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Yard Machines 121R 31cc 2-Cycle Gas Powered Cultivator/Tiller (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Helps you prepare your garden for planting
  • 8-inch tines thoroughly break up soil
  • Tines can be adjusted from 6 to 10-1/4 inches wide
  • Plow-type handle gives you more control
  • Non-CARB Compliant/Not For Sale In California
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 20.2 x 33.2 inches ; 28 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 32 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is available for shipping in the U.S. except for California and to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0007ZK5XA
  • Item model number: 121R
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,759 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Yard Machines 2-Cycle 1 HP Cultivator is a handy solution for your tilling needs with its 8-inch heat-treated steel tines and plow-type handle that gives you added control. EZ-pull starting and a maintenance-free heavy-duty gearbox eliminate frustration, and you can adjust the width of the tines from 6 to 10-1/4 inches. This cultivator is backed by a 2-year limited warranty.

Product Description

"MTD SOUTHWEST" GAS POWERED YARD/GARDEN CULTIVATOR Yard-Machines Label Gas Powered Yard & Garden Cultivator 31CC 2 Cycle Engine EZ-Pull Starting Adjustable Tine Width From 6" To 10-1/4" Heat Treated 8" Steel Tines Sealed Maintenance Free Heavy Duty Gearbox.

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Customer Reviews

As I tell my wife, that's a good trait in a husband!
Wes Wilson
We love this small tiller - it's just what we need and has great power - more than we need!
Pamela R. Briggs
Shop around for something else - it's a waste of money!
Ginny

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 56 people found the following review helpful By D. Korfel on April 9, 2007
Hi- I'm not sure what issues the others have had with this machine, but it's awesome. I've been using the one I bought new for about 3 years now at my home and honestly it's been worked hard and a little abused... but it works as well as brand new. I use it to clear raw land by helping dig out roots, to help grade soil, to make new garden space, etc. My neighbor has seen the results & asked me where I got it. The only negative I can see is the lack of available attachments- I'd like to see an aerator, edger & dethatching attachment for it.
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on November 11, 2007
I had my #121 Cultivator for just over one year when it broke. I had only tilled our 400sqft garden with it two times before it went kaput and am very disappointed with its durability.

Pros:

- It is inexpensive. Having said that, there are several other models comparably priced.

Cons:

- As another reviewer noted, the pull is exceptionally hard. I'm a big guy, but it always required a tremendous effort to pull the starter.

- It doesn't have a very deep till depth - only 5 inches. I am going to look for a new tiller with at least 8 inches.

- It is very noisy.

- The tines tend to go along the surface of the soil vice dig in. As a result, you spend a lot of time man-handling the unit to try to get the tines to turn over the soil.

- It only lasted for two uses. This fall, something in th edrive train broke. The tines no longer spin, the pull is no longer connected to the motor, etc. While it may still be under warranty, I'm not sure that I want to go through the effort of repairing.

From the research that I have done, for the money I'd recommend that you skip this tiller and take at look at the Ryobi cultivators with the "JustAddSand" feature.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ChrisF on May 11, 2010
I purchased this small tiller this spring after having removed the sod on my new 16x9 garden and flower beds.

My intention is to use this to dig down another few inches into the soil and also mix in composted manure for me. It has not disappointed me yet in my intended tasks.

Out of the box it was assembled with the handle up in a few seconds. I followed the directions for starting and she started with relative ease being a new small engine. A few minor flameouts later and she was idling perfectly. Total time from box to idling well at half choke by itself was 10 minutes.

It takes some time to warm this up all the way to turn the choke off. It was about 55F out and I had to leave it at half choke for 10 minutes or so while working with it. It ran fine at half choke, just minus some speed at the tines. After it got nice and hot I flipped the choke off and she really gained pep as expected.

It digs nice and deep into mildly packed soil and mixed in heavy rain-soaked composted manure easily. About 20-25 minutes to do the garden was all it took.

My tip is to pull this machine backward slowly, don't try to walk it forward or it rides up and out of the dirt. Go backwards at 3/4 or more throttle and it digs right in.

I didn't think this was any louder than any other two stroke. The exhaust does not blow in your face, it comes out towards your shins. The engine fan blows hot air upwards, and that is what I think people are calling exhaust. If it annoys you, stop leaning so far over the engine I guess.

I tried it on a patch of non broken grass along the edge of the new garden and it chewed it up, but in untouched grass, you'd need to really move slow and work hard to get this to bust dry sod well.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By bz on January 7, 2007
It starts. It spins. It gets the job done. It is the cheapest model you can find. That is about it. Nothing special.

Pros:

If you have something stuck in the wheels, the clutch engages. So, it will not force the engine to stall. It is not heavy either. You can fold the handle in half to save space.

Cons:

It starts easily if you follow the instruction. But it is very difficult to pull the rope. It is not smooth at all. It feels like there is something stuck inside the pulley all the time. Every time I try hard to pull the rope, I feel like I am going to break the thing.

Another thing is that this engine is very very noisy. I can compare this with my lawn mower and string trimmer. My lawn mower is not that noisy at all. My string trimmer is kinda noisy. This cultivator is extremely noisy! You can lose your hearing with this engine. My neighbor actually came over and got mad. So, be prepare if you are going to use it all weekend.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MnM on September 25, 2011
My garden plot has a lot of clay soil and mixing in compost with a shovel was hard work and didn't do a very good job. So when I saw this cultivator for less than $200 I decided to give it a try.

It started up just fine following the instructions. As others have said, the pull cord does not pull smoothly and feels like something catches as you pull. It's also awkward to start--pulling with your left hand, holding the throttle with your right hand and your foot on the wheel to keep it from moving.

It worked great on my garden that had been cultivated before by hand. It mixed in compost and broke up the clay soil with ease. Then I tried it on an area that had not ever been cultivated before and it surprisingly broke up the soil no problem. I was expecting it to bounce on top of the hard ground but it dug right in. I must admit, the ground had been soaked with water earlier that day so I'm sure that helped.

It works best moving backwards rather than going forward. That's the only way I could get it to dig in more than a few inches.

My biggest gripe is with the pins that hold the tines in place. One of them came off at some point while using it and I never did find the pin. That is a major design flaw in my opinion.

For a small, inexpensive cultivator it did a pretty good job.
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