A rototiller, also called a cultivator, rotary hoe, or power tiller is a motorized plow used to till the soil in preparation for seeding. It can also be used to dig out weeds while crops are growing and to turn compost.
Although more powerful cultivators are available, such as chisel plows that dig deep into the earth, a rototiller is lightweight and focuses on topsoil tillage.
Interest in rototillers are usually from home and small-scale gardeners. Some rototillers are small enough to be pushed by hand while larger units must be drawn by a tractor