. If a seller specifies the work that can be accomplished by the rotovator on offer, it is important to take heed of this information. Sellers would, in most cases, be prepared for the engine of a used rotovator to be tested for efficiency before a purchase is made.

The Age and Condition of the Used Rotovator

Used rotovators that have been stored in damp conditions may have developed some rust, which would inhibit the functionality of the rotovator and eventually lead to its demise if left untreated. Try to establish whether the rotovator has ever been rust-proofed and also do a thorough check to ensure that no rust is present. Older rotovators can sometimes be sturdier than the more modern machines, and their condition at the time of sale will depend largely on how well they have been maintained. Discussions with the seller to ascertain the extent of the maintenance carried out will be valuable. The presence of a sturdy, neat garden shed with a variety of well-maintained tools at the home of a seller would relieve much of the anxiety regarding the condition of the rotovator. It is also in the interests of the purchaser to find out as much as possible about the make and model of the rotovator on offer.

Online research into the various makes and models of rotovators can provide invaluable insight into which machines provide the best and longest service. Constant complaints about a particular make or model should send red flags soaring and consumers are quick to register comments online for the world to see if they feel truly let down by a product and robbed by its manufacturer. There are, however, good, used rotovators to be found on eBay.

Finding Used Rotovators on eBay

Finding used rotovators on eBay is as easy as accessing the eBay homepage. One of the easiest ways to find used rotovators is by opening the Home & Garden page. From here, click the DIY tab All Categories tab and select Home, Furniture & DIY followed by Power Tools. Another useful category is Home, Furniture & DIY. Typing 'petrol rotovator' into the search here will also display a number of useful results.


A rotovator is of incredible use to an active gardener, but purchasing one requires good thought and research. Remember to check the power source, weight and size of the machine. Do not forget, however, to give especial attention to the condition of the machine if buying used. eBay is a great source for locating both used models. Not only that, but there is a useful eBay community who may be helpful when questions about used rotovators arise. Buying a used rotovator is investing into a tool designed to make gardening life easier and even used machines make a worthwhile investment.

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