Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 9
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by CarterB Not perfect but will save you time and energy
Compared to a manual tiller or cultivator, the electric unit will greatly cut down on the time needed for you to loosen soil not to mention reducing your energy spent.
I have relatively hard soil in my yard with lots of small roots. This cultivator rather easily tills the top layers of dirt. Due to its light weight it bounces around a little (not uncontrollably so) giving you wavy "plow lines" but not a big deal for the trade off in carrying it around. Cultivation depth can be adjusted somewhat by sliding the wheels up or down and of course during active use by tilting the tines toward the ground.
I found it easiest to actually work by walking backwards but be very mindful of your electrical cord.
The small roots it pulls up can rather easily wind up around the tine axle requiring frequent stops to unplug it and remove the roots to prevent damage. During the first use the cotter pin on one of the tines shook loose on its own and flew off. It hasn't happened again.
Lastly, the bail bar easily shifts sideways out of its bracket for the starter box. I thought I had a dud unit out of the box because once I would release the starter button the machine would turn off. Turns out, the bail bar just wasn't keeping its own trigger depressed. Make sure the bail bar is well seated to the right within the notch of the starter box and rotates it fully when you pull the bar up to the handlebar.
Overall a good unit for small applications particularly compared with manual tilling.
April 4, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Spring Lightweight, great for small gardens
We picked the hardest part of our yard to try this out and it actually broke the soil. Worked great and was very easy to use. Would be great for large garden maintainance or for any small garden tilling. Would also make quick work of turning mulch.
March 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Neelam Great fit for small gardens
The tiller comes almost fully assembled; the only required task was to unfold the handle and tightening the wing nuts, no tools required. Compared to gasoline tillers I have had used within the same size range, this one got very simple operation. Just plug the cable and press the button to rotate tines.
Given its engine and tines size, it does well tilling the soil if the soil isn’t well-compacted.
I used it on the periphery of my patio to establish planting area. The soil delivered to me had big chunks which I grained using this tiller.
I would not use it if soil has a lot of hard rocks. It’s just not made to deal with rocky well-compacted conditions. Storage requires minimal space since I can fold the handle easily.
It needs no maintenance, no oil or gasoline. For small vegetable/flower garden or turning mulch to address fungus issues, it’s a good fit.
April 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JamesC A gardener’s best friend. Time saving, back saving machine. Ideal for a small garden area.
This cultivator comes mostly assembled in the box, requiring only unfolding of the handles and tightening down the 2 nylon spinner knobs to lock the handle in place. No tools are necessary for assembly. The included instructions are helpful and detailed with a number of photo illustrations. A cord guide bar, cord retainer, and plastic retaining clips integrated into the (right side) handle bar keep the electric power cable neat and out of the way of the spinning tines. The debris shield, tines, handle bars and lower parts that’ll contact the Earth are made of metal, while the motor cover and wheels are constructed of a durable plastic. Depressing the red starter button and pulling up on the lower handle bail will get the carbon steel tines spinning. Releasing the handle by giving it a nudge with your index finger shuts off the machine. The foam handle bar grip is not the best quality, but it’s soft and spongy and served to eliminate teeth chatting vibration, however I’d still recommend wearing a pair of gloves and taking frequent breaks to allow the feeling to come back into your hands. Noise level is comparable to that of an electric chain saw or string trimmer, which is to say it’s fairly quiet. The debris shield completely covers the tines and protects ankles and shins against kickback of flying rocks and debris while keeping the soil on the ground. I personally would have preferred a slightly larger shield, but so long as you stand behind the shield, you won’t get pelted with rocks and debris. Being a forward rotating, front-tine tiller, the handling is a bit unruly and laborious when breaking new ground or ground that hadn’t been cultivated for a number of years, and this cultivator seems to struggle a bit. This machine is better suited for light-to-medium duty jobs on soil that’s been turned previously. I had a difficult time trying to maintain a straight line in new ground, but the handling was much tamer and controllable in loose soil that was cultivated last year. I was working in soil damped by recent rainfall and the tines occasionally got mudded, but they kept spinning and cleaned easily with a garden hose. Although not described in the instructions, then tine width is adjustable from 6 to 9-inches by removing a cotter pin, slipping off the outer tine and reinserting the cotter pin, allowing you to maneuver in between and around plants without damaging them. The tine depth is also adjustable from 3 to 5-inches. Being that this is my first time using an electric cultivator, I’m very satisfied with its performance, which I’d say meets my expectation for a machine of this size. This cultivator is light-weight and very easy to use, provided you let the machine do the work and resist the urge to muscle it to dig deeper or faster than it’s able. The handle folds for storage, but at 30 lbs, this cultivator is small and light enough to suspend from the rafters in my outdoor shed or garage, where it takes up no valuable floor space. This cultivator is designed for sod and cultivating light to medium soil in small garden areas to depth of 5-inches. If you use it as intended, I think you’ll be very satisfied. On a side note, this cultivator carries the Remington badge, but is manufactured by MTD. I own many MTD products and find them to be well-made, durable, dependable and safe to use, and that MTD is excellent about replacing parts and servicing equipment during the warranty period.
May 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HoustonWifey777 Good investment!
I've had this product for a couple of months now and have been able to use it and assess its features and usefulness. Overall I like the tiller, for a small yard, it will get the job done. No it's not heavy or weighed down, but I'm not trying to till the earth like a farmer. I had a small plot in the corner of my yard, and it took care of what I needed to get done. I also tilled my mom's yard because she likes to grow vegetables. Perfect.
Haven't had any issues with it.
Easy to assemble, easy to use, requires no maintenance and only minimal space for storage.
Highly recommend this item!
July 5, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KENK Very good tilling and mulching for electirc cultivater
I was quite pleased with the power that this cultivator had. I did not know how a electric would till through the soil but this one was very good. It requires very little assembly and no gas and oil is great. It cuts well as the area I had to do has a lot of weeds and grass and it mulched right through them with ease. Great for small areas and light weight so it is very easy to maneuver around. Again very pleased with the amount of power this had.
April 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 2gtsvette Cultivator for most!
Nice size and weight cultivator. Its easy to take around the yard with ease. Its powerful enough to cultivate most of the dirt in my yard even when the ground was some what hard from our late winter this year.
May 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by alleymca Works Great!
I was pleasantly surprised when I received this cultivator. It looks great and is well built. At about 30 pounds it is not to heavy to maneuver, but gives an excellent tilling performance. The wheels make it easy to move the unit and the electric cord is long enough to reach most areas of my back yard. No more cumbersome, smelly gas. I love it.
April 3, 2015