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Earthwise

Model TC70001

Internet #202678372

Store SKU #1000024439

11 in. 8.5 Amp Electric Tiller and Cultivator

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

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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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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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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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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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I'm cleaning a field growing raspberry- the roots got deeper than 8.5 in.
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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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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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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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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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Syracuse, NY, USA
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September 3, 2015
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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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July 13, 2015
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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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Fergus Falls, MN
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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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Dothan, Alabama
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two prong
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Franklin, Tn
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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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Will this tiller cut through small vines growing underground?

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Fergus Falls, MN
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This only has one speed and a low RPM. It cuts up small roots ok but you should check for roots that wrapped up around the tines from time to time.
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Dothan, Alabama
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Yes! When I used mine it cut through a root that was the size of my thumb. It has POWER!
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Franklin, Tn
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Not easily. More important, they will tend to pull out and wrap around the tines.
This mess will obstruct your cutting edges and bind the drive system further reducing the ability of the machine to till properly.
Check at each end of your garden at the turn.
Unplug and clear the blades before starting a new row (especially in new untilled areas).
Even Bermuda grass can kill this little bugger.
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Depends on how thick the vines are. Worst case you will have to stop and remove the vines. But in general it does a great job
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Small vines yes,but you must stop and have a knifes ,wire cutters and remove vines as needed., if not removed, the vines will cause the tine gears housing to over heat.
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My tiller cut through tree roots up to an inch in diameter so vines growing should be no problem. Just remember to keep the tines from choking on all the vines and/or roots if/when the tiller whines so that you don't burn up the motor.
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Yes, but you will need to stop often to clean the roots and vines that wind up on the blades. You wanted them out of the garden anyways, right? The safety start makes this pretty safe but I still usually unplug the power.
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Absolutely. They did get wrapped around the tills when I did this and I had to cut them out after I was done, but they didn't slow it down or decrease it's efficacy at all.
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Flintriver, I'm rapidly become the King of "Yes, BUT" : YES, this plucky little tiller far exceeded my expectations from day one. I ran it to clear the overgrowth (and undergrowth) in my vegetable garden, which has lots of runners and roots that intrude from nearby plantings. It cut through most cleanly and without bogging down, and made a great loose growing medium out of a real mess. BUT, just as with Read More
Flintriver, I'm rapidly become the King of "Yes, BUT" : YES, this plucky little tiller far exceeded my expectations from day one. I ran it to clear the overgrowth (and undergrowth) in my vegetable garden, which has lots of runners and roots that intrude from nearby plantings. It cut through most cleanly and without bogging down, and made a great loose growing medium out of a real mess. BUT, just as with a big tiller, the toughest roots, vines and runners eventually wrap around the moving parts, slow the tiller down and heat it up. If you don't notice this, the tiller will, as it has an overload protection device that will shut it down until it cools off. If you notice a jam, clog or big rooty mess, turn the machine off, UNPLUG it, lay it on its side and clear the tangle with scissors, nippers or anything sharp and safe, and you're back in business! Happy Gardening! Read Less
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it can. this is not the most powerful tiller, but if you move slow and let it cut at it's own pace you'dbe surprised what it can cut through!
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No it won't work very well for that. It can't even handle breaking sod on my bermuda grass. The runners get tangled in the tines and need to be cleared out every 5 minutes.
I would recommend a bigger gas tiller for breaking new ground. The only application this one is good for is retilling an existing garden.
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Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 453 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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