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Earthwise 11 in. 8.5 Amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator
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Earthwise

11 in. 8.5 Amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator

  • Includes dual 4 blade steel tines
  • 11 in. wide tilling perfect for narrow rows
  • Highly rated for ease of use (see reviews)
$139.00 /each

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Earthwise TC70001 Tiller Cultivator is the clean air choice. Zero emission tool, durable tines and compact profile, the Earthwise Tiller is perfect for new gardens, tilling in narrow rows and raised beds or along fences. 11 in. cutting wide and a tilling depth of 8.5 in. with 4 steel tines. No gas, no fumes. Earthwise is the Clean Air Choice!

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DOES THIS ELECTRIC TILLER HAVE AN AUTOMATIC START (LIKE A KEY)

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Washington
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You don't have to "start" this machine. After it is plugged up, you just pull the trigger and it is running. Just like a drill.
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The tiller has a fail-safe, so you can't start it without pressing a button on the right side of the tiller and then squeezing the "trigger handle" that starts the tiller. Once you've plugged it in, it is ready to go, If you follow the manual. There are no keys, and there is no "idle" like a gas powered tiller, there is just on and off, and you'd have to try real hard to turn it on, except on Read More
The tiller has a fail-safe, so you can't start it without pressing a button on the right side of the tiller and then squeezing the "trigger handle" that starts the tiller. Once you've plugged it in, it is ready to go, If you follow the manual. There are no keys, and there is no "idle" like a gas powered tiller, there is just on and off, and you'd have to try real hard to turn it on, except on purpose.
As for safety, there's another cool feature; if you overload or overheat this little motor, it just shuts down. No fireworks, it just quits until it cools off. I'd take that time to clear the roots out of the blades, after unplugging it. It works so much better when it's not being strangled. Read Less
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West Point, VA, USA
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No, it has a push button trigger on the handle that you push in and then hold the handle closed to run the tiller.
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Michigan
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June 18, 2015
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No, it is a two handed start for safety. There is a lever switch on the handle which you engage first with your right hand, then below that is a push button start. It will continue to run until you release the lever switch. Make sure the tiller is tipped back so the blades are not on the ground when started.
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Orange, CT
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June 16, 2015
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The start does not use a key, rather it has a button you press by the level to run the cultivator. This ensures to do not accidentally turn on the cultivator. I hope this helps ...
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Eugene, OR.
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You compress a lever and push a button. EASY!
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Forest Grove, Oregon
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June 8, 2015
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No, it has a push button that has to be pressed in before you squeeze the handle to turn it on.
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Fergus Falls, MN
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June 2, 2015
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No key start. Has a safety device. It has a pull start lever but you must push a release button before pulling up on the lever. If you let go of the lever it will automatically shut off.
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Dothan, Alabama
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It has a button that you push while holding in on the lever
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Keizer Oregon
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No, it's started by plugging it in, press and hold the trigger lock button then squeeze the handle trigger.
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Olympia, WA
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May 12, 2015
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In my limited experience with this unit, the depth is controlled by how many times you let it "walk" forward and pull back, Each pass gets you deeper until the frame an rock guard is resting on the soil preventing you from going deeper. In my garden I managed to get about 10 inches deep through rocks, pine cones, weeds and hardpack soil.
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hendersonville,tn
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No automatic starting or key required. The tiller has a push button start. As a safety measure, the handle must be held in place for the motor to start.
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Can I increase Maximum Till Depth (in.) with this model or different model?

