Rated 4 out of 5Â by 23
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Pepsieholik Awesome machine!
Went together pretty easily. For me, the hardest thing was getting the tiller out of the frame in the box. It was heavier than I thought it would be, but then I have never used one of these before. For me, the best way to get it to the other side of the house was to start it up and let it crawl under it's own power, with the blades lifted. After clearing the yard, my wife wanted to run the tiller. I adjusted the blade depth, showed her the forward/reverse and she took it from there. Other than discovering unknown sprinkler lines and a couple of tree roots it was a great experience. After adding the oil and the gas, and figuring out the controls, it only took a couple of pulls to start. It runs great, and did a great job. So easy, all I had to do was stay hydrated, and my wife did the rest. If you're a weekend warrior like us, You'll love it!
March 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by hpiguy Powerful, Counter Rotating Tines for Smooth Tilling, Quiet Running, Easy to Use
This counter rotating tiller offering from Powermate is what you need when you have larger gardening and lawn tasks.
So far I've used it for deep tilling and mixing in compost into my vegetable garden and also breaking up old dried up turf to plant new grass seed. It has accomplished all tasks without a hiccup or problem. It tears through hard grass covered turf like a champ. Not an easy task for many smaller machines.
The tiller will come on a pallet in a large cardboard box. Once you cut the box free, the tiller chassis is bolted to a sturdy steel frame to protect it. And protect it is does. You can get the tiller out by yourself of you think it through (I was able to) but it really is a two person job.
There is a parts bag with the tiller and it contains everything you'll need to assemble it, fill it with oil and get it running aside from fuel. Included is the hardware (the entire tiller is assembled with coated Grade 8 hardware, a big plus) for the handle, the front push bar style handle, and the locking pins for the wheels. That's it. They even include nice cast wrenches, not the pressed metal cheapies usually included. With one person, you'll have the handle adjusted to your height and the wheels on within 30 minutes total max.
I thought the directions in the manual were well done. They include everything for assembly,operation and full maintenance. The "Getting Started" sheet tossed in is not as complete as it should be, but if you ignore that and read the main manual instead you'll be great. You'll get a large manual for the tiller and a separate manual for the engine. The manuals even show you how to break down the fuel bowl for Winter storage if you want to get that picky with it. You can go online to the Powermate website and download the entire parts list as well for ordering belts when needed. The same belts are used on other tillers and are easily available, though they rarely need replacing.
The tiller does say you may use regular gasoline mixed with ethanol (no E85), but from my experience if you do, use a good fuel stabilizer. Or just buy fuel with no ethanol if you can. The fuel can has a great slip in style fuel filter that's inside the tank filler hole and can be removed easily. I wish everything came with that feature. What a great idea. Seriously, all the other outdoor power equipment guys need to do this on all their engines. The gas cap is twist lock and is attached by a chain. Another great feature to keep it from falling in the dirt. It's the little features that count.
Starting the engine is simple, just follow the steps printed on the gas tank or in the tiller manual. First, fill the engine with the included 20oz bottle of 10w30 oil. Fill with regular gas, turn on the fuel valve, set the choke, put the throttle lever at 1/3rd and set the ignition switch to ON. Two pulls and it's purring. Let off the choke once it's warm and go to full throttle for tilling. You'll notice the engine is very quiet. Oddly quiet. But in a good way. It runs smooth with no odd vibrations or misses. Did I mention it's much quieter than expected? I think I did.
Operating the tiller is pretty straight forward. With the pins locking the wheels in place adjust the rear depth guide to the depth you want to till (shallow for starting in hard turf, or deeper for soft soil) and start the engine and let it warm up. Once the engine is warmed up and you shut the choke off, step to the back of the tiller, grab both handles and push the forward lever down all the way to the handle and you're off. Any time you have the levers engaged, the tines will be turning. The tiller proceeds under it's own power slowly. It's no speed demon and it's not supposed to be. It chugs along at a very slow walking pace. Press down on the handles to shove the tines into the turf and it will start digging. You'll notice it doesn't bounce around a lot. A big advantage of the counter rotating tines and the weight of this machine. And since the dirt shields are so big, it doesn't throw dirt all over either.
