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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- It is inexpensive. Having said that, there are several other models comparably priced.
- 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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This cultivator is extremely loud and doesn't dig on the forward stroke.Published 7 months ago by David F. Lukkarinen
The first time use was exactly what I expected. Worked great. I have owned a useless piece of machinery since. I have gone through the users guide, over and over. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Theresa Winter
I found this to be a piece of garbage. It overheats and stalls. After the fourth use the pull cord snapped and I can't replace it without taking it to the shop because it requires... Read morePublished 10 months ago by RICHARD D. RUDNIK
Hard to start. you need to put it something that would hold it in place. Leaked fuel within monthsPublished 11 months ago by Karen Horsekeeper
This was definitely not worth the money - we gave it away after the first seasonPublished 12 months ago by Arlene E. Newbold
Junk do not buy wont start once running wont stay running do not waste your time or money on this item!!!Published 20 months ago by 3lakes
I love, love , love this little thing. It really does the job and so much easier and safer to handle. I bought it for my 91 year old father who is still gardening. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by annette pratt