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Pleasanton, CA
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March 13, 2015
I'm cleaning a field growing raspberry- the roots got deeper than 8.5 in.
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waxhaw nc
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When I want to go deeper, I remove the dirt from the tilled area and go over it again repeating until I get the depth I want. I do this when I am planting 2 gallon shrubs. Works like a charm and beats a shovel. P_lus when you put the dirt back in, it isall busted up for planting.
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Orange, CT
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I cultivated to approximately 12 inches. You want to be carful the roots do not get wrapped up in the tines. It is a pain to unwrap the roots. Also, after 7 to 8 inches, you'll need to move the soil around to get the depth you want. I hope this helps ...
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Eugene, OR.
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Yes, you simply flip the wheels up and then till where and how you want.
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Fergus Falls, MN
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This model is a fixed depth tiller, so not able to adjust it.
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Dothan, Alabama
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It will only till to the depth that it says, but just make several passes and you will be fine
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Franklin, Tn
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There are no adjustments available on this machine.
In order to cultivate greater depth, you must make multiple passes.
With each pass, you need to "hold back" a little longer each time so as to allow the blades to dig deeper in place before moving forward.
It is an acquired touch.
One thing I found helpful was to "lean" the handle bar to the left and right to kind of "wiggle" my way down the row. You
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There are no adjustments available on this machine.
In order to cultivate greater depth, you must make multiple passes.
With each pass, you need to "hold back" a little longer each time so as to allow the blades to dig deeper in place before moving forward.
It is an acquired touch.
One thing I found helpful was to "lean" the handle bar to the left and right to kind of "wiggle" my way down the row. You will learn to "feel" the edge of the hardpack vs broken soil.
Don't let the machine take "big bites" but rather let it hover and nibble at the edge. This will require (or develop) good upper body strength and your balance.
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Central Illinois
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There are no adjustments other than popping the wheels up, you can get a little deeper by runnung the tines on high spots and trying again. But when you get down to the shield that is it.
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hendersonville,tn
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NO,its a small tiller,good for small gardens and flowers.
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No, the max. depth is 8.5 inches deep; that puts the machine up to it's fenders. Also, if you're clearing a field full of roots, it will take forever and you'll be clearing the tines a lot. I love this tiller, but I clear things like 12x24 ft. vegetable gardens, and house borders. It goes through everything I've put it in, including roots, but it sounds like you need to look for a larger and stronger Read More
No, the max. depth is 8.5 inches deep; that puts the machine up to it's fenders. Also, if you're clearing a field full of roots, it will take forever and you'll be clearing the tines a lot. I love this tiller, but I clear things like 12x24 ft. vegetable gardens, and house borders. It goes through everything I've put it in, including roots, but it sounds like you need to look for a larger and stronger machine. Read Less
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Not exactly but the longer it digs or the slower you go, the deeper it goes.
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Lafayette, IN
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There's no adjustment capacity on the tines. I easily adjusted depth by changing the angle or making multiple passes.
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March 13, 2015
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You cannot increase the maximum till depth of Earthwise Electric Tiller and Cultivator.
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Will it break up fresh ground to start a garden.

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Harvest, AL
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If you're doing an area much more than 100 sq. ft, you'll want to look at something else. In my opinion, this tiller is good for existing beds only.
I found that for breaking sod, this tiller is a major underperformer. I tilled a 25'x65' garden, and it took me a lot of hard work over a month's worth of weekends. I finally resorted to using my string trimmer to cut the bermuda grass down to bare earth, Read More
If you're doing an area much more than 100 sq. ft, you'll want to look at something else. In my opinion, this tiller is good for existing beds only.
I found that for breaking sod, this tiller is a major underperformer. I tilled a 25'x65' garden, and it took me a lot of hard work over a month's worth of weekends. I finally resorted to using my string trimmer to cut the bermuda grass down to bare earth, because the tines kept getting bogged down with runners and rhizomes.
Once I graduated to a full size gas powered tiller, I did the same amount of work in 4 hours, instead of 4 whole weekends. Read Less
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Yes, it will break up fresh ground to start a garden. You may need to go over the area a couple of times though depending on clay content and degree of compaction. Typically, when soil sits for a while, a combination of the elements (rain, wind, sun, etc) and gravity tend to form a hard packed surface layer that can be thick at times. Once you allow the tiller time to get through that, it Read More
Kiesha,
Yes, it will break up fresh ground to start a garden. You may need to go over the area a couple of times though depending on clay content and degree of compaction. Typically, when soil sits for a while, a combination of the elements (rain, wind, sun, etc) and gravity tend to form a hard packed surface layer that can be thick at times. Once you allow the tiller time to get through that, it should chew up the soil like a champ. My wife's garden (that I have to till) has that problem. Just take it slow and allow the tool to do its job. Be careful though, on hard packed soil this tiller jumps around a bit and wants to take off on you so a firm grip is recommended.....happy gardening!! Read Less
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Yes, I believe it will. It probably depends on how hard your ground is. But it did a real good job on my yard for a flower garden. I have a red clay type of dirt and it did the job. You do need to let it run in one particular spot at a time to make sure it gets deep enough. But for someone who doesn't want to use one of the bigger tillers, this one will do.
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Plainwell Michigan
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Yes, that is how I stated a small garden for wife , then I added garden soil to build up a bed, But not necessary. Easy to use and lightweight.
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Yes. No problem.
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Wilmington, NC
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It should do, but how well it does it will depend on the ground. If there are large roots (an inch or more in thick) then you need to be remove as many of those as possible. Smaller roots can get wrapped around the tines, so you'll need to stop every few minutes to remove them. If the soil is sandy its going to be easier than heavy baked clay.
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Yes, it should do it. It depends on how hard-packed your soil is. I used mine in my garden that has been tilled each year, so the soil was easier to work with than trying to go through untilled dirt. Before I bought mine I watched a YouTube video of a guy turning sod with this model and it worked just fine. I would recommend turning the soil over with a shovel first to make it easier on yourself. If you Read More
Yes, it should do it. It depends on how hard-packed your soil is. I used mine in my garden that has been tilled each year, so the soil was easier to work with than trying to go through untilled dirt. Before I bought mine I watched a YouTube video of a guy turning sod with this model and it worked just fine. I would recommend turning the soil over with a shovel first to make it easier on yourself. If you can't dig into it with a shovel, it will be a little bit of a challenge with any rototiller. Turning the soil over before using the tiller may seem crazy - that's why you want a tiller - but your back and shoulders will thank you! If the soil is really hard-packed, a trick that I've learned is to water the area with a sprinkler for a while and then let it dry out a bit - just so it's not too wet to work with. This tiller was great for my garden and had plenty of power. And make sure that you have a strong enough extension cord to handle it (I bought a 12-gauge). Otherwise it may overheat on you. Read Less
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Yes, but it will take time. I used it on hard soil and it's a bit tedious. When it finds/hits rocks it spits them out ahead.
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There are many responses and even photos addressing the tiller on new ground. It will do it, just might need 2 or 3 passes.
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May 10, 2016
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Yes, this model can handle breaking sod and deep tilling.
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yes very easy tilled up my hard ground in no time
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Extension cord

