Used to breakup, churn and aerate soil, rotavators come in especially handy if you have a large garden or allotment that requires regular maintenance. Electric rotavators – which can help you get the job done a bit more quickly – are also sometimes known as ‘power diggers’.

Rotavator safety

Make sure you use your rotavator safely by following our simple tips.

Safety first

  • Make sure you buy or hire your rotavator from a reputable dealer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • It’s important to register a new electric rotavator with the manufacturer so that you can be contacted if a safety notice or recall is required. It also makes it easier for you to return a faulty product or order a repair. To register any of your appliances, regardless of age, visit our Product Registration page.
  • Use our free online Product Recall checker to see if your rotavator or any other electrical items have been recalled
  • Check that your machine has a UK plug; if it doesn’t, don’t try to use a UK travel adaptor. Seek advice from the retailer.
  • Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
  • Any socket you plan to use to plug in a rotavator should have RCD (residual current device) Protection. An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider installing an RCD socket or use an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.
  • If you have to use an extension lead make sure it is suitable for outdoor use, is fitted with a thermal cut-out and is fully unwound before using it.

Using your rotavator safely

  • Ensure pets and children are kept away from the area you’re working in.
  • Make sure that the lawn is free of debris and trip hazards before you get started.
  • It’s best to wear sturdy shoes (ones that cover your toes) and long trousers when using a rotavator. Ear defenders and padded gloves are also a good idea.
  • During use, keep the power cord over your shoulder and well out of the way, and keep your feet and hands away from the tines.
  • If a fire does start, don't try to fight the fire. Get to safety and call 999 immediately.
  • Always unplug your rotavator before cleaning.
  • Store in a cool, dry place.