I thought the 196cc engine might be a bit small for a tiller this size as it's the same size as the engine on my push mower. I was wrong. It had enough power to tear through all the dried, packed and dead turf I had from last year's drought without ever bogging down or stalling. Not once. It just kept digging and churning up fresh soil.
When you reach the end of the row you want to till, release the forward lever, pull up on the reverse lever and it backs itself out and onto the next row you go.
I love how smooth this tiller is. When you're tilling turf, you'll want to hold on to both handles but it doesn't try to jump away from you or bounce all over the place. You aren't fighting the machine, it's doing all the work.
The tires turn nice and slow and confidently pull the tiller along. If the tires start to slip a bit, just give a little up pressure on the handles and it pops out of the hole and keeps going.
I have some small complaints, but worth mentioning. One, I would like an engage and disengage lever for the tines. I know I can unlock the tires and shove it, but being 200 pounds, that may be an issue for smaller people. Letting it drive under it's own power without the tines going would be a great feature. Like you can with a snowblower.
Second complaint, whomever engineered the oil filler dipstick area was clearly not thinking of the end user. It's almost horizontal on the engine block, which means you have to pour the oil in sideways, and it will likely spill a bit. A funnel doesn't help, it wants to run back out. My tip is to tip the tiller on one side a bit and put a brick under one tire on the oil filler side so the oil filler hole is a bit more upward. This will eliminate spills and frustration with that odd location.
Given those two minor issues, it's still a quality machine and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone needed a new tiller for larger jobs, new beds or removing large sections of turf.
May 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kater224 backtine tiller
For the money this tiller is a champ it cut right thru grass and tall weeds.. tilled the dirt wonderfully. Right now I'm using it daily and have not had a problem . Started with the first pull and buzzed right along so nice to have a back tine! Being older it was really worth the extra money to have the tiller more stable
July 30, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by john Powerful but needs a feature
This tiller tore thru the ground with ease. As far as its performance in the dirt goes it makes quick work of whatever you need tilled.
Not much assembly is required, but the instructions could be a little more detailed. (It does come with the wrenches you need to assemble it) After I assemble it put oil (included) and gas in it. It started very easy on the 3rd pull.
I think my only complaint would be that there is no neutral gear, when you just want to take if from one place to the other. Your options are to either start it up and run it to where you are going (the tines will be turning), or you have to tilt it take the pins out of the wheels, push the wheels in and then reinsert the pin.
May 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Aayan Very powerful and easy to control
The tiller ships in a 45â long, 24â wide and 19â tall box, bolted in a metal frame. Just cut the box from all four sides so you donât have to pull it out of the box since the unit is really heavy.
Assembly took about 10 minutes with the provided pair of wrench. You just have to bolt upper handle, lower handle and front handle and then the tires assembly with the locking pin. Itâs very simple and straight forward process.
Its 196 cc engine comes empty but a 19 oz. engine oil bottle is shipped with the tiller. Add the oil, set the choke, and set the power switch to ON, pull the cord and you are rolling. The startup was a breeze, it started on first pull. It also requires transmission oil âSAE 90W-140â which is pre-filled from the factory.
13â pneumatic tires can be set for transportation or for engaging the tiller by simple pull/push of a pin. Based on your tilling needs, you can set the throttle.
The area where I ran this tiller was a tree save area. This area had all kinds of ivies with clay soil containing natural stones of different sizes from 2 inches to 8 inches. This machine showed no mercy and tilled through anything in its way. During tilling, there were bunch of ivy branches got rolled into tines. These were not easy to pull off. I just used a hand held battery powered saw to cut them so itâs easier to pull them out.
Its 13 inch tires in the middle with the engine on the front and tines in the back provides ultimate balance and control. You can drive the tiller forward or reverse which is very convenient in tough landscapes. Overall, itâs very powerful machine with a great control. I am very impressed with its performance and highly recommend it. Watch my video to see the tiller in action.
June 4, 2013