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I've read answers to another extension cord question, but I'd like clarification--where the extension cord plugs into the tiller, is it 2 prong or 3 prong?

I know either way I can use an adapter.

Thanks for any input.

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Ok Marber,
The Plug is two pronged and "polarized". It will only plug in one way. The tiller is double insulated. In short, there is a separation between you and the electricity built in. You CAN defeat that protection by doing silly things, like tilling in a puddle, barefoot in a rainstorm. If you follow the ALL the safety directions, no problems.
Happy gardening!
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The plug on the tiller is 2 prong - however it is the male end, so you shouldn't have any problem attaching it to an extension cord.
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The male connector on the tiller is two prong with the neutral prong larger. Also, they recommend the wire size of the extension cord to be 16 AWG for up to 50', 14 AWG for 51' to 100' and 12 AWG for 101' to 150'.
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It's 2 prong.
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The connection is up by the handle with a rubber gizmo that keeps the cords clipped close together to facilitate the connection and not coming unplugged when you move the tiller around. It is a 2 prong plug in. I use a 3 prong extension cord that is a 12V. If you use a longer than 50' cord you run the risk of overheating and the machine will stop until it cools off. Be sure to use the larger rated cord.
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The receptacle on the tiller has 2 prongs. I'm using a 50ft long 3 wire extension cord.
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two prong
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I recommend that you use a heavy duty grounded long cord to reach the house or your power source.
At the business end attaching to the tiller, add a short (6-10') secondary cord just in case it falls under the tines when you turn.
Short is much cheaper than long.
Tie the long cord together with the short cord to avoid pulling apart while working.
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Keizer Oregon
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It will take either a 2 or 3 prong POLARIZED (one prong wider than the other) extension cord.
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It is a two prong plug with a molded ring to protect the prongs. The prongs are centered in the plug. That can make plugging it into a grounded cord difficult. But it can be done.
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I bought one of these tillers, so now I can answer my own question. -- The cord hanging from the tiller has 2 male prongs, and I can plug the 3 prong female end of my orange extension cord into it.
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11 in. 8.5 Amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 462.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeded my Expectations! I am a 67 year old woman and I was afraid this tiller would be challenging to handle but it was not. In fact, it was fun to use. I started out with the wheels down but after getting used to it, I put the wheels up and the tiller dug deep into my clay soil. I will have to break up some of the soil with a mattock and then a shovel; I am 100% confident the tiller will turn that clay into submission especially after I cover it with mulched leaves and compost and then re-till it. I am so grateful for this product and recommend it to anyone who wants to have fun with a garden.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good for existing beds, NOT breaking sod I bought this cultivator for the purpose of breaking sod on my 25'x65' garden, because I'm cheap and stupid. I do not recommend buying this cultivator for that purpose, and very much disagree that this tiller is "perfect for new gardens" as the product description states. If you're looking to till an existing garden or to break ground in a VERY small area, it should work fine. Just don't think that you're buying a powerhouse tiller that can handle large areas. The next year later, I rented a real mid-tine tiller from Home Depot, and ended up doing in 3 hours what it took me a whole month of weekends to accomplish with this cultivator - now THAT's money well spent, even if it was 2/3 the cost of this cultivator for only a 4 hour rental. If you do plan on trying to break a limited amount of sod with this, you'll have to remove all grass ahead of time. I used my Echo SRM-225i string trimmer to cut the grass down to the soil, since I've got bermuda grass, and the rhizomes will tangle in the tines and bog down this lightweight cultivator in a matter of minutes. I WAS fairly impressed when this thing managed to kick a fist-sized rock up out of the ground though. It can do a fair amount of work for its size when dealing with just plain dirt. It does bounce around quite a bit with hard packed soil due to its light weight, but since it's so light, it's still fairly controllable. I found the best method to till deep into the soil was to let the cultivator pull itself away from me, and then drag it back towards me, which really makes the tines dig in. Overall, if you've got a few existing flowerbeds or perhaps some raised garden beds that you want to till under each year, this cultivator will work well. However, if you plan on doing any substantial work at all, you definitely want to spring for something much beefier.
