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Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator with 43cc 2-Cycle Viper Engine

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  • Easy to assemble and transport
  • Adjustable cultivating depth
  • Variable speed, throttle and clutch control
  • 6 inch or 10 inch tilling width
  • 8 inch tilling depth
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 35.2 x 17.6 x 40 inches ; 33 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 37 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004R8VFZK
  • Item model number: MC43
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,591 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

The Earthquake MC43 Mini Cultivator is a garden superstar when it comes to weeding, working in fertilizer or aerating soil. Its small size and light weight not only make it easy to transport, but it also increases maneuverability through garden rows without damaging your plants. The high-performance 43cc Viper engine delivers the right amount of power to work through all different types of pre-tilled soil.


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Customer Reviews

Easy to assemble.
Mark David Zahn
Seems a little hard to cold start the machine as you have to pull start several times to turn over the engine and start.
Dexter L Blake
I have a small garden, this cultivator is perfect size.
Martha G. Leonard

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Erin Francis on May 24, 2012
I bought this tiller at Menards. It had good reviews on tiller direct so I thought I'd give it a try! We've had it for a couple of weeks now so I can definitely say I love this little thing! I am the gardening person in our family and didn't want some huge tiller I couldn't start by myself or even push so we got this little thing. I'm a very petite person and have no problems whatsoever starting this. We have the pull start kind. It's easy and not hard to pull. The tines stop moving when you get something stuck. It kind of propels itself forward and when it wants to get down deep just tilt it forward to keep it moving. We're using it in a new garden spot this year so we're giving it a good work out! It's digging up roots (which sometimes get caught) and rocks (which also get caught) but you just turn it off to be safe and kick the rocks out. It's only gotten caught up a couple of times. We're being pretty rough on it! I make two passes in between my rows and this thing really digs down deep! My husband also loves it =) so I would definitely recommend this to anyone! By the way my garden is pretty big. We had someone else till it up with a tractor since it was new ground and then we've done the rest. We have used it on the perimeters breaking new ground. It does break new ground pretty decently but you have to keep backtracking because it's small and I wouldn't recommend it for that but that's because that's not what this thing was built for.
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PROS
* Lightweight.
Tiller weighs about 30-35 pounds, so it's easy to store, move and maneuver. It's front-heavy with the engine situated the way it is, but light enough to carry into raised garden beds. One thing I noticed about this tiller versus other lightweight compact tillers is that this one doesn't seem to "jump" as much as other ones did when you hit hard soil, rocks or other obstructions. One of the manufacturer's YouTube videos attributes this to the design of the handlebars making a line from the user to the front of the tiller, rather than a straight bar from the user to the back of the tines. Not a physics major or anything, but in practical use, it did seem more stable and less bouncy. It may also have to do with the extra weight of the motor. Regardless, it did seem to spend more of its time in the dirt digging than jumping in and out.

* Affordable.
Amazon lists it (as of this writing) at $229, though it can be found at many local retailers for less. I picked up one locally for $144 (not on sale). Electric tillers can often be same or more, and this one is far more convenient to use.

* Easy to assemble.
There are absolutely no tools required to assemble this unit. None. You pull it out of the box and screw on the handlebar assembly with supplied screws that are easily hand turned. It really comes "ready to go."

* Comes with its own 2-cycle oil.
No running to the store to buy oil to mix with the gas. It comes with its own 2.6 oz bottle of 2-cycle oil, so you're ready to go. (I'd recommend getting fresh gas to mix with this. It's pretty important to use fresh vs. gas you've had sitting around. The oil that comes with it has fuel stabilizer in it, which is nice.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barry Hallsted on April 18, 2014
I have owned several tillers over the years. I recently sold my rear tine tiller because it was too big for anywhere but my garden. I wanted something smaller and relatively lightweight to do the garden but also my many flower and garden beds.

I have owned the Honda FG110 before and it was a great little tiller, but our gas that now contains ethanol can't (or shouldn't) be left in the tank very long. Because the Honda has a 4-stroke motor, you can't dump the gas back in the tank, or you'll have an oil mess.

I have a Stihl Kombi with a tiller/cultivator head. It works great, but the tine setup is very aggressive like the little Mantis tiller. It throws the dirt everywhere. I really wanted something with bolo tines like the Honda, but I much prefer a 2-stroke engine so I can dump the leftover gas back in the gas can.

I saw the little Earthquake MC43 and it fit the bill. I did a lot of research and learned that the motor was designed by Mitsubishi and made in China. The motor design is great. I have the exact same motor in my Eskimo ice auger and I love it. It doesn't smoke as it is CARB compliant and unlike other 2-strokes, the larger engine size allows the engine to run and slower speeds if desired and it still has plenty of torque.

I saw that some folks in reviews couldn't get it to start after sitting for a while. That is because they left the gas in it. It is much better to store it dry. I dump back the gas and then start it up and run out what is left in the carburetor and the tank. It is very easy and the engine will then start up on the 1st or 2nd pull.

Is it perfect? Well, I have some suggestions for the manufacturer. A handle from the bottom of the frame that curves back over the motor would be very helpful.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By j. gregory kinghorn on November 20, 2013
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Had a Honda before, works just as well ...does the job easily...now to see how long it lasts (the Honda lasted 4 years)
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