Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 451
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GardenNewb Great Tiller
Typically I have always used outdoor tillers powered by a gas engine, so I was a bit hesitant when I came across this electric powered item. However after noticing it's positive reviews and price point, not too mention growing tired of having to rent, rush to return to the store in time, refill with gas, etc...I decided to make the purchase.
Within 2-1/2 - 3 hours and some assistance with a garden spade, I was able to break through an established lawn and create an 8' x 10' vegetable garden for my wife. Only one small annoyance is that the power cord can tend to get in the way, but it's ease of use, compact size, non-stop performance and eliminating the need to rent definitely outweighs the negative.
As a side note, if having to cut through a lawn, it may make things easier by renting a sod cutter and/or larger heavier duty tiller, but as I mentioned above, I utilized a garden spade to break up small sections at a time to speed up the process, the tiller did the rest.
Bottom-line, I would recommend this to anyone, especially one whom already has an established lawn and/or landscaping.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Gertrude 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). :)
April 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cop793 Small Beast
I purchased this tiller today after reading previous reviews. I was still very skeptical. I had removed a small tree and stump from the back yard. The area was mounded and hard packed clay. This tiller was amazing. It powered through the dirt and grass like its was nothing. Within about an hour I had leveled the mound and pulverized an area about 15 x 15. The dirt was a now a fine top soil. The tiller never bogged down. It powered through like a champ. It was simple to put together, light weight and very easy to use. Well worth the money spent. Don't hesitate on this one!!!
August 13, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jake Works GREAT! Good buy!
Reg.$149.00. Reduced price was $139.00. With 10% coupon approx. $14.00 off. With tax paid $133.86
My 14 year old son assembled the tiller. Only a Phillips head screwdriver was needed. Using a 14 gage 100 Ft. extension cord plugged in my shed outlet I tilled 10 rows each 20 ft. in length. The horse manure and soil blended so beautifully into a mixture you couldn't buy! Beautiful fine soil for my vegetable garden! For 25 years I did the backbreaking tilling with shovels. I'm 60 years old now and should have bought this a long time ago. My soil has been cleared of stones over the years and I watered the area to soften the horse manure and soil first. I tilled each row twice to get a little extra depth to plant I am only a consumer who shops around for what I think is the best deal for the projects I have around the house. I did read the reviews first before purchasing. The tiller is more than I ever expected. Has plenty of power and was very easy to use and easy to clean with the garden hose. I would have no problem recommending the to anyone. Just be sure to press the safety button while pulling the safety handle at the same time. Very good safety feature. Oh yea before I forget, no need for gasoline!
April 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Limey Surprisingly powerful
I'll be honest and admit that I bought this because it was the cheapest. Our backyard had been cleared of trees and brush but a lot of roots remained underground even after my best attempts to dig them out. All the same, I wanted to till the earth before laying a thin layer of topsoil and seeding grass. So I really wanted something that I'd probably use to death for a few days, and then rarely again.
The rototiller was easy to assemble, with just a screwdriver. 10 minutes. It felt well made and sturdy, surprisingly so considering the price.
This rototiller made light work of the compacted sandy soil. When it hit big roots it would judder but not stall (or throw the trip switch on the power) and I'd stop and manually remove the root from the ground. Smaller roots do end up wound around the tiller and there is no alternative but to stop and remove them - but that isn't really a flaw with the tiller design. I found it to be surprisingly powerful and able to chop through smaller roots. In 2 days I was able to till around 2000 sq ft of ground despite having to stop to remove roots regularly. It should now be easy to rake the ground level, add my topsoil and seed.
May 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by fwwelder sweet deal for price
4 years of being my garden work horse and wow worth every penny
March 13, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Doresoom 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.
August 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KJinCooperTx 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.
July 22, 2016