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Awesome For the Size and Money,
This review is from: Troy-Bilt TB154E 9-Inch 6.5-Amp Electric Garden Cultivator/Tiller (Lawn & Patio)I bought this machine last year with the money from my government stimulus check. Technically, it is called a cultivator, not a tiller, so I didn't know what to expect out of it power-wise. I was intent on putting in a decent-sized garden, but the only place in my yard that was getting good sun was also the spot where my lawn grew the thickest. I mowed the lawn and then went to work on it with the cultivator. With the narrow width, it naturally took me a good bit of time to till up approximately 16' x 32' plot of thick lawn, but I took my time and this machine did it in a day. I gave it a second tilling at a cross angle. I did have some grass come back in the garden, but this year I don't expect any of it to still be there.
With the success I had on the garden spot, I went ahead and dug up huge stretches of my yard and built planters. These spots equaled the size of the garden spot. Then, in about three stages, I gradually tilled up my entire back yard (where grass would no longer grow due to shade) and planted it all in clover. This year I added more garden space by tilling up another chunk of lawn approximately 8' x 32'. I have tilled it twice, but will hit it one more time to make sure I've gotten all the grass killed this year. I've also-re-tilled last years garden area which I had over-wintered in clover.
One thing that had concerned me was the instructions to remove the tines after each use and clean them. This turned out to be an extremely easy task, as they are held in place with ring pins and slide right off the axle. The tines are extremely tough on this machine. I've jammed large rocks in them and also bounced it off the edge of my concrete driveway. It just keeps chugging away with a minimum of care. Troy-Bilt makes a more expensive gas model, but I looked at them in the store and the tines appear to be exactly the same. This model is quiet and you never have to mess with oil and gas. Get a heavy-duty extension cord (or two)--the heavier the gauge the better to get full power to the machine.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2011 7:22:59 AM PDT
I had similar success in starting a new garden, but found it easier to first cut the grass as low as possible, then cover the proposed beds with black plastic. After a couple of weeks, the grass was effectively dead and it was much easier to work the new plot with the cultivator.
If you're tilling a plot for the first time, be sure to have a wooden mallet on hand to make it easier to remover the tines for cleaning. They were easy to clog with roots and other sub-surface debris.
Posted on Nov 29, 2011 9:20:03 PM PST
Morwen Ilse says:
May I ask which state you live in and type of soil you were tilling? I live in Tennessee and the soil here is rather dense. Would you say this would be a good choice for a first time gardener with a weed infested yard?
In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 7:24:32 PM PDT
I live in Atlanta Ga.Our soil is full of red clay. I just bought this tiller and it worked like a charm.Above and beyond my expectation.
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