Date published: 2016-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dirt Grinding Little Dude Bought this little cultivator about a month ago and used it for the first time today 7/22/16 and I will say loudly this little dude will chew up some dirt and I do mean chew it up. It's great for a small garden like mine 20' X 25'. It's small and lightweight and very easy to handle. The ground was previously dug with a shovel a few months ago because I knew there were large tree roots that had to be cut out, but the ground had not been worked in 3 months since planting tomatoes and this is Northeast Texas where the soil is like clay. If you have or want a small garden this cultivator will do the job. It's cheaper than a big tiller and a lot easier to use and no oil/ gas mix or carburetor worries; just plug it in and go.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Created a 20' x 12' garden where grass was in one day I tilled through some well established lawn to create a new 20' x 12' garden in one day. I'm 5'7" so I could only give is 4 stars for ease of use. It would be easier for someone 6' or taller to wrangle, but it did cut through the sod. I used a sort of forward and backward motion to kind of take bites through it as I went. I noticed my best technique involved grabbing on the side and would have loved it if the gripper part went that far around, but I had good grippy gloves on, so I managed. Since it would have cost me $200 to have someone else break ground for me, this tiller has already earned it's keep! And, I'm going to use it to cultivate between rows, once they're planted. Oh, I did rake the grass from the top when I was done tilling, which I recommend. It allowed me to find any spots I missed and now I have nice clean dirt 6" down! It made the edges look a little messy, but I'll tidy those up soon. I'm adding of picture of my dog guarding the newly tilled garden from birds (Ok, sometimes she does sleep on the job). :)
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent tiller I had been meaning to buy a tiller for some time and finally took the time to make the purchase. I have had the tiller for only a few weeks and I have used the tiller for a number of projects I had never intended to use it for. Great purchase and good quality tool.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little tiller, powerful, light, and a great value I was considering gas powered tillers, but this one, with it's many positive reviews caught my eye. At $100 cheaper than a similar gas powered tiller I was a little skeptical, but willing to take a chance. This tiller has more than enough power to dig into the hard Georgia clay soil that was virgin ground - hard! Due to it's light weight it does jump some when it hits rocks, but is not hard to control. I must have gone through a bushel of rocks, up to fist size, but after two hours the tines had little visible wear. I would highly recommend this tool to anyone with a family sized garden or flower bed within 100' of an electrical outlet. I say this distance because that is the length of the cord I was using. I bet you could obviously go further away if you had a portable generator. Easy to assemble also. Another reason I went with this model (electric) is that when I have put up other machines for the winter, there are things you have to do to protect them, the least of which is to drain the gas, or add some gas additive. Not so with electric. Hope this helps someone with their decision.
Date published: 2016-02-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I guess it does what it says it does..... Let me begin by saying, I am a tool guy. I love to do things around the house and every new project affords me the opportunity to justify to my wife the purchase of a new tool. So, she says to me, "hon, lets plant a garden". I'm on it babe! Purchased this tiller and after an easy 10 minute assembly plugged it in and went to town. Doesn't do well with hard packet soil. You have to go over the same spot a couple of times to get a nice break up. I am a big guy and I had to forcibly keep it from jumping all over the place. Works well in soft or moderately hard soil. If the ground is compacted at all forget it, you will be there all day. Constructed well so I guess it's worth the money....
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard worker Was worried about the power of an electric unit vs gas. But thinking how it's only used a couple times a year by me, gas storage lawn equipment is harder to take care of. With this electric unit it is a simple clean up and store. Have only used it once to prep garden, will see if it works again as easy in a few months. It should. Looked small out of the box and didn't think tines were big enough. I have a small 20 X 20 plot, just don't want to spade mix anymore. This tiller worked like a champ with no problems, tore up the soil, weeds and last years plantings with ease. Just the right size for a home gardener. Assembly was pretty simple also.
Date published: 2014-02-15
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