Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 185
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carl Great purchase!!
Very easy to put together, all I had to do was put the handle on. It even came with the oil mix for the gas, filled it up with gas, two pulls and it was running. It has a depth gauge bar on the back, and is perfect for cultivating in between rows. It is very light weight, has a throttle to go as fast as you want it to go. You can pull the tines off to make it narrower or you can take off the middle tines and be able to go right over the row and cultivate on each side. All around great little cultivator!! Great for flower beds also.
June 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by austinlightpollution Great little ground mixer
I ordered this from homdepot website and few days later I got it and did some jobs with it
Good quality, easy to operate and custom features from scratch cultivation to deeper soil tilling
Starts easy reliable for my 4th July pumpkin start date. i used it prep garden for new pumpkin patch.
Compared to other small tillers this one is smooth and quieter and poweful good for any small garden plot or vary large planters and raised beds also.
July 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by vssss Well Made Machinery
The craftmanship going into creating the Powermate 10 in. Cultivator is high quality and detail oriented. The parts are tight fitting with remarkable strength capabilities. Assembly was extremely easy, because 90% of the cultivator was already pre-assembled at the manufacturing plant. The handles did require attachment with screws and wingnuts, however the hardware is large and handles easily. The fuel tank is front and center of the machine, which is smart placement for accessability. The bottle of oil is included for your first gallon of gasoline mixture. Having a one or two gallon gas can dedicated to this gasoline and oil mixture would be convenient. The non-slip gripped handles are very comfortable and go a long way in ensuring the job at hand completes in a timely manner. The motor is tight, the blades are strong, and the Powermate Cultivator appears made to last a long time. Many levels of gardening expertise could receive enjoyment from this machine. I happily give the Powermate two green thumbs up.
July 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Neelam I love this tool - time saver - easy to use - a must have for gardeners
Out of the box, it required super easy tool free assembly that took about 5 minutes. All it needed was attaching the handles using wing nuts, that’s it. Powermate included 2.6 oz. two stroke engine oil that needed mixing with one gallon of gas.
So far, it has not taken more than 4 pulls to start and I have not experienced any start-up issues. Of course it’s new and I do not expect any problems either but given the fact that I use 93 grade gas, none of my 2 strokes out-door tools have ever given me any issues. So stick with 93 grade along with the fuel stabilizer.
This cultivar is very easy to use and Powermate has made some improvements compared to its predecessor. The top handle is now 19” wide which makes it is much more stable, easy to control and less tip over. On/Off switch is now close to the engine assembly instead of next to the handle. Ergonomically I believe these are well thought improvements.
I used it on a project where I had to plant 25 evergreens around the entire parameter of my patio. My ground is all clay and very hard to granulize. I dug a 50 feet long trench to place all 25 bushes two feet apart.
The trench was about 20 inches wide so I had no trouble fitting this cultivator inside the trench. I was thrilled with its performance as it took no time in tilling the soil and breaking it apart into small granular form.
Initially I thought I would end up using new ground soil. But observing the results it produced on my clay soil, I mixed my current soil with 4 bags of manure and humus, made a big pile on a tarp and put this cultivator on top of it, ran it for good 20 minutes to completely mix and further granulate it. Within half hour, I had rich ground soil ready for my plants. It saved me at least 10 bags of ground soil that would’ve cost $80 plus. Top score on that.
Since it is light weight, I am also using it on my above-ground vegetable bed. I simply place it inside the parameter of the bed and run it. A task that used to take about 25-30 minutes is now completed within 3-4 minutes without any fatigue.
Remember that its tines are not made for digging, it’s a cultivator, so dig out using a shovel and a pick, then use this to break down the soil.
If you have a flower bed, vegetable garden or mulch beds, you got to get one of these and start enjoying the gardening.
I strongly recommend this power tool.
June 27, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Verified Reviewer The little engine that could
This arrived in the factory packaging and took very little time to assemble. All I had to do was attach the handles using the provided wing nuts, clip the throttle cable on to the handle, mix the proper ratio of gas to oil (a tad more than 2.5 ounces per gallon of gas), and I was up and running.
Powermate equipped this with a 2 stroke engine otherwise known as 2-Cycle. This means you're going to have to mix gas and oil (make sure you use the right stuff) because there is no crankcase to fill. Powermate includes a bottle of the stuff to get you started. Smaller two stroke engines usually have the advantage when it comes to the weight to power ratio so I have a feeling that's why this style engine was chosen. I personally prefer 4-Cycle engines due to them being able to use straight fuel and I feel like they last a bit longer. But this is a garden cultivator basically so you might use it once or twice a year. This is a small unit suited for tilling a garden or mulch bed. I wanted to see if this little unit could break through some sections of my lawn that need to be re-seeded and it performed better than I would have expected. Make no mistake, this is billed as a "cultivator" which means it's really just supposed to mix/rotate/aerate the soil in your garden and won't have the power or capability you would get from one of the big full size tillers but I was able to use it on small sections of my lawn to loosen up the soil prior to putting down grass seed.
After priming the carburetor it started on the third pull and once it got going I switched off the choke and it idled great. While using it I didn't even need to apply full throttle. I was able to do the job using around one half to 2/3 full throttle. It was very easy to control and it was easy to pull it backwards toward myself. Even though the engine doesn't have a huge muffler it isn't terribly loud. The loudness is probably about on par with a small lawnmower. I don't believe the engine is a name brand unit as I can't find any markings on it.
The handles are really long so you can get quite a bit of leverage. The handle grips are very comfortable even after using it for a while. The left handle is a little loose on mine. I have tried tightening the wing handle nut but I'm afraid to tighten it too much and strip it out. It's still usable though.
The blades can be removed and rotated so as to increase the cultivation width or to leave a gap in the middle if desired.
Thanks to the small engine it is very lightweight. This is great when moving it around the yard or picking it up to store it away. The handle in the front makes picking it up a lot easier. Overall, a nice little unit that should work in just about anyone's garden.
June 27, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cb88 Encouragement for Urban Gardening.
Easy to start, easy to use, idea for small spaces.
Very surprised how powerful this tiny tiller was. I expected
it to just bounce off the ground but it dug right in and tilled
the soil into a nice power. It was easy to start, and had a choke
position, primer bulb, and pull start. It started on the first pull.
It requires an oil/gas mixture of 50:1. The options include removing
tines to narrow the tilling area even smaller. The lever which
engages the tines is either on or off, there is no variable speed.
Pretty impressive for such a small engine. It is also very
light weight. The tines dig down about 6 inches maximum, could probably
go deeper if you stayed in the same spot for a minute or two longer.
It is not very loud even when engaged, more quiet than a gas mower.
April 30, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ThisOldGarageNJ This is an ANGRY Machine !!!
This machine came well packed and arrived promptly. Assembly is a few minutes which only involves attaching the handlebars and filling the gas/oil tank.
It has a pretty large fuel tank for a smaller machine and should run quite a while, What amazed me the most was the amount of power. I have been slowly digging a hole for a dry well I was installing at my home. I had reached a spot about 3 feet down where the soil was incredibly HARD and PACKED... Since this machine is light enough for almost anyone to handle I was able to easily lift it down into the hole and use it to cut thru thru the hard pan so I could continue to dig, rather than having to use a pick axe.
This little machine TORE thru everything like it was butter, I was really amazed at the torque and power for something this size. You wont be disappointed. Starts easily and runs well... This is money well spent.,
May 3, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by trogo Powerful Little Cultivator
If you plant a small garden every year then the Powermate 10 Inch 43 cc 2-Cycle Cultivator may be just what you need. This cultivator may be small, but it’s very powerful and performs well. It quickly tears through compacted soil and is easy to handle.
The Powermate 10 Inch 2-Cycle Gas Cultivator comes with a 43 cc (OEM Branded) engine, four 8 inch diameter tines that cultivate a 10 inch path, adjustable wheels for setting depth, and an adjustable spike for creating drag. The little 43 cc engine started right up and runs flawlessly. It quickly cultivates a small garden soil with little effort.
The only negative is the flimsy handle connections on the cultivator. Bracing between the handle ends makes the handles much sturdier. Overall, the good performance outweighs the flimsy handles. Recommended for cultivating small home gardens.
April 20